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FORTUNE'S RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron fortunei
Europe has just nine native species of rhododendron; China has more than 600. When China's floral bounty became available to Western horticulturists in the mid-19th century following the end of hostilities between Britain and China, rhododendrons became highly sought after because many could survive harsh winters. The Scottish plant collector Robert Fortune discovered this species in 1856, growing at 3,000 feet in the mountains of eastern China. It was the first Chinese rhododendron introduced to Britain and has spawned hundreds of cultivated varieties.


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