Rhododendron • シャクナゲ • 石楠花 • shakunage
It looks totally different that all the other Rh. concinnum in the SJG, which are rather mid-size and compact and all have quite dainty purplish flowers, also flowering right now, mid-April. This concinnum hybrid surprises with above the human hight at at least 7′, and with much bigger flowers, described in our Plant booklet as ‘corolla pink and white’. It grows in ZZW, by the W fence, next to the (tagged) ‘Shigitatsu Sawa’ maple (Acer palmatum ‘Shigitatsu Sawa’), near SW corner of teahouse garden.
From Hirsutum: […] In cultivation since: 1904. First described: 1910, (Hemsl.) Origin: West and Central Sichuan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Henan 1500-4400 meter […]
If you click on the Hirsutum page and scroll about half page down, you will see that the picture of flower from University of Britsh Columbia, Vancouver, Canada is nearly identical to our hybrid.
Interesting general information on hybridizing and classification of the genus Rhododendron at rhodoland, from Tijs Huisman – a gardener, hybridizer and photographer in Netherlands: […] The Rhododendrons we see and plant in our gardens are mostly hybrids, bred out of the original species. This hybridizing work started mainly in Europe, first in England, later also in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. English, but also Dutch, French and German planthunters introduced many species from Asia to Europe. Names as George Forrest and Frank Kingdon Ward and many others should be honoured for their contribution! Many plant lovers hybridized with them since the end of the 18th century and introduced thousands of new hybrids. Later also American hybridizers brought many new hybrids into trade and still do with excellent new introductions. […]
Tijs’s entire website is dedicated to rhododendrons and azaleas, and is very informative – that is where I learned that most evergreen azaleas are Japanese in origin.