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Description of Rhododendron 'Besse Howells'

R. 'Besse Howells' 
Photo by: Joe Coleman

Seed Parent x Pollen Parent: 

red catawbiense hybrid x Boule de Neige 

Predominant Flower Color: 


Flower / Truss Description: 

Flower openly funnel-shaped, frilly, 2" across, deep purplish-red with a deep red blotch. Held in ball-shaped truss. 



Bloom Time: 

Early Midseason 

Height (ft.) in 10 Yrs: 

Cold Hardiness Temperature: 

-20F  (-29C)

Foliage Description / Plant Habit: 

Leaves 4" long, shiny, slightly wrinkled. Compact habit. 

Elepidote (E) or Lepidote (L): 



Registration Reference: 

ARS 733 

 Note: Bloom time and 10 year height information are approximate and can vary dependent on local climate and soil conditions.
Hardiness temperature is also an approximate guideline.

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