Rhododendron • シャクナゲ • 石楠花 • shakunage
From Metro Field Guide: This shrub is a solid mound of dense foliage. The branching is alternate with green/brown, tight, smooth bark. The Rhododendron Society rates this one 3-5-5. The foliage is alternate with simple, flat leaves, entire margins, a oval shape and a round base. They range in size of 3″ – 5″ long and 1″ – 2″ wide. They are green in color. The flowers bloom in April/May. The form is a truss, small, round 4″ – 6″ wide. The corolla is bell shaped. The flower face is 2″ across and flares open. The bud is large, 3/4″ and pink. The flower is apricot pink and turns cream yellow with pink highlights and a blotch in the throat of red spots. The fruit is an oval, gray/brown capsule 3/16″ in size and has a spike at the end.