Rhododendron ‘Silverster’ or ‘Sylvester’ •  Azalea (kurume hybrid)

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

EDIT 5/18/12: I see the error of my ways in the original post below: last year we (mis)identified this azalea, growing in area G as another ‘Sylvester’, even though it wasn’t listed in the Plant Book as such – it looked to us identical to a smaller  ‘Sylvester’ in area I (listed in the plant book).  Last year I didn’t bother to make a close-up pic of the flower in area G, thinking it redundant, but this year I did – and you can see that the flowers are different. SO, this is the real and only ‘Sylvester’ in SJG (and the one below is? Help):

SJG • 5/6/12 – Rhododendron ‘Silverster’ or ‘Sylvester’; azalea (kurume hybrid), Area I – the small vivid pink one on the left, close to the East Gate on E path (the bigger lavender colored on the right is Rh. pulchrum)

SJG • 5/6/12 – Rhododendron ‘Silverster’ or ‘Sylvester’; azalea (kurume hybrid), Area I – flowers

Original post: My last year’s notes say it grows in Area G; the Plant Book says it is in Area I  (adjacent)…  Anyway 2 of them grow along E path: one in area G and another in area I; they are rather small bushes (about 2′) and covered with masses of small pink flowers.

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SJG • 5/6/12 – Rhododendron ‘Silverster’ or ‘Sylvester’; azalea; – TO BE IDENTIFIED, Area G  – Small, profusely blooming pink bushes along E path. Above it: red ‘Mars’ azalea and white ‘Unique’ Rhododendron.

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SJG • 5/6/12 – Rhododendron ?  ‘Silverster’ or ‘Sylvester’; azalea; Area G  – FLOWERS

I didn’t realize ‘Sylvester’ is a Japanese azalea: The Kurume hybrid azaleas of Japan owe their parentage to several species of mountain azaleas, predominantly R. sataense with R. kiusianum.[…]– the Backyard Gardener informs us.

And, according to Chech’s  Praque Garden Centre,  […] ‘Silvester is a Kurume hybrid of Japanese azalea. It has small, pale purple-pink fowers. These hybrids are renowned for their hardines and soil adaptibility. It flowers early, from end April until mid May. Slow grower, mound-forming.Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun some leaves may fall down. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. […]

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