Rhododendron yunnanense

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Rhododendron yunnanense
Rhododendron aechmophyllum1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Rhododendron
R. yunnanense
Binomial name
Rhododendron yunnanense
  • Rhododendron aechmophyllum Balf. f. & Forrest
  • Rhododendron bodinieri Franch.
  • Rhododendron chartophyllum Franch.
  • Rhododendron chartophyllum f. praecox Diels
  • Rhododendron hormophorum Balf. f. & Forrest
  • Rhododendron pleistanthum Balf. f. ex Hutch.
  • Rhododendron seguinii H. Lév.
  • Rhododendron shaanxiense W.P. Fang & Z.J. Zhao
  • Rhododendron suberosum Balf. f. & Forrest

Rhododendron yunnanense (云南杜鹃) is a species of rhododendron native to Myanmar and Guizhou, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Xizang, and Yunnan, China, where it grows at altitudes of 2200–3600 meters.


It is a shrub that grows to 1–2 m in height, with leaves that are oblong, lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate or obovate, 2.5–7 by 0.8–3m in size. Flowers are white, pale red, or pale purple.


In cultivation in the UK the cultivar ‘Openwood ‘ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[1][2] The flowers are a pale lavender with a crimson spotted throat.


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