Emu Valley Newsletter – June 2017
R. ARGYROPHYLLUM ssp NANKINGENSE
Subsection Argyrophylla consists of many fine species with ssp. nankingense one of the finest, with broad, slightly rugose dark green leaves with the underside covered with a thin fine-textured white plastered indumentum. In its native home Nanking, China it can grow to around ten metres but in cultivation may only reach three metres. When seen covered with fine trusses of deep pink flowers it is outstanding.
Seed became available to western gardens in 1932 when Mr. Albert Steward of the College of Agriculture, University of Nanking, China sent seed to the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh where it flowered for the first time in 1946.
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