Rhododendron • Azalea (white by E roji gate in Area W)

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

Not much to say about it, as we don’t have much info about this plant. It seats on the bottom left (south) of the steps to East (Enter) roji gate, and it blooms boldly beginning/mid May, when it gets covered in profuse large white blossoms with rusty-brown dotted splotch. In non-blooming time it simply blends into the green hedge surrounding the Tea House Garden and is hardly noticeable (although this year it got some extra-attention, as we too hastily misidentified its flowers  as r. semibarbetum, which in fact is much less showy, and resides inside of roji proper – that was one interesting plant hunt).

SJG • 5/13/14 - White azalea  S of roji E gate. Area W

SJG • 5/13/14 – White azalea S of roji E gate. Area W

SJG • 5/13/14 - White azalea S of roji E gate. Area W; FLOWERS: white with rusty/brown splotch

SJG • 5/13/14 – White azalea S of roji E gate. Area W; FLOWERS: white with rusty/brown splotch

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