Rhododendrons: Rhododendron "Canadian Sunset"

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  1. WesternWilson

    WesternWilson Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi, I saw this at a show on the weekend...well, I saw the blossoms...and it was lovely.

    However, although this was a Maple Ridge area show, when I look up this cultivar, it says it is not hardy in our area?

    Well? Anybody got this one growing in a Lower Mainland garden? How is it doing?

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    WesternWilson
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Does very well here, hardy enough.
     
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    WesternWilson Active Member 10 Years

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    Great! Know any good local sources?
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Should be available from local retail outlets or growers, not uncommon. yak hybrid. Haven't heard of it being unhardy here, good plant. Was started, but apparently not hybridized, by a late Vancouver hybriizer.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    "Quite different! The buds begin as a good solid red and open to flowers of an almost salmon-orange color which fades to creamy yellow toward the center. Add to this the beauty of a compact, rounded bush with indumented leaves and it's almost too good to be true. (R. Henny, Liningston, Lofthouse 1974)."

    --H.E. Greer, GREER'S GUIDEBOOK TO AVAILABLE RHODODENDRONS

    If Lofthouse named or introduced it 1974 that must have been about the time I saw him speak at a Seattle Rhododendron Society meeting. He began with an off-color joke. I still remember the resulting gasping, turning of heads and clucking of tongues. I also remember that some of his pictures showed spectacular hybrids.
     
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    Chris Klapwijk Active Member 10 Years

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    R. 'Canadian Sunset' is a Jack Lofthouse hybrid known to survive -19° C in our experience. It is a cross between R. yakushimanum and R. 'Gypsy King', the same cross having been made by different people:

    R. 'Gypsy Rover', R. Drayson, registered 1987
    R. 'Gypsy Princess', R. Drayson, registered 1986
    R. 'Mayspark', R. Drayson, registered 1987
    R. 'Mischief', R. Drayson
    R. 'Whistle Punk', H. Larson, introduced by Clint Smith
    R. 'Wistful', R. Drayson, registered 1987
    R. 'Yakushi Maiden', R. Drayson, registered 1987

    We have this available occasionally.
     

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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Understood J. Lofthouse received the seed from another hybridizer and grew it on and introduced it.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    That would be why Greer lists two other names before Lofthouse.
     
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    Chris Klapwijk Active Member 10 Years

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    I used "Rhododendron Hybrids", Second Edition, Salley and Greer, Timber Press 1992 for reference.

    I've asked the official ARS registrar for confirmation.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, they should know, thank you. Can't remember where the reference came from. Possible C. Smith may remember . A nice compact plant. Jack Lofthouse struck me as being quite conscious of time in regards to methods used to speed up growth of his hybrids to flowering and collecting clocks.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    The 2 names don't ring a bell, maybe Larson. Seems it was somebody down your way, with a name beginning with a L or H. Failing memory, sometimes i stop to think and forget to start again.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, now see ARS site www.rhododendron.org/descriptionH_new.asp?ID=1235 does list Henny as the hybridizer. Looking at the link, it appears it may have been updated at some time. Seems to do well in sun, which seems to keep it compact and floriferous here.
     
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