Rhododendron 'Roseum Elegans' (R. catawbiense hybrid)
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6 ft (1.8 m) in 10 years, vigorous. Leaves medium olive green. Flowers rosy lilac, funnel-shaped, about 6.5 cm wide, with a small brown blotch, about 20 per rounded cluster.
25o F, mid-late, quality rating 2/3/4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]. Flowers are rated down because of their size, but are still attractive. Very cold hardy and also succeeds in hot climates. A very old cultivar, introduced by Anthony Waterer about 1851.