Over 6 feet tall rhododendrons can become quite large even tree like these rhododendrons need ample room to grow and should not be planted on small lots or near sidewalks or driveways. The rhododendron species foundation botanical garden is a non profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation public display and distribution of rhododendron species home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1000 species found in the wilds of . This list of rhododendron species includes species of the genus rhododendron which is in the plant family ericaceaedepending on the source there are anywhere from 800 to over 1100 wild species the vast majority of rhododendron species are native to the eastern himalaya and southeast tibet along with the islands of java sumatra borneo new guinea and the philippines. Rhododendron betty wormald large compact variety very dark green leaves bright pink flowers paler inside heavily spotted crimson on the inside of upper petals in huge dome shaped trusses ideal for cold gardens. Rhododendrons originate mainly from the himalayas where about 600 different rhododendron species can be found these range from those in the tender section at lower elevations around 2500 metres big leaved species with their massive leaves up to 75cm long grow in conifer forests around 3000metres
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