Rhododendron • Rhododendron / Azalea • シャクナゲ / ツツジ • 石楠花 / 躑躅 • shakunage / tsutsuji
There are several of them around the Garden, but a row of three mature shrubs behind the Tea House Garden, along the service road are the most spectacular (Area ZZW, one of the few in the Plant book listed not alphabetical, but in order how they appear S to N along the path). They bloom there in shade and relatively closed space, scenting the entire path.
Here is Wikipedia write-up (don’t eat it!): Rhododendron luteum, Yellow Azalea or Honeysuckle Azalea is a species of Rhododendron native to southeastern Europe and southwest Asia. In Europe, it occurs from southern Poland and Austria south through the Balkans and east to southern Russia, and in Asia, east to the Caucasus. It is a shrub growing to 3 m tall, rarely 4 m. The leaves are deciduous, 5-10 cm long and 2-4 cm broad. The flowers are 3-4 cm diameter, bright yellow, and strongly perfumed, produced in trusses of 5-25 together. The fruit is a dry capsule 15-25 mm long, containing numerous small seeds.
Despite the sweet perfume of the flowers, the nectar is toxic, containing grayanotoxin; records of poisoning of people eating the honey date back to the 4th century BC in Classical Greece. […]
And here a link to an informative article on Rh. Luteum from American Rhododendron Society, Massachusetts Chapter…