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botanical name:
Rhododendron pruniflorum
Rhododendron pruniflorum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Plum-blossom Rhododendron, Tsangpo Rhododendron
synonyms:  Rhododendron tsangpoense var pruniflorum, Rhododendron brachyanthum var. tsangpoense, Rhododendron charitopes var. tsangpoense, Rhododendron sordidum
family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 1.50m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: purple
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Densely bushy evergreen of naturally tidy habit, forming extensive thickets in the wild. Clusters of nodding, bell-shaped, dusky plum-purple flowers in mid to late spring. Small rounded, scaly green leaves and mature branches with peeling dark brown bark.

cultivation:
Well drained, lime-free soil in sun or part shade.

propagation:
From seed, cuttings taken in late summer or by layering.

usage:
Good in lightly wooded areas.

other notes:
Native to the Himalays and northern Burma, found on rocky and wooded valley slopes.

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