Rhododendron • シャクナゲ • 石楠花 • shakunage
I only discovered it this year, with delicate lavender flowers (‘corolla lavender pink’, as described in our Plant List): quite striking tall 8’+ bush on the corner of the entrance steps to the Tea House Garden and the W path… Easy to miss in spring, as you were just admiring the row of fiery-pink mars azaleas azaleas between the second shortcut and yukimidoro lantern, passing by magnificently blooming saucer magnolia, darting at the blue irises in the pond and stealing glances at the blooming orchard ahead. But if you walk slowly enough this Rh. augustinii will arrest your attention all right.
From Singing Tree Gardens: A somewhat overlooked member of the Rhododendron genus is the species R. augustinii. This larger growing shrub has narrow and somewhat smaller leaves than the typical rhododendron, and will usually have a hairy midrib on the leaf underside. This species and its hybrids are very ornamental, producing large clouds of flowers in shades of blue to lavender or purple, pinkish or white, typically with reddish, purple or green spots and/or a blotch. If you have the space, planting various forms, or some of the named hybrids together in a mass will produce a very pleasing display that is quite satisfying to the purple flower lover. As some of the forms of the species grow taller than many of the hybrids, be sure to plant them in the correct height gradation. Some lower growing cultivars might include R. ‘Blaney’s Blue’, R. ‘Blue Baron’, R. ‘Blue Diamond’, and R. ‘Vibrant Violet’. […]
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From Millais Nurseries, UK : […]
This is a most beautiful upright shrub, with flowers varying from pale lavender to deep violet blue, often with green or brown spots. Very free flowering in April-May. It has interesting small leaves usually with hairs on the midrib on the underside with young growth often reddish bronze. Height 140-160cm in 10 years. […]