- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, broadly upright, grows to 3 ft (0.9 m) high in 10 years, grows to 16 ft in the wild,
small branches covered with a brown or whitish tomentum (short,fuzzy pubescence). Leaves simple,
alternate, oblong-lance shaped or oblong-ovate, about 13 cm long and 4 cm wide, upper surface glossy and
wrinkled with deeply impressed veins, lower surface with a light tan or brown indumentum (woolly or hairy
covering); they lack scales (i.e., elepidote). Flowers are about 4 cm long, bell-shaped, white to
pinkish, often spotted or blotched red, with 6-10 in a loose clusters; unfortunately it is slow to flower.
- -10°F, early-mid season flowering, quality rating 3/4/3-4 [flower / plant &
foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]. Native to China, mostly in the western parts of Sichuan
province at elevations of 7,000 to 11,000 ft (~2,100-3,400).
- wintonii: honoring Sir Ernest Colville Wilton (1870-1952), British diplomat, served in China for
some 30 years.
- Federway, Washington: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden