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Description: Reputed to be the most ornamental species of this genus that was previously considered to be too tender for our climate, until that is we introduced these hardy collections from northern Vietnam. Unlikely members of the witch hazel family, with lax branches of very glossy dark green thick textured oblong leaves to 12cm long which can be silvery white below. Flowering mid to late summer in the wild, spring in cultivation, with a flamboyant display of Rhododendron-like inflorescences of bright pink to red flowers made up of many broadly spatulate petals. From one of our seed collections from the Hoang Lien Mountain Range in the north of Vietnam in the autumn of 2011. Best grown in a sheltered warm position in full sun to light shade in a freely draining organic soil that is neutral to acid.
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