Rhododendron arizelum

This beautiful species with large leaves is barely hardy in our garden, but it survived -14 C.The orange/cinnamon brown indumentum with an upper layer made up of funnel-shaped hairs is a distinctive character.The petiole is non-winged. Native habitat in NW Yunnan and SE Tibet, China at 2600 – 3700 m. We found it at the divide between Nujiang and Dulongjiang, NW Yunnan.