Rhododendron molle Sieb. and Zucc.
‘A rich yellow, with the upper portion darker. Very pretty. Plant five feet by three.’ [FC p.136/1848].
Horticultural & Botanical History
‘We received this splendid plant [Azalea sinensis] in 1823, from China: it flowered in the month of May last. The blossoms are inodorous; they are exceedingly large, and more of the Rhododendron shape than the Azalea pontica, to which it has resemblance except in colour. It is deciduous, and we have little doubt of its becoming naturalized to our climate, as it is probably from the northern provinces of China. We have not yet multiplied it, but expect that it will increase by layers and cuttings. It has hitherto been in the greenhouse, and potted in peat and loam. The vast empire of China abounds in plants of unknown beauty, as in fact does every part of the globe: new discoveries are daily making, yet immense fields remain unexplored.’ [LBC no.885/1824].
Rhododendron sinense Sweet was introduced to Europe from China in 1823. [Don].
History at Camden Park
Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.122/1850].
Published Jun 10, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Last updated Sep 09, 2011 - 05:14 PM