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Re: [AZ] Chojuho Satsuki Azalea

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  • Mike Creel
    I have observed the flowers in hand on both of these azaleas and I note the persistence of the petals which I think are actually sepals, the leaf-like
    Message 1 of 4 , May 5, 2013
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      I have observed the flowers in hand on both of these azaleas and I note the persistence of the "petals" which I think are actually sepals, the leaf-like structures that subtend the softer petals.  I grow neither one now, having lost them.
      Mike Creel, SC USDA Zone 8a
      Lexington, South Carolina

      From: Jim Trumbly <jtrumbly@...>
      To: azaleas@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, May 5, 2013 3:12 AM
      Subject: RE: [AZ] Chojuho Satsuki Azalea

      The parents (or parent) of many of the Satsuki are identified in the Japanese literature.  If you are interested in any particular ones then just mention which ones.  I have the parentage of all the Satsuki that are registered in Japan.  (Note however, that about a quarter of the cultivars are listed as of unknown parentage.)  This includes Chojuho.  I also have, in some cases, information as to the name of the hybridizer and their location in Japan.
      Chojuho was collected from the wild in Japan during the Taisho Era, 1912 to 1926.  Recently I was discussing the possible parents of Chojuho with Bill Miller.  It is so different from other Satsuki that I feel it must have involvement by another species other than the usual R. indicum and/or  R. tamurae.  For example, here in Northern California its flowers last far longer than all other Satsuki – a blooming period from April to September.  During this period the flowers undergo a gradual change in color from deep bright red, to yellow-green and then brownish green.  Other Satsuki show fading of color during bloom but not a complete change of color.  Thirdly, Chojuho’s flowers are ciliate, having very fine hairs along the margins of the petals.  This is unlike any of the other Satsuki flowers that I am familiar with.
      As I was discussing with Bill there is some similarity between Chojuho and Melba’s Dream, although there are differences too.  What was noteworthy for me was that Melba’s Dream flowers are also ciliate. 
      Jim Trumbly
      Roseville, CA
      From: azaleas@yahoogroups.com [mailto:azaleas@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of John Arnett
      Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 1:33 PM
      To: azaleas@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [AZ] Chojuho Satsuki Azalea
      Is there any information about the breeding or hybridizing of Satsuki Azaleas, especially Chojuho?  Thank you John Arnett

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