valapsis rhodie -- sound familiar?

klew(Z7b/8, NE PDX, OR)March 14, 2009

I found a lovely little rhodie at Greer's last year. "Valapsis" is the name they gave me. I am looking for info about this plant.

It has reddish bark that peels, small oval leaves with tiny brown hairs, small flowers held in clusters of four, flowers a clear pale greenish yellow with red stamens.

Sound familiar?

This is also posted in the Azela/Rhododendron forum.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

It's spelled 'Valaspis', after its parents RR. valentinianum and leucaspis.

"Showy, pale yellow flowers, in loose clusters of 4-5, bloom early in the season. Foliage is small and hairy with a bronze hue when immature"

--Greer's Guidebook to Available Rhododendrons

Greer also indicates it is expected to be roughly 3' tall after 10 years of growth, is hardy only to about 10 degrees F. and was introduced in 1935. Good candidate for container culture, being small-growing, small-parted and needing to be portable so it can be protected from low temperatures.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 9:55PM
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klew(Z7b/8, NE PDX, OR)

That's the one. Thanks so much, bboy.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 11:20PM
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