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How To Choose Rhododendron
Rhododendron often get chosen for their flowers, however the leaves of a rhododendron are often the best and most overlooked part of the plant.
Some varieties of rhododendron have fuzzy stuff on the tops and bottoms of the leaves.  Called tomentum(top) and indumentum (bottom) the fuzzy h
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airs on the early leaves makes for a particularly interesting plant.  For example, early summer foliage on R. yakushimanum and R. 'Golfer' can be particularly wonderful with hues of yellow, gold and blue tomentum. Another indumented rhododendron is R. bureavii, a Chinese species. This type grows more upright than R. yakushimanum, and can get as tall as 6 or 6 feet (2 meters). The new foliage emerges covered in fawn to rust tomentum with bright orange red indumentum.  If you really want a show piece of a rhodie, try  R. pachysanthum. Its new foliage emerges golden blonde, the surface turns silvery white while its underside becomes a rich cinnamon rust shade.
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