Updated 4/9/13 (photo of the established Rh. concinnum in area Z, and new concinnum bush in ZZW area)
Rhododendron • シャクナゲ • 石楠花 • shakunage
Well visible from the french door of the Tateuchi Community Room, Area B, next to the red flowering Camellia japonica ‘Takayama’ (both rhodie and camellia bloom in spring, this year about the same time). Rhododendron concinnum has widely funnel shaped, purplish flowers and comes from China.
Here is a writeup from American Rhododendron Society: […] Flower / Truss Description: Widely funnel shaped, purplish-red, also mauve pink to white, often spotted brown, green or red. […] Foliage Description: Leaves ovate to elliptic, apex acute, up to 3½” long. […]
And here a very interesting bit from a gardening website called Paghat (check it all – it’s quite in-depth on many plants): […] It would appear that gardeners not blessed with ideal soils for rhododendrons might find this species shrub adaptable to slightly alkaline conditions that would make most rhodies chloratic. […].
Update 4/9/2013: all the Rh. concinnum bushes draw attention with their purplish flowers: