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Rhododrendron Kaempferi | by Bernard Spragg
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Rhododrendron Kaempferi



Rhododendron kaempferi is commonly called the Torch or Kaempfer azalea; in Japan it is called 'Yama Tsutsuji'. R. kaempferi is in the subgenus Tsutsusi, a large section of evergreen azalea species. It is the most common azalea of Japan being found from the southern island of Kyushu to the northern island of Hokkaido from sea level to 4000 feet (1200 m) elevation. At home on volcanic slopes, open shrubland and in mixed deciduous forests this evergreen azalea is an upright growing shrub to 8 feet (3 m) in height.

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Taken on November 5, 2009