Common name: Beautiful-face rhododendron
Rhododendron calophytum is native to the forests of central and eastern China, where it lives at altitudes of 1,400–4,000m (4,600–13,100ft). It can grow to 12m (40 ft) tall and 8m (26 ft) broad. It was first identified by Père David and later introduced into the trade by E. H. Wilson. The flowers are white or pale pink and faintly fragrant. 'Calophytum' means 'beautiful plant'.
1994 photo of flower and 1983 photo of shrub by Roy Forster, City of Vancouver Archives.
Other photos by Tresa Horney.