'Mi Amor', Very Fragrant Rhododendron

longriver(SF Bay Area)January 16, 2005

Possibly "Mi Amor" is the one of new group cultivars developed from a species. Does any one know this Rhodi?

The leaves are impressive neat and huge, like a tropical plant. Label indicates it will reach 6 feet tall. White cluster flowers with yellow throat are very fragrant. A 4 to 5 feet plant costs only $ 278.00. Of course I bought a one gal plant at $ 19.00 which may take three years to flower.

Unintentionally, I might end up with a garden to have fragrant flowers in four seasons. I have a few Rhodi plants which will be flowering after camellia bloom.

Believe it or not. Some of my M.alba will flower in Feb or early March. Because a few small size flower buds left from last year's are likely in dormant stage. Soon the green house is gradually warmed up by the sun, they will catch up to grow and to flower. Then new flower buds will be normally developed in the Summer.

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daxin(z9 Bay Area)

I have been seriously considering Mi Amor for a long time, but have not been able to squeeze it in my garden. It belongs to the Maddenii group that all have fragrant flowers. Did you get yours from Berkeley Horticultural Nursery? They usually have a very good selection. According to the following link, the most fragrant Maddenii rhododendron is R. McNabii, with a scent diameter of over 100 feet.

For winter fragrance, I have a Lonicera fragrantissima coming to bloom right now and it smells exactly like Daphne odora, which is also blooming. It is a good alternative for people who like Daphne odora but just have a hard time keeping it alive.

Here is a link that might be useful: click 'Rhododendron' then 'Search for specifc type' then 'Fragrant'

    Bookmark   January 19, 2005 at 3:01AM
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risingpower1(Essex, UK)

Daphne odora has a sweeter, less fruity smell than the lonicera I'd say. I'm not sure whether the Maddenii group entirely consists of fragrant rhododendrons as the valentianum doesn't have any mention of fragrance. Apparently the fragrantissimum is the most fragrant rhododendron, but there are so many other strongly fragrant hybrids it's difficult to tell. One thing I didn't realise before looking up some fragrant rhododendrons was that some of them are actually epiphytic.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2005 at 3:36AM
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longriver(SF Bay Area)

Daxin, You are right on. Yes it is from Berkeley. Thanks to both of you for the inf. It seems that I need to go a nursery to smell R. fragrantissimum. Don't worry I am not addicting to Rhodis.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2005 at 5:13AM
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Ron_B

'Mi Amor' is a Rhododendron nuttallii hybrid. The huge fragrant trumpets and heavy foliage is gotten from this distinctive species. I first saw it when I was enthused about rhododendrons in the 70s.

It probably doesn't have much frost tolerance, R. nuttallii tends to be quite tender.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2005 at 11:36PM
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maurice_in_scotland(Coastal Argyll)

A note from the old country! At the National Trust for Scotland's Arduaine Garden on the west coast of Argyll we have a huge collection of Maddenia rhododendrons, just about all of the species and many, many hybrids, flourishing in our moist and mild climate. One of the more recent is Rh. fleuryi, from Vietnam, quite happy here.

'Mi Amor' has been out since 2000, never damaged though it has taken -7 or -8C without a mark. The flowers are huge and powerfully fragrant - the buds are spectacular too, alomost like cones. We have many of the old UK hybrids and quite a few of the more recent ones from your side of the Atlantic, such as 'Mysterious Maddenii' and others.

April and May here is a feast of fragrant rhododendrons as well as much else. Come and visit if you're over!

All the best,

Maurice.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2005 at 5:11AM
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