Rhododendron mucronatum ‘Alba Maculata’
Possibly a cultivar of Rhododendron mucronatum (Blume) D.Don but may be naturally occurring. The type Rhododendron mucronatum is a spreading, semi-evergreen shrub with trusses of 2-3 single, widely funnel-shaped, fragrant, white, occasionally pink flowers. Alba maculata is white with pink markings. To 1.5m. [RHSE, Hilliers', Galle].
Horticultural & Botanical History
Considered an Indica Azalea. For more information on Indica Azaleas see Rhododendron indicum Sweet.
History at Camden Park
Listed only is an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.10/1857].
Other less likely possibilities are a form of Rhododendron nudiflorum ‘Bicolor’, synonym Azalea bicolor Pursh., and Rhododendron arboreum Sm. var. album. Both are listed in the catalogues, see the appropriate entry. Later editions of Paxton's Dictionary include a long list of garden varieties, ‘especially those of A. indica’, three with the suffix alba.
Published Jun 04, 2009 - 05:23 PM | Last updated Sep 13, 2011 - 02:59 PM