Rhododendron dauricum, frequently alleged dahurian or daurian rhododendron, is a compact, small-leaved, deciduous to semi-evergreen rhododendron that is built-in to sub-alpine forests and backwoods margins in the Altai Mountains from Russia into Mongolia, eastern Siberia, Sakhalin Island, arctic China, Japan and Korea. This rhododendron was reportedly aboriginal calm in Dauria, a aerial arena in southeastern Siberia east of Lake Baikal, appropriately the specific appellation and accepted name. It is a compact, vigorous, early-blooming brier that about matures over time to 4-6′ alpine and as wide. Open funnel-shaped, blush to violet blush flowers (to 1 1/2″) blossom in March-April in the St. Louis breadth (as aboriginal as January in balmy winter climates) in terminal clusters at the annex ends or from the high leaf axils. Small, leathery, agleam green, egg-shaped to ellipsoidal leaves (to 2″ long) are semi-evergreen with purplish tints in balmy winter locations, but abutting to deciduous abreast the arctic bend of the growing range. Plant vigor, accomplished winter hardiness, and aboriginal blossom accomplish this an adorable plant for hybridization.