Rhododendron • シャクナゲ • 石楠花 • shakunage
This Rh. concinnum hybrid grows in area Z, along the connector path – its flowers look similar to all the other concinnums in our garden (corolla purplish), unlike Rhododendron concinnum hybrid in area ZZW (documented on this blog), which has noticeably bigger flowers of different color (pale pink). What it shares with its ZZW rh. concinnum hybrid is the tree-like shape – not sure if it is a natural growth pattern of concinnum hybrids or if it was trained that way (rh, concinnum non-hybrids in our garden have bush-type growing pattern).
From Paghat’s Garden: Rhododendron concinnum, the beauty from Yunnan:
Rhododendron concinnum has gone through many name changes, having formerly been known as R. apiculatum, R. atroviride , R. benthamianum, R. coombense, R. hutchinsonianum, R. laetevirens, R. pseudoyanthinum, R. subcoombense, & R. yanthinum. In 2002 we obtained a narrow, neck-high specimen from the Rhododendron Species Foundation, then tried to figure out where to put it after we got it home. It’s always much wiser to know in advance where something is going to go, but on a once-each-spring sort of special event like the Foundation sale, sometimes the risk must be taken in just grabbing what is most thrilling, just so long as there’s some certainty of being able to provide for it properly.
Most rhodies are slow-growing, but this one can put on a half-foot a year which is moderately fast growth for a rhododendron, fully mature at eight feet, & could someday be fifteen feet tall. In the Weyerhaueser Rhododendron Garden (by which the Foundation sales occur) we spotted some very large ones indeed, right at the entrance. […]
From wikipedia on category “Rhododendron”, + specifically Rhododendron concinnum: Rhododendron concinnum (秀雅杜鹃) is a rhododendron species native to Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Yunnan in China, where it grows at altitudes of 2300–3000 meters. It is a shrub that grows to 1.5–3 m in height, with leaves that are oblong, elliptic, ovate, oblong-lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate, 2.5–7.5 by 1.5–3.5 cm in size. Flowers are pale pink to deep purplish red. […]