Royal Azalea - Rhododendron schlippenbachii - Tree / Bonsai - 10 Seeds
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Royal Azalea is an upright, densely branched, deciduous shrub that is native to Korea, Manchuria and Japan. It typically grows to 4-6' tall (sometimes to as much as 15' tall). There are 3 to 6 large, funnel shaped flowers per inflorescence. Flower colour ranges from pale pink to rose-pink or white, spotted red-brown on the 3 upper lobes. Flowers can be almost 3 1/2 inches across. Autumn foliage turns attractive shades of yellow, orange or crimson. The plant is hardy to -25, slow growing to 4 feet in 10 years. It prefers a less acid soil than most rhododendrons. This species was introduced to the west when it was discovered in Korea in 1854 by a Russian naval officer, Baron von Schlippenbach, for whom it is named. Its natural range extends from Korea into bordering parts of Manchuria and Russia. It is one of the commonest shrubs in Korea, being the dominant undergrowth plant in some forests. Makes a great bonsai specimen.