Rhododendron tomentum

Enjoy the silvery tomentum on the sides of these glossy leaves of Rhododendron degronianum subsp. yakushimanum, and its thick, tawny indumentum on the undersides of the leaves.  Originally discovered on Japan’s Yaku Island and brought to England in 1934,  the first ‘Yak’ was displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1947 and started the craze for Rhodies.   Cultivars of Yakushimanum tend to have a compact habit, this Rhododendron is a good choice for small Northwest gardens.  [Thank you Pam Pennick for starting Foliage Follow Up.]
Rhododendron degronianum subsp. yakushimanum | #eTilth

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