Rhododendron “Moonbeam’ • Azalea

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

Edited May 6, 2013: added a new pic of round shaped Rhododendron “Moonbeam’ • Azalea in Area V – it receives much more sun there than shady area G and the flower growth  much more dense…

There are quite a few of those snowy white azaleas around the Garden, four of them in just Area G along the E path – they grow in relative shade there, so often still in buds when their sisters along the West path, basking in more sun,  are fully open. The bush, when in full bloom,  is densely covered with flowers – most of our ‘Moonbeams’ are shaped into a ball, so they look like spectacular white spheres.  The one below, in Area G, is allowed to grow in somewhat natural state; i’ll find and post the spherical one soon.

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SJG • 5/19/12 – Rhododendron “Moonbeam’ • Azalea, along the E path in Area G – FLOWER

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SJG • 5/19/12 – Rhododendron “Moonbeam’ • Azalea, along the E path in Area G – it’s the one on the R, next to low pink azalea (previously misidentified as ‘Silvester’ and topped by red “Mars’ azalea) – as you can see, they are in the clump by the ‘stay on the path’ sign.

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SJG • 5/19/12 – had a company from above, looking at the ‘moonbeam azalea’ 🙂

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SJG • 5/6/13 – Rhododendron “Moonbeam’ • Azalea in Area V, by the moon viewing platform.

From the Backyard  Gardener:  Rhododendron hybrida ( Moonbeam Glenn Dale Azalea ) Wide, spreading, evergreen azalea developed primarily for cold hardiness along the mid-Atlantic states. Single, funnel-shaped, frilled, white flowers, 4 to 5 inches wide. Flowers are borne in showy trusses of 1 to 4 per cluster. Bloom time is late April in warmer areas and as late as early June in cooler climates. Plant as you would any of the other azaleas: high and in well-drained, acid soil, rich with organic matter. This is usually a back of the border azalea because most of the Glenn Dales are taller, though not all. Filtered light is best. […]

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