Some plants stand out from the crowd, and this is one of them. In my garden full of Rhododendrons this is one that draws an extra 'ooh' from visitors when it is in flower. R. 'Point Defiance' was created in Seattle by the Norwegian Rhododendron specialist Halfdan Lem. It is a cross of R. 'Anna' and R. 'Marius Koster' and was first planted on the spit of land that is the Point Defiance Rhododendron Garden near Seattle.
It dazzles because its buds appear a dark pink/red then open into soft pink flowers that gradually fade white in huge trusses of 15-17 flowers apiece.
This Rhododendron is by no means subtle and has been described as a 'show pony looking to win awards with every glance its way'. It was the American Rhododendron Society's plant of the year in 2006.