Sheared Azaleas

MrMiagi48386(z4 usa mich)April 16, 2006

Hello all.

In many of the pictures i've viewed of Japanese gardens,

there are sheared azalea mounds. Could someone inform me of the species of azalea that are used. And additional info on shearing azaleas would be appreciated. I live in Michigan zone 4. TIA

Mr. Miagi

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ronbird(UK)

I think its fair to say its not the species, or cv's, that are important but the azalea/rhododendron 'group'. The 'small leaved' or 'japanese' or 'small leaved evergreens' (these are terms i know to be used in europe) the important thing about this group of azaleas is that they 'break' from cuts into old wood ie they are 'shearable'. Also the habit produced by this breaking of many new buds from pruning cuts gives the dense crown of foliage suitable for tamamono (rounded shrubs)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2006 at 2:22PM
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MrMiagi48386(z4 usa mich)

Thank you RonBird. Your info is appreciated. Will check with my local nursery and find out which of the evergreen azaleas are hardy in my area.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2006 at 11:49PM
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judithva(z7 VA)

Hello,
Here is some nice info and suggestions. I hope this link works.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-629.html

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 7:38AM
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patjonking(z7 VA)

Nice job, Ronbird! It sounds like you know what you're talking about. What is your connection with Japanese gardens?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 2:02PM
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iandad(Z6 PA)

Get ready for a shill folks...

Locked and loaded, make my day.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 6:23PM
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MrMiagi48386(z4 usa mich)

Thank you Judith.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 8:22PM
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ronbird(UK)

PJK,

a career in horticulture and a long standing interest in Oriental style landscaping. Does anybody know what iandad is talking about ?

Ron

    Bookmark   April 19, 2006 at 2:04PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

All Evergeen Azaleas can be sheared.

You'd choose what groups are hardy in your area. This link should be helpful.

Azaleas have growing points all along their stems so you don't have to be careful where you cut. Dwarf Rhododendrons don't, so they are not candidates for shearing.

Technically, all Evergreen Azaleas ARE Dwarf Rhododendrons but in the US they aren't labeled as such.

Here is a link that might be useful: evergreen azalea info

    Bookmark   April 30, 2006 at 1:57PM
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MrMiagi48386(z4 usa mich)

Thanks buyorsell for info.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 4:35AM
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Archer55(Japan)

buyorsell,
I think there are a number discrepancies in your post. For example, "evergreen" is at least partially related to where it is planted. And "dwarf" is a poor choice of words because some of those slow-growing plants can become HUGE after 100 years. Perhaps ronbird can help clear things up.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 10:10PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

If mrmiagi48386 goes to a typical US garden center and asks for a small leaved or Japanese Rhododendron he is most likely not going to be shown the plants he really wants.

In the USA the term is "Evergreen Azalea" for what he wants.
Even if some of them partially defoliate during harsh winters.

A small leaved Rhododendron here is going to get him 'Ramapo', 'PJM', R. impeditum or others that are not suitable for shearing and which are generally termed "Dwarf Rhododendrons" here.

I said that all evergreen azaleas were techincally dwarf Rhododendrons because all azaleas belong to the Genus Rhododendron and the evergreen ones we grow here rarely exceed 4' tall making them dwarf plants by most standards.

100 year old shrubs aren't commonplace in the USA. :)

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 11:16PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Is Michigan as cold as Minnesota?

If so, you may be out of luck with any of the evergreen azaleas.

Sorry

Here is a link that might be useful: Minnesota Azaleas and Rhododendrons

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 11:52PM
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