Our own F2 hand-pollinated seedlings from this superb big leaf species which has shown more hardiness than the Kingdon-Ward collections from 70 years ago. This collection has handled 10F here in our garden with aplomb. Early spring trusses of big yellow flowers although interestingly, one of the original wild seedlings flowered white. Best in a sheltered position out of the wind and sun where the foliage can hit its max potential.
This represents the first introduction of this species to culltivation from our collection on a shaded cliff in Guangxi in 2012. A pixie of a Rhododendron which is one of the Vireyas and has small glossy leaves and good, dark yellow, open-faced flowers of appropriate scale. These are cutting grown. Hardiness is unknown but Z8b is safe.
Royal Azalea. Aptly named as this Korean deciduous species is a showstopper. Large light pink wide-open flowers in spring just as the new growth starts are, are, are…….my mental Thesaurus has bogged on synonyms for beautiful and superlative so you can fill in with the best you have. Oh, and the flowers are fragrant - you can see my dilemma.
Crazy piece of work but in the best possible way. This is a sport of this Japanese azalea species which would typically have the usual thumb-shaped leaves and wide flower petals but in this selection, the leaves and pink flower petals have become very long and thin like decorative sushi garnish. Nothing like it and a universal must-have.
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