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can anyone ID this old azalea

Posted by davidrt28 7 (My Page) on
Sat, May 18, 13 at 15:57

Based on my understanding, it would have been planted before the mid 70s. (According to an elderly neighbor, no one who owned the house after that did anything in the gardens until I came along)

The interesting thing is most years it is much closer to a solid purplish-fuchsia color. This year has been very cool and cloudy, and it seems to have made the flowers have a much bigger, brighter white flair in the middle.

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mystery solved - Martha Hitchcock

Figured it couldn't be too rare so I reviewed a couple obvious online sources with photographs.

"Strong shoots often produce purple flowers; however, these same lateral shoots will give flowers of the correct color pattern thereafter. Broad and spreading,"

When i moved here it was over run with weeds and holly seedlings and in the process of rescuing it had to cut a few branches back. When these regrew is where I saw the strong purple flowers.

It's kind of a shame because I might like the sold purple better than the somewhat precious bicolored ones. I have a few for various reasons but I generally don't like rhodos or azaleas that look high hybridized and have improbable bicolored combinations. That being said a plant like Hank's 'Orange Hose-in-Hose-ola" is over the top when viewed close up but gives an astonishingly different orange sherbet color from a distance, so is worth having for that reason.

Here is a link that might be useful:

This post was edited by davidrt28 on Sat, May 18, 13 at 18:35

RE: can anyone ID this old azalea

I'm not a fan of a lot of azaleas in my yard, but I do have a few -- mostly they came with the house! But if I had this one (yours), I'd be thrilled.

There is one very similar to it, if not identical to yours, in a neighbor's yard, growing mostly in shade. I'd love to get a cutting.

RE: can anyone ID this old azalea

On Harold Greer's website you listed above, look at Martha Hitchcock.

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