This is the showiest flowering shrub in the forests of western North America, with flower clusters that nearly rival in size and number those of its cultivated relatives. Pacific Rhododendron is a 5-25 ft evergreen shrub with large whorls of leathery, dark green, oblong leaves setting off spectacular flower clusters. Individual flowers are bell-shaped and range in color from pink to deep rose-purple. When growing in woods, the plants become tree-like to 25 ft with an attractive, leggy appearance. When grown in full sun, the plant is shorter and more compact. Excellent in both wild settings and more traditional landscapes. Zones 4 to 8.
Other: Rhododendron californicum, Hymenanthes macrophyllum, coast rhododendron, California rosebay, US native shrub