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Re: [AZ] Flower Color Red in Evergreen Azaleas

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  • William C. Miller III
    Tad, /Yama-tsutsuji/ is the Japanese name for /Rhododendron kaempferi/ --- generally on the orangey-red side of red. I believe /Kerama-tsutsuji/ or /R.
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      Yama-tsutsuji is the Japanese name for Rhododendron kaempferi --- generally on the orangey-red side of red.

      I believe Kerama-tsutsuji or R. scabrum is redder and certainly has a larger flower.  Wilson describes the color as an "intense scarlet" but it varies to a rose-red.

      'Karafune' is listed in the IRRC as a Satsuki, but I haven't been able to find anything about its background.  You might ask Don Hyatt who had it listed and pictured in the 2006 plant CD as a Kurume.

      In the AZALEAN article on the Harris hybrids (Vol. 24. No. 1, Spring 2002, p. 7, the Harris cultivar name is 'Coronado Red' which is described as bright red.


      iltkyao wrote:

      Hello Barry and Dr.Bill;

      Thank you both for the input;

      Barry-- would you consider Mountain or Hill Azalea (Yama-tsutsuji) as the source of the red hybrid evergreen azaleas that we see today in our gardens??

      'Karafune' was listed /available during the 2006 ARS/ASA convention, but I could not find it on the tables. Do you know how this hybrid ?? came to the states.

      thanks Tadeusz- Illinois- Lake Michigan Chapter Azalea Society of America.

      --- In azaleas@yahoogroups .com, Barry Sperling <barrysperling@ ...> wrote:
      > Hi Tadeusz,
      > As the locals can tell you, I have a bias towards reds. This year
      > Karafune was slightly darker than Midnight Flare (note the spelling) and
      > they're planted next to each other. Colors change year to year, of
      > course. To my eye Coronado is not a dark red but IS the most perfect
      > red of them all. Red Ruffles is my best red plant (growth, flower
      > coverage) but has a slightly purplish cast to its red when compared to
      > Coronado or Hershey's Red (which is almost a perfect red, itself).
      > You can never have enough reds!
      > Barry
      > iltkyao wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Hello all ;
      > >
      > > Bixby-- vivid red
      > > Caroline Gable vivid red
      > > Coronado dark red
      > > Girard Scarlet strong red
      > > Hershey's Red red
      > > Hino Crimson bright crimson
      > > James Gable strong red
      > > Midnight Flair dark red
      > > Mother's Day vivid red
      > > Red Red strong deep red
      > > Red Ruffles strong red
      > > Sherwood Red vivid red
      > > Stewartstonian vivid red
      > > Vuy'ks Scarlet deep red
      > > Ward's Ruby strong red
      > > ------------ --------- --------- --------- ------
      > >
      > > which one of those above would have the darkest corolla???
      > >
      > > thanks
      > >
      > > Tadeusz- Lake Michigan Chapter ASA.
      > >
      > >

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