Appreciation: Rhododendrons at VanDusen Botanical Garden

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I haven't decided what I want to do with this thread yet, whether I will follow these trees or will post a bunch of leaf photos. If anyone wants to contribute, you're welcome to and then we'll see where the thread goes.

    My favourite leaves last week were on the Rhododendron fulvum.
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    The other leaves that appealed to me were all oval, with a cordate shape at the stem end. I was getting a little discouraged seeing several that all looked similar but with different names, but it finally occurred to me that there would be flowers. Really, I like these ones for the leaves.
    Here are two Rhododendron Olympic Lady Group. These are a cross of 'Loderi King George' and R. williamsianum. Some page said the flowers are pink, but photos I've seen are pinky white. I like the purple petioles, but a description I read said they're red. OK, fine.
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    This with the same name has larger leaves.
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    This has a sign saying Rhododendron Bow Bells Group, which would be a cross between R. 'Corona' and R. williamsianum, with pink flowers.
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    The sign for this says Rhododendron 'Maureen', which Steve Whysall in Your complete guide to rhododendrons | Vancouver Sun on April 24, 2009, said is a "R. williamsianum hybrid with cute round leaves (typical of that species) that emerge with the coppery hue of brand-new pennies. The flowers are clear pink. Size. 30 inches." This individual is over twice that size, so I don't know.
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  2. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor

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    Keep in mind that Steve Whysall was a reporter, not an authority.
     

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