Popcorn rhododendron

Popcorn flower?

I spent nearly an hour trying to figure out what the heck this plant is. It’s some kind of giant weed/ shrub/ tree, and its leaves are the size of saucers, and judging by the funny two-inch flowers, it’s probably in the rhododendron family.

The flowers unfold like kernels of popcorn. When they’re halfway between tiny hard berry-like buds and the full flower, they look like someone took big fluffy bits of popcorn and stuck them on stems.

This encompasses my whole knowledge of this plant. If you have additional information, please let me know in the comments!

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