Rhododendron species ID

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  1. Nancy Chase

    Nancy Chase New Member

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    The Connie Hansen Garden is trying to identify a 35 year old rhododendron that was mislabeled. It is 10’ tall, gangley because it had been fighting for light. The flower size can be seen in comparison to my hand holding the bloom. Thank you for your help.

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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Paging @Douglas Justice (though be patient, he is out of town for a couple weeks)
     
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    I should add a photo of an opening buds, which have an unusual texture. Bed15_ID2e.jpg Bed15_ID3e.JPG
     
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    I'll send a note to the VRS also. Question - I can barely see the stamens - 5, 10 or >??
    Regards.
     
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    The stamens are tiny, difficult to count so I took photos, need a microscope. We thought this was a species because it was in a row with other species, but Connie Hansen was also interested in azaleodendrons and hybrids. The bed was planted in 1989. I will try to get better close ups of a younger flower.
     

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    Hi: Any luck with stamen count? I looked long and hard at the images. Regards.
     
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    It looks like 6 stamens. We recently found a reference in Connie Hansen's journals to Rhododendron 'Tiffany' that she probably planted in this bed. Although Tiffany is supposed to be 2-3', the 30 years growing in the shade of several more robust rhododendrons would explain its height topping out at 10+ feet. The flowers look close enough to think this may be R. 'Tiffany'.
    Hirsutum.info -- Rhododendron Hybrids/cultivars: 'Tiffany'
    Thank you for your attention.
     
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    Good to know you identified it. Regards
     

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