Rhododendron fauriae Franch.
Rhododendron brachycarpum is an evergreen shrub growing 1.5 - 3 metres tall[
The plant is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations. It is grown as an ornamental in gardens.
E. Asia - northern and central Japan, Korea
Subalpine and alpine forests; at elevations from 900 - 2,900 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Rhododendron brachycarpum is a moderately cold-hardy plant, able to tolerate temperatures down to around -20°c when fully dormant[
Rhododendron species generally succeed when grown in a non-compacted, humus rich lime free soil and a position with some shade, preferably light woodland shade. They strongly dislike soils of a dry arid nature, heavy soils or clays[
]. Prefers a peaty or well-drained sandy loam[
]. Succeeds in sun or shade, the warmer the climate the more shade a plant requires[
]. Requires a pH between 4.5 and 5.5[
Rhododendron species are mainly woodland species that grow well in the dappled shade and shelter given by the other woodland plants. They are surface-rooting species with a fibrous root system, however, and do not grow well close to trees that are also surface-rooting, nor do they do well with ground cover or other small plants growing over or into their roots[
Plants form a root ball and are very tolerant of being transplanted, even when quite large, so long as the root ball is kept intact[
An extract of the whole plant is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a skin conditioner[
Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn and given artificial light. Alternatively sow the seed in a lightly shaded part of the warm greenhouse in late winter or in a cold greenhouse in mid spring. Surface-sow the seed and do not allow the compost to become dry[
]. Pot up the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a greenhouse for at least the first winter.
Layering in late July. Takes 15 - 24 months[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, August in a frame[