Rhododendron • Rhododendron / Azalea • シャクナゲ / ツツジ • 石楠花 / 躑躅 • shakunage / tsutsuji
I found it in already slightly ratty stage, on the end of blooming period on the banks of area F – it is best viewed from W path, and up-close from the stepping stones.
From Backyard Gardener: Rhododendron hybrida (Bagdad Glenn Dale Azalea) Upright to widely spreading, vigorous, evergreen azalea developed primarily for cold hardiness along the mid-Atlantic states. Single, funnel-shaped, dark pink flowers with purplish-red blotches, 2 1/2 to 3 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. […]