Rhododendron falconeri

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Rhododendron falconeri
Rhododendron falconeri ssp. eximium - Trebah Garden - Cornwall, England - DSC01337.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Rhododendron
Species: R. falconeri
Binomial name
Rhododendron falconeri
Synonyms

Azalea falconeri (Hook.f.) Kuntze

Rhododendron falconeri, the falconer rhododendron,[1] is a rhododendron species native to the eastern Himalayas.

Description[edit]

It is a tree, and sometimes the dominant canopy tree, that typically grows to 12–15 meters in height, with leathery leaves that are elliptic to obovate in shape and usually about 1 foot in length. Flowers are white to cream, pale yellow, or pinkish, with a prominent purple blotch.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The falconer rhododendron occurs from eastern Nepal through Sikkim and Bhutan, as well as adjacent areas of northeastern India (Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal). It grows at altitudes of 2700–3750 meters.

Cultivation[edit]

In cultivation in the UK, Rhododendron falconeri has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[1][2] It is hardy down to −10 °C (14 °F) but requires a sheltered position. Like most rhododendrons it needs an acid soil that is rich in leaf mould.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RHS Plantfinder - Rhododendron falconeri". Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 85. Retrieved 2 October 2018.