Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii (Alph.Wood) Gandhi & Zarucchi

Chapman's Rhododendron

In pot

In pot


Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Rhododendron

Parent: Rhododendron minus

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 4 to 10' tall and wide (Woodlanders shows 6 to 8' tall and 4 to 6' wide

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dark green leathery leaves, elliptic, tough. Pink flowers in spring before new growth, funnel shaped in clusters, each to 2" wide. Likes moist sandy soil and part shade. Do not disturb the soil around the roots.


Published in Harvard Pap. Bot. 14(1): 1 in 2009.

Validating R. minus var. chapmanii W. H. Duncan & T. M. Pullen, Brittonia 14: 297 in 1962, nom. inval. - failed to cite the basionym, only R. chapmanii A.Gray.

Basionym Rhododendron punctatum var. chapmanii Alph.Wood.

Sold as Rhododendron chapmanii (Alph.Wood) A.Gray.

Native to Florida.

Considered an endangered species.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Woodlanders in May 2012 and planted it in the courtyard. It bloomed in April 2013 and 2014.

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