Here is one of the more unusual colored forms. I know it is
one of the numbered Smith Mossman selections and I am hoping Dick Cavender can
tell me which one. It came from a mutual friend in the
Portland area as SM 189 which is isn’t.
From: azaleas@yahoogroups .com [mailto:
azaleas@yahoogroups .com ] On Behalf Of
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 1:23 PM
To: azaleas@yahoogroups .com
Subject: Re: [AZ] Re:Color
diversity of Western azalea decreases southward?
What is the
tallest occidentale you have personally seen and where? What is the
most unusual color (wild form) you have seen for the species? Where is
the greatest color diversity centered? Is that Stage Coach Hill?
Canescens is our tallest native azalea species in
South Carolina ; a white form at the north
end of my house is a good 12 feet tall.
To account for
radical variations in color of occidentale, is it possible that the earliest
western azalea enthusiasts could have introduced some hybrids with eastern
species, such as calendulaceum. Calendulaceum seems to vary a lot in
color, on its own I suppose. Flammeum populations are seldom all just oranges
and reds, but more often intermingled with a rainbow of supposed hybrids with
canescens and periclymenoides. I have at least one flammeum hybrid that
is mostly white (grown directly from wild seed collected on LaBorde bluff on
the North Edisto
River in Aiken
Steedman , SC.
--- On Sun, 5/31/09, Richard <red@redsrhodies. com>
Subject: [AZ] Re:Color diversity of Western azalea decreases southward?
To: "Azalea Group" < azaleas@yahoogroups .com >
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2009, 11:01 AM
say that your statement is true in general although I would not call the
northern plants 'tree like'. They are still a 'shrub' in that they are multi
stemmed. They can be big shrubs and, depending on the location, get fairly
tall. I have several in the garden that are 8' or so but they are in
afternoon shade or very old, 30+ years, plants. In many areas in the wild
they are periodically burned and come back with vigor after a fire. Last week
we were in an area that burned in 2002 and the R. occ were up to 5' in some
areas. All in full sun as all the trees were burned.
I have no
idea why they are stoloniferous down south. We do not see that up north.
Cavender, Red's Rhodies, Sherwood Oregon USA Zone 8