Sibling of Chauncy Beadle, or same, Cumberlandense X Arborescens
- There was a message string recently with a Beadle descendent asking about the azalea named for his forefather.
This little azalea was quite a surprise because I had acquired it as a clone of R. vaseyi White Find, but each season I love it more. It is definitely a hybrid of cumberlandense and arborescens, possibly arborescens variety Richardsonii due to the low, squat habit of this plant. I have thought that it was a copy of Chauncy Beadle from Biltmore Gardens, but the colors expressed here in the hot South Carolina midlands are different, varying from some yellow blooms with darker yellow blotch to a combinatin of salmon/peach with yellow and a pronounced deeper yellow blotch.
I really like the leaves too, shiny, but broad, combining both possible parents cumberlandnse and arborescens. I figure that this color variableness might not appeal to a lot of people, but it does me.
Does anyone in the south grow Chauncey Beadle for bloom comparison.Mike Creel, SC USDA Zone 8a
Lexington, South Carolina