Rhododendron 'Loderi' hybrid (R. fortunei × R. griffithianum)
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6 ft (1.8 m), plant may become awkward. Leaves large, 20 cm long, elliptic to oblong, rounded tip, medium green, dull purplish petiole. Flowers pink in the bud, bloom pink to white, very large, to 15 cm wide, funnel-shaped, faint blotch deep in throat, 9-12 flowers per loose truss, very fragrant.
- 5o F, middle, quality rating 4/3-4/4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]. Part shade, needs shelter, may reach 25 ft.
- A series of similar cultivars (Loderi hybrids) were developed by Sir Edmund Loder early in the 1900's in England from crosses between R. fortunei ´
R. griffithianum. They are all have large flowers that are fragrant and range in color from pastel pinks to pure white.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast corner of Gleeson (might be 'Venus')