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"It is a shrub growing 2–9 m tall. The leaves, retained for 2–3 years, are 7–23 cm long and 3–7 cm broad. The flowers are 2.8–4 cm long, with five lobes on the corolla; color is usually pink, although variants exist."
This species, like many rhododendrons, thrives in disturbed habitats such as roadside embankments and recently deforested wildlands.
The pink flowering shrub in the picture above (not the lilac in front) is what we're looking at. I took this picture in our front yard. This Evergreen Pacific Rhododendron is at least 27 years old, because it has been there since I was age eight. It's probably closer to 37 years old, because that's how old the house is. It's VERY tall. I would guess at least three to four times my height - so about fifteen to twenty feet tall. I've noticed some "baby" rhododendrons growing nearby too. *** The next two pictures are of a different rhododendron (but same type of plant) in my mother's yard. My dad took these pictures, and if he were alive today, I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I used them.