Rhododendron nudiflorum ‘Bicolor’
Treated here as a cultivar of Rhododendron nudiflorum Torr. but may be naturally occurring. Millais describes Azalea bicolor as similar to if not identical with Rhododendron nudiflorum Torr. It is a deciduous shrub from the South Eastern USA with oblong leaves, hairy beneath, and scented, funnel-shaped, generally with white or pink-flushed flowers, with a pink or reddish tube, in spring. To 3m. Bicolor has scarlet flowers. [Hilliers', PD, Millais].
Horticultural & Botanical History
Azalea bicolor was introduced to Britain from North America in 1734 by Peter Collinson. [PD, Millais]. ‘Crossed with the American Azaleas this species [Rhododendron canescens Porter] has played an important part in the creation of the Ghent Azaleas.’ [Millais]. Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.19/1825.
History at Camden Park
Presumably not long lived in the gardens as it was only listed only in the 1845 catalogue.
Published Jun 09, 2009 - 03:38 PM | Last updated Sep 11, 2011 - 03:28 PM
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Bicoloured Pinxterbloom azalea
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