Common name: Yaku rhododendron
Rhododendron yakushimanum sports elegant pink flowers on a compact shrub with glossy leaves in mid-May. There are several specimens in the Garden, but an especially attractive one is along the road south from the Stone Garden in Bed 126.
It is only found in the wild on the Japanese island of Yakushima, a mountainous subtropical area. It was collected by Hakoneya Nurseries in Japan between the world wars and brought into England by Lionel Rothschild in the 1930s.