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common name: Plum-blossom Rhododendron, Tsangpo Rhododendron
synonyms: Rhododendron tsangpoense var pruniflorum, Rhododendron brachyanthum var. tsangpoense, Rhododendron charitopes var. tsangpoense, Rhododendron sordidum
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
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.
Well drained, lime-free soil in sun or part shade.
From seed, cuttings taken in late summer or by layering.
Good in lightly wooded areas.
Native to the Himalays and northern Burma, found on rocky and wooded valley slopes.