Tree Rhododendron Rhododendron arboreum cinnamomeum
Several varieties of Tree Rhododendrons are native to the Himalayan slopes in Nepal, Bhutan, Kashmir, and Southern Tibet. They tend to bloom in early spring and can grow to over forty feet in height. The Rhododendron Garden has two impressive examples.
The first, its blooms shown above, is located along the path below the upper parking lot and is over 15 feet tall. The cinnamon in the name refers to the color of the underside of its dark green leaves. It has white flowers, with purple-red spots on the inside.
The second, shown below, borders the main lawn of the Rhododendron Garden. It has the more common pink to red blossoms of this species. Hendricks Park is fortunate to have these two wonderful examples of Tree Rhododendron.