Common Name: yakushimanum rhododendron
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan.
Habit: Grows to 40-60 cm in 10 years. Compact bushy, somewhat upright.
Leaves: Silvery new growth turns glossy green, with dense brown (or peachy) indumentum underneath the leaf. Distinctive white covering (tomentum) on top of the leaves. Foliage curved to shed rain.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Pink buds open to white bell shaped flowers in May, look like apple blossoms.
Water Use, Soil: Prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Somewhat drought tolerant.
Exposure: Prefers dappled shade. Sun tolerant.
Landscape Uses: Massing, ornamental, specimen, spring interest.
Limitations: Lace bug.