This is an evergreen tree that typically grows to about 12m in Karin’s Garden. Trusses of pink bells cover this substantial tree in early spring.
There are many of these beautiful plants around in Karin’s Garden and they are flowering early this year. This one is beside the road as you drive from Riwaka into Motueka. Whenever I see a large tree covered in flower in this way, it always seems somehow “wrong” in a very, very good way.
Click here to view the Rhododendron arboreum page in Karin’s Garden.