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R. excellens


An amazing rhododendron species. These vigorous plants not only have powerful fragrance, but the new foliage after flowering is almost 'metal' looking. Huge FRAGRANT trumpets cover the shrub from late April through mid May here in the Pacific Northwest. This species is fairly tender, so if you don't live in zone 8 through 10, you shouldn't attempt growing it. If you have a heated greenhouse and live in cold country, then you would be fine. I have seen this plant growing in a half whiskey barrel on wheels, being rolled out in spring and back into the protected greenhouse in fall.