Rhododendron schlippenbachii is an upright, rounded, deciduous azalea that is native to Korea, Manchuria and Japan. It typically grows to 4-6' tall (sometimes to as much as 15' tall). Funnel-shaped flowers (3 1/2” across) are white tinged with pink. Flowers are fragrant. Flowers bloom in clusters at the branch ends in April-May as the leaves emerge. Obovate to rhombic, dark green leaves (to 2-5” long) turn attractive shades of red, orange and yellow in fall. Specific epithet honors Baron Alexander von Schlippenback, Russian naval officer, who reportedly collected the plant in 1854.
Best grown in acidic, humus, organically rich, medium moisture, moisture-retentive but well-drained soils in part shade. Prefers a sun dappled or high open shade. Tolerates a fair amount of sun in cool northern summers. This species reportedly tolerates more neutral soils than most azaleas. Great for bonsai.