Summer Azalea

sam_mdJuly 13, 2012

I took this pic today of a native azalea. The hummingbirds can't get enough of it. I remember Jim Wilson from Calloway Gardens talking about it. He said it is native along the Chattohoochee River. This will come true from seed, it's not a hybrid.

The first time I saw it bloom was at the Biltmore Estate nr Asheville, the sun does not bleach out the flowers. No fragrance but who cares. Do you have it? Can you name it?

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denninmi(8a)

I think it's Rhododendron prunifolium. Bloom color is right, red/orange, season is right, summer, native range is right, found only in S. Georgia and extreme SE Alabama.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 7:59PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I used to have one of these. As can be seen in the picture, the flowers tend to be a bit lost among the fully developed leaves.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 11:55PM
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esh_ga

I agree with the id - mine is flowering heavily now.

It is also being used to create late blooming hybrids with other species like R. viscosum and R. arborescens. R. prunifolium has no scent so hybridizing it with those two gives you a late blooming, scented flower with good colors.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 8:28AM
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sam_md

"The rarest of our eastern native deciduous azaleas" according to rhododendron.org.
For azaleas, summer bloom is both a blessing and a curse. They don't bloom in the spring so the average customer won't buy them. They are relegated to collectors and connoisseurs.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 9:20PM
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denninmi(8a)

I never saw no miracle of science
That didn't go from a blessing to a curse -- Sting

Well, the "average customer" or "average consumer" probably thinks Applebee's is a fine dining experience. What else can I say?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 7:48AM
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sam_md

Plumleaf Azalea pix taken today. Its always great to look forward to these every Summer. Notice how far the stamens protude out past the petals. These plants are in a shady spot but do get a few hours of sun.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 5:56PM
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