Starting my species rhododendron collection
Hi everyone. Based on this thread on Rhododendron macabeanum, I got interested in species rhododendrons, and I'm starting a collection. I had several areas where I needed large evergreen shrubs/trees, and was looking for something interesting, and these were perfect.
So far I have one R. macabeanum and one R. barbatum. The barbatum has very cool purple bark.
In the fall I'm buying some from the Rhododendron Species Foundation in Federal Way. I'm getting:
2 R. arboreum ssp. delavayi - Described in their catalog as "a fine form, the very best I have seen anywhere."
1 R. facetum
1 R. clementinae - This one is slow growing and not especially easy to grow, but it was my favorite foliage among all the plants I saw at the Rhododendron Species Garden in Federal Way.
Is anyone here growing any of these species? Does anyone want to brag about their species collection? :)