Rhododendron • Rhododendron / Azalea • シャクナゲ / ツツジ • 石楠花 / 躑躅 • shakunage / tsutsuji
It grows along karensansui (dry river bed) in Area C: 5 young (smaller) bushes border the stream bed, while 2 tall (older) bushes are closer to the path – one of tall ones visually blends with the smaller ones, while the other tall one is set apart by the bench, closer to the gate. They bloom profusely pink in May.
From Paghat’s Gardens (it’s a garden overlooking Sinclair Inlet of Puget Sound): […] The Gable hybrid azalea ‘Rosebud’ is a vibrant shell-pink double. It is widely regarded as the best pink rose-form full double azalea.
The usual double & hose-in-hose azaleas look like flowers inside flowers, but this one’s so curly & thickly petaled it really does look much more like a tea-rose than an azalea. When the buds are only about half opened they look like perfect rosebuds.
It can usually be counted on for six weeks of flowers, in fullest bloom for May, lasting into early June. In some years, a few blooms open prematurely for a very slight April flowering before it really gets going & completely hides its leaves & branches under dense flowering. […]
From Backyard Gardener: Rosebud Gable Hybrid Azalea. The Gable hybrid azaleas were introduced by the late Joseph Gable of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. They are the result of crosses between R. poukhanense and R. kaempferi, as well as many other species and hybrids. Upright, evergreen shrub said to be the hardiest azalea around. Leaves are glossy, dark green, lance-shaped to ovate, around 1 inch long. Flowers are borne in showy trusses from mid to late spring. […]
Interesting, it’s toxic to livestock – From Plant Lust: […] Small, compact evergreen shrub that has double pink flowers blooming in mid to late spring. Buds look like opening rosebuds! While very toxic to livestock, they seem to not be a problem for dogs & cats. Medium growth rate. […]