Identification: Early blooming yellow rhododendron - is it R. lutescens?

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    There were a few of this rhododendron in bloom near the service yard in Stanley Park. Is it a lepidote? And is it R. lutescens? The colour and blooming season are right. If my leaf photo shows a lepidote, that's right. Acuminate tips are right. Can you tell if this is deciduous? Thanks.
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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Yes to lutescens
     
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    Andrew Matheson Member UBC Botanical Garden

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Lepidote isn't synonymous with deciduous, and I can't find anything that says if these are deciduous. New leaves are supposed to be red. I didn't see any red leaves, but don't know if it's evergreen and I'm too early, or deciduous and I'm too late. I don't know why I need to know, but it's often not clear to me, so I try to figure it out, unsuccessfully here. I could remember to look next November, but I don't think that will happen.
     
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    Andrew Matheson Member UBC Botanical Garden

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    The plant in the photo does not appear deciduous.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks, Eric (and Andrew). I missed seeing that, where they do use the term evergreen.
     

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