Rhododendron campanulatum ‘Roland Cooper’

Rhododendron campanulatum 'Roland Cooper' 19170014

Rhododendron campanulatum ‘Roland Cooper’ 19170014

Currently flowering profusely but tucked away at the back of a bed near Inverleith House is the large shrub Rhododendron campanulatum ‘Roland Cooper’

This plant was collected as seed in what is now the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on the 20th of October 1916 by Roland Edgar Cooper. This was his last plant collection expedition for A.K. Bulley of Ness; cut short when Cooper volunteered to join the Indian Army Reserve of Officers, serving initially with the 1st Reserve Ghurkha Rifles on the North West Frontier of India which is now in Pakistan.

Rhododendron campanulatum is a widespread species in the Himalaya occuring from Bhutan in the east to Kashmir in the west and as a result show a fair bit of variation in colour and form. The original scientific description of R. campanulatum was published in 1821 by the Scottish Botanist David Don who went on to write the first Flora of Nepal. The original material was collected in Nepal and formed part of the large East India Company Herbarium distributed by Natanial Wallich.

This plant was given the cultivar name after recieving an Award of Merit at the 1964 Scottish Rhododendron Show which was held in Glasgow. It was described as being as being a distinctive form with its scented, predominantly white flowers extensivley shaded with mauvette with scattered crimson spots on the upper lobe and persistant sandy brown tomentose on the underside of the leaf.

 

Rhododendron campanulatum 'Roland Cooper' 19170014

Rhododendron campanulatum ‘Roland Cooper’ 19170014

Rhododendron campanulatum 'Roland Cooper' 19170014

Rhododendron campanulatum ‘Roland Cooper’ 19170014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
Accession Number:19170014
Scientific Name:Rhododendron campanulatum D.Don 'Roland Cooper'
Family:Ericaceae
Genus:Rhododendron
Epithet:campanulatum
Collector:Cooper, Roland Edgar
Year:1916
Origin:Himachal Pradesh:Shelimarg
Elevation:4,250m
Plant:19170014A
Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/F15/S/ZD075
Plant:19170014B
Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
Plant:19170014D
Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
Plant:19170014E
Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YH6/1200
Plant:19170014C
Location:/Living Collections/Dawyck/V02
Plant:19170014F
Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YH6/1010
R. campanulatum 'Roland E. Cooper' Cooper RE 5768 19170014.JPG
R. campanulatum 'Roland E. Cooper' Cooper RE 5768 19170014 (2).JPG
R. campanulatum 'Roland E. Cooper' Cooper RE 5768 19170014 (6).JPG
R. campanulatum 'Roland E. Cooper' Cooper RE 5768 19170014 .JPG
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 Location: 55.964945333,-3.209395074
 Location: 56.023940288170003,-4.99337279187
 Location: 56.023889272806002,-4.993450712655

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  1. Gavin Harris

    19170014C is growing well at Dawyck Botanic Garden.

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