Rhododendron / Azalea • シャクナゲ / ツツジ • 石楠花 / 躑躅 shakunage / tsutsuji
I stopped for a brief visit in SJG on Friday, May 10th, to check on the bloom of our many moonbeam azaleas… They weren’t in full bloom yet, and somehow I ended up on the Service Road – connecting the gardener’s shed with the orchard, behind the Tea House Garden. This red monster caught my attention, as I never saw it before; I snapped the pic (below), and only later checked our Plant List to see what that might have been.
It must have been rhododendron ‘Eddy’, azalea, listed as 9′ tall, 13 of them, corolla scarlet-red. Looked about right, and what else could that red wall be?
Not much on the internet about this rhododendron: maybe something will come up later; its accession number is WP-83-52, which indicates it’s quite old.
• Found this (ours is bigger than 1.5 m and red) at:
Loder Plants, Horsham, West Sussex, UK: Azalea Eddy. Description: Japanese evergreen, dense shrub, approx 2m in height and spread. Orange red flowers. May. Best in an open situation. R. kaempferi x Apollo, Exbury before 1944 Hardy to – 20C.
Parentage: kaempferi x Apollo
Ultimate Height: 1.50 meters after 10 years
Flowering Period: This plants flowers in the North Hemisphere around May
Availability: This plant is not available. We are seeking plants of this form. Please contact us if you have it.
• and this at Azalea Society of America:
‘Eddy’ (‘Eddie’) Exbury evg Galle85
Note : Galle85 denotes source, listed as ‘Galle85 – Galle, Fred C. Azaleas, Timber Press 1985, ISBN 0-88192-012-6 (with generous permission granted by Timber Press for use of their information)’
No images at either site. aleks