North Wales Diary Discussion: Early June
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I must admit I blinked twice when seeing your Rhododendron yunnanense, thinking 'surely not'. I then went to my bible, the Coxes magisterial 'Encyclopedia of Rhododendron species' to discover that it can be 'white, pink, lilac or pale purple', so your plant is clearly at the latter end. It is very common in western Yunnan particularly in the area between Dali and Lijiang at relatively low altitudes where it is often subdominant in regrowth and scrub by the road, but as far as I remember it is always white or whitish there. It flowers just as the leaves develop and is extremely handsome.