Rhododendron • Rhododendron / Azalea • シャクナゲ / ツツジ • 石楠花 / 躑躅 • shakunage / tsutsuji
We have two of these low growing Japanese azaleas: one in area C and one by the Kobe lantern, on the top of steps in area O. In 2011 the flowers had pink and white sections, in 2012 for some reason it was solid pink (the one in area O).
The white section slow or non-existent in 2012 – here is 2011 photo:
I couldn’t find much on this particular rhododendron, except for the The Plant Encyclopedia, where they list 2 ‘getsu’ type of rhododendrons as rhododendron hybrida ‘getsu keikan satsuki’ and ‘getsu rei satsuki’; they share the description of ‘compact, low-growing’, but have different flower colors. Here is ‘getsu rei’: Compact, low-growing, evergreen shrub that is twiggy and dense with a spreading to rounded form. Leaves are lance-shaped to elliptic and notably smaller, 1/2 to 2 inches long, than other azalea hybrids making it the wonderful bonzai plant that it was originally bred to be. Showy, funnel-shaped, wavy, white flowers with dark pink markings, 3 1/2 to 4 inches wide. Flowers are borne from May to June. […]