Rhododendron ‘Gaiety’ • Azalea

Rhododendron Rhododendron / Azalea  •  シャクナゲ / ツツジ  •  石楠花 / 躑躅    shakunage / tsutsuji

It was on Kathleen Smith’s 2002 rhodie poster, so naturally I was very interested in its bloom; it finally came on this week in the south bed of Azumaya.    Our Plant List describes it as ‘corolla has two shade of pinks’, and it surely does! – see pics below.

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SJG • 5/20/13 – Rhododendron ‘Gaiety’ • Azalea; Area T (South bed of Azumaya)

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SJG • 5/20/13 – Rhododendron ‘Gaiety’ • Azalea; Area T (South bed of Azumaya) – FLOWERS and leaves

From Backyard Gardener:  […] Upright to widely spreading, evergreen azalea developed primarily for cold hardiness along the mid-Atlantic states. Single, funnel-shaped, light purplish-pink flowers, 2 to 3 inches wide. Flowers are borne in showy trusses of 1 to 4 per cluster. Bloom time is late April in warmer areas and as late as early June in cooler climates. […]

From Learn2grow:  […] Displaying showy clusters of large, rose-pink, crimson-blotched blooms in early to mid-spring, ‘Gaiety’ is one of the more than 400 evergreen azalea hybrids developed from the late 1920s through the 1940s at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Introduction Station at Glenn Dale, Maryland. […]

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