Mar 142017
 

A fine specimen is Rhododendron hunnewellianum, planted by the laundry building near Inverleith House.  Best seen from the pathway and lawn nearby as it is a top heavy plant, towering six meters with a mass of blooms covering its evergreen canopy. The flower trusses open from a light pink to a delicate pink/white. The inner side of the upper petals speckled a darker pink. Prominent flower parts with the style extending out to the parameter of the petals. It was introduced from SW China by Earnest Wilson in 1908. The species name hunnewellianum is after Horatio Hollis Hunnewell and his family, in true American fashion, railroad financier and amateur botanist.

Rhododendron hunnewellianum ssp. hunewellianum

Rhododendron hunnewellianum ssp. hunewellianum

Rhododendron hunnewellianum ssp. hunewellianum

Rhododendron hunnewellianum ssp. hunewellianum