Rhododendron bureavii (Bureau Rhododendron)

Scientific Name

Rhododendron bureavii Franch.

Common Names

Bureau Rhododendron


Rhododendron bureavioides, Rhododendron cruentum, Azalea bureaui

Scientific Classification

Family: Ericaceae
Subfamily: Ericoideae
Tribe: Rhodoreae
Genus: Rhododendron


Color: White
Bloom Time: Mid and late spring


Rhododendron bureavii is a medium-sized, evergreen shrub up to 13.1 feet (4 m) tall, with handsome, glossy dark green leaves, thickly-felted with rusty-brown and very noticeable on the young growth. Pink buds open to bell-shaped white flowers, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide, in mid and late spring.

Rhododendron bureavii - Bureau Rhododendron
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USDA hardiness zone 6a to 8b: from −10 °F (−23.3 °C) to 20 °F (−6.7 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Once properly located in the planting bed, water thoroughly and cover with an organic mulch which will break down to supply nutrients as it decomposes. A pine bark covering applied at 2 inches (5 cm) is thought to inhibit fungi that cause root rot. Do not mulch with peat moss, as it is difficult to rewet after it has dried out. Proper mulching will decrease the need for future care.

Rhododendron care includes a yearly fertilization which is best applied in fall, following a hard freeze or in early spring. Use a fertilizer for acid loving plants, such as organic cottonseed meal. The organic material you have worked into the soil previously will break down to provided some of the necessary nutrients.

Consistently moist soil is needed for proper care, but too much water creates problems for the growing Rhododendron. When leaves curl and twist, this indicates that water is needed immediately. The Rhododendron bush should not be allowed to go through the stress of wilting… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Rhododendron


Native to western Sichuan and northern Yunnan, China, where it grows at altitudes of 2800–4500 meters.


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