Rhodoleia championii/Hong Kong Rose, Silk Rose

Rhodoleia championii / Rhodoleia championii
Foliage resembles that of Rhododendrons
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Foliage resembles that of Rhododendrons

Small treees are generally 15 or more feet in heigth

A large number of flowers produced

A close view of the flowers

Close-up view of flowers in February at Jenkin's Nursery in Louisiana

Late winter flowers

Exotic flowers

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Scientific Name: Rhodoleia championii
Common Name: Hong Kong Rose, Silk Rose
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Winter
Flower color: Pink, Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: It will withstand temperatures in the teens and possibly lower. Homg Kong rose grows well where the summers are hot. Has foliage that reminds one of rhododendron or sweet bay magnolia and leaves are whitish on bottom side like the sweet bay. Stranger still is that it belongs to the witch hazel family. Ordinarily about 15-20 feet tall, it can grow twice this height. Blooms in the cool part of year and on the Gulf South this is at its best in February-March. A worthy plant not found easily.