Rhododendron ‘Altaclerense’ • Azalea

Rhododendron •  Rhododendron / Azalea •  シャクナゲ / ツツジ 石  • 楠花 / 躑躅 • shakunage / tsutsuji

Sits right behind kasuga style lantern in Area E where the main path forks into E and W paths. Hiroko and Maggie inform that “There are five of them in Zone E, but mysteriously they were not listed in 2011 list. We are adding them to 2012 edition.” It has orange buds which open to pretty big, bright yellow flowers. There are several more    ‘Altaclerense’ azaleas in the Garden, bunch of them very visible along  the shortcut form E path to to Tea House, before crossing the stream (Area F – pic below).

SJG • 5/6/12 – Rhododendron ‘Altaclerense’ – azalea; orange bud opening to bright yellow flowers; behind Kasuga style lantern, Area E

SJG • 5/6/12 – Rhododendron ‘Altaclerense’ – azalea; orange bud opening to bright yellow flowers; behind Kasuga style lantern, Area E

This description comes from Millais Nurseries, UK: Deciduous Azalea Altaclerense: Yellow flowers with an orange blotch in a large globular head which flowers in late May. Tall upright habit, and best in light shade. Height 150-175cm in 10 years.  This is a showy old hybrid raised at Highclere Castle dating from 1862. It’s naming is a Latinised version of Highclere, the location for the recent TV series Downton Abbey. 

SJG • 5/6/12 – Rhododendron ‘Altaclerense’ – azalea; orange bud opening to bright yellow flowers; along the shortcut between E Path and Tea House; Area F.

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