Rhododendron Rhododendron / Azalea • シャクナゲ / ツツジ • 石楠花 / 躑躅 shakunage / tsutsuji
Three of them grow in area B, in front of Tateuchi Room: one right at the entrance to Garden, below 4-trunked cedar and two by the Lantern. At this point and in their surroundings they look more like a ground cover than azaleas, although they are listed as 12” tall; they may grow to 2-3′ tall and spread 3-4′ each, so they are rather small by nature. They are not prolific bloomers this year, but that too, may be in their nature – I read that they are rather finicky about soil condition and amount of light, so that too, probably impacts their blooming habits.
From Learn2Grow: Rhododendron ‘Gumpo White'( Satsuki Hybrid). Plant Common Name: Evergreen Azalea, Gumpo White Azalea, Satsuki Azalea
[…] Introduced from Japan to the West in the early 20th Century, Satsuki hybrid azaleas are broadleaf evergreen shrubs prized for their large flowers and compact habit. The cultivar ‘Gumpo White’ produces large, clear white, funnel shaped flowers with wavy petals. Flowering occurs in mid to late spring. […]
From Jericho Farms: […] Gumpo White Azalea is a satsuki hybrid. It is considered to be a dwarf grower. It flowers in May and has a fairly large, single, wavy, white bloom.. It is not as prolific a bloomer as other azalea varieties but does provide good color after other azaleas are finished blooming. It is a good choice where a low growing plant is needed in shady areas. […]