Rhododendron arboreum Sm. ssp. cinnamomeum (Lindl.) Tagg.
See Rhododendron arboreum Sm. for details. Cinnamomeum has flat leaves, to 11cm long, a whitish under-surface to its leaves and white flowers, sometimes with purple or yellowish spots. [RHSD, Millais]. It appears to be almost identical to Rhododendron arboreum Sm. var. album.
Horticultural & Botanical History
It is figured in the Botanical Register [BR f.1982/1837] and in Curtis's Botanical Magazine [BM t.3290/1834], in the latter as R. arboreum var. alba. Introduced to Britain from Nepal in 1820 [JD] but Millais reported that its first flowering was probably at Rollinson’s nursery in 1836.
History at Camden Park
Listed only in the 1845 catalogue. This is probably the plant included as Rhododendron cinnamomum in desiderata to Loddiges’ Nursery, 6th January 1845 [MP A2933-2, p.28]. This is the probable source.
Published Jun 18, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Last updated Sep 07, 2011 - 04:11 PM