Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 5 to 8' tall
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Loose upright form. Semi-evergreen. Leaves dark green, shiny above, leathery. Terminal inflorescences, funnel shaped, usually pink, occasionally white. Moist, well-drained soil, shallow planting.
The flowers begin to appear in the month of March, continuing through April and May. (Bot. Repos.)
Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 392 in 1753.
Native to Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan and Korea.
Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 4 in 1797:
It is a perfectly hardy plant, being a native of the coast of the Black and Caspian seas, and parts adjacent; from whence it has been conveyed to Petersburg by Dr. P. Pallas, and figured by him in his Flora Rustica. Mr. Bush was the person who brought it to England, on his return from Russia. (This was in 1780.)