Botanical Name: Rhododendron 'Windbeam'
The flower opens white but turns a beautiful pale pink.
Small, dark green leaves will turn bronze green for the winter.
A rounded shrub that is more upright when young.
4-5 feet tall but getting wider, and better branched, with age.
Full sun to partial shade.
None - hybrid
Description: Guy Nearing introduced ‘Windbeam’ in l943. When in flower it is definitely my favorite rhododendron. The plant will be smothered in white blossoms that in time change to a very soft pale pink. In full sun the flowers seem to sparkle. It has both R. carolinianum and racemosum blood in it, both species show in the flower. Its leaves are about half the size of R. carolinianum. As a small plant, the plant habit of ‘Windbeam’ is rather poor. It is rapid growing, open and ungainly, and requires a good deal of shearing. However, its ultimate height is about 4 feet, and upon reaching that height, it will tend to get wider rather than taller. It achieves very minimal growth as it gets older but each year has more flowers as it becomes more heavily branched. ‘Windbeam’ is truly unsurpassed for those who enjoy the more subtle and delicate forms of plant material.