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 Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016 
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Post Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
Rhododendrons and Azaleas bloomed fairly well for me this year. I usually do not have a problem with deer (I live in the woods) but this year they got most of the azalea buds. :(
Here are a few pictures showing the blooms for 2016 in my collection.
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R. yuefengense
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Azalea hybrid 'Gregory Bald'
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R. 'Nova Zembla' with 109 flower trusses
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Azalea 'Amagasa'
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Azalea 'Ben Morrison'
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R. catawbiense 'Boursault'
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Azalea 'Amagasa'
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R. yakushimanum 'Mist Maiden'


Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:02 am
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Post Re: Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
Hi Anne,

Great photos and welcome to the board. Keep the photos coming.


Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:28 am
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Post Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
Thanks, Tim.

This is not on the "flowering" topic - this is Rhododendron 'Teddy Bear' - new growth spring 2016.
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Teddy Bears indumentum is beautiful. I enjoy indumented leaves too. The bottom of these are indumented too but white.
Seed grown from 14-507, (brachycarpum x galactinum) X [(yakushimanum x rex ssp. rex) x rex ssp. rex)], John Weagle, NS, Canada. John is on this board.

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Post Re: Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
My father was born in Missouri. Hot and humid in summer for any tropical. Its a wonder Rhodos don't mind the heat.
Anne any of the giant leafed Rhodos bred into large flowers? I have an old Sunset magazine (someplace) from the early 70's of those being sold in northern cal specialty nursery- giant foliage.


Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:27 pm
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Post Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
Tim - nice white indumentum in those photos. I have two 'Spellbinder' on order for Spring 2017.
Below are photos of that one.

Stan - yes - it is hot and humid here and I am trying to grow rhododendrons and other things. I do not know of large-leaf rhododendrons with
large flowers, that I can recall. Perhaps 'Spellbinder' might fit into that category.



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Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:01 pm
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Hi Anne, spellbinder is a great Rhododendron. That's Bruce Clyburn in the bottom photo who is a wealth of information regarding big leaf Rhododendron. I have some seedlings growing from Bruce's hybrid of Nepal x rex.


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Post Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
Hi Tim - when I saw Bruce Clyburn's photo in the ARS Journal some time back with 'Spellbinder' I wrote to him about a source for it.
That started my quest and after a very long time I now have a source who is growing two plants for me from cuttings from their
home garden. Bruce was very patient with me during our correspondence.


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Post Re: Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
Nice selection. I too am a rhodo/azalea nut, but have next to no room to grow any seriously. Do you have R. prunifolium in your collection? It is one of my favorite deciduous azaleas.

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Post Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
Hi Tom,
Yes - I have one R. prunifolium which I obtained from Carolina Native Nursery in North Carolina.
It has not bloomed yet, but is about 15" H x 18" W. Perhaps not enough sun, but not sure.
Wish you could find room to grow your favorite azaleas & rhododendrons. Have you considered planting in pots?
Is that possible in your climate?
What azaleas and rhododendrons do you grow now?


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Anne Rhody wrote:
Hi Tom,
Yes - I have one R. prunifolium which I obtained from Carolina Native Nursery in North Carolina.
It has not bloomed yet, but is about 15" H x 18" W. Perhaps not enough sun, but not sure.
Wish you could find room to grow your favorite azaleas & rhododendrons. Have you considered planting in pots?
Is that possible in your climate?
What azaleas and rhododendrons do you grow now?


Lots of possibilities for growing rhodos/azaleas here, just not much room, not even for pots. I do have a few R. degronianum and the native deciduous R. japonicum (orange flowered), in a pot and the ground, respectively. Several years back I got a bunch of seed from a grower in Georgia - alabamense, atlanticum, arborescens, colemanii, canescens, calandulaceum, flammeum, and prunifolium. They grew very nicely, and I have 70 or so blooming size seedlings, just no where to grow them, so I'll be selling them this fall or spring. Japanese yards are tiny affairs, allowing very little space for anything except a few plants. Mine is crammed to the point of busting.

R. prunifolium is one of my favorite deciduous azaleas since it flowers so late. I had one blooming even in late August in NY when I was a teenager. It is a shoe-in for hot weather climates to boot. I'd only give this one part sun - high shade like under any yellow southern pine species is perfect.

How much land do you have to plant on?

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Post Rhododendron & Azalea Flowering - Spring 2016
Hi Tom - I understand about limited space in Japan, but you have given me more background than I previously had about that situation. You have a wonderful selection of the native azaleas. I like the yaks, and have several of them - Mist Maiden, Ken Janeck, Koichiro Wada, Phetteplace Form and Pink Parasol, plus some hybrids derived from yaks. I will look closer at my prunifolium this week and see if I have flower buds. It is under high shade - mostly morning sun. I have 5.1 acres but most of that is woods. My house lot is about 2 acres and a good part of that is utilized for garden space.
This photo shows part of my planted space. More has been added since this was taken. I prefer not to plant in beds or all bunched together. The shape of the shrub, its foliage, etc. need to stand alone.
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Macabeanum
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bureavii x pachysanthum

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wiltonii

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Arizelum
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Degronianum ssp yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada' x Pachysanthum
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Anne Rhody wrote:
This photo shows part of my planted space. More has been added since this was taken. I prefer not to plant in beds or all bunched together. The shape of the shrub, its foliage, etc. need to stand alone.
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And that gives your garden its unique, un-clichéd character. It will be amazing when all those woodland Rhododendrons mature in an appropriate woodland setting. You've been sensitive to your site and, instead of creating a display, you're creating a place.

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Anne, WOW.............great looking property!! You mentioned you have higher pH soil. How do you amend the soil to lower the pH? Too bad your a 2-day drive......I would like to visit.


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