It is likely that more than one English hybrid or cultivar was called ‘Victoria’ or similar. For example Rhododendron ‘Victoria Reginae’ was exhibited at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society on April 19th, 1889. [Wilson & Rehder p.99]. The authors suggest that this hybrid belongs to a group of hybrids raised by William Smith of Norbiton in 1842 between a hardy Rhododendron seedling and Azalea [Rhododendron] sinensis Sweet, called at the time Rhododendron Smithii or Rhododendron x Smithii, or alternatively that the parentage is ‘a yellow form of the Chinese Azalea and Rhododendron caucasicum, the latter of which it resembles in habit.’ [Robinson, Fl. and Sylva II, 152/1904, quoted in Wilson & Rehder loc cit]. If this association is correct then ‘Victoria Reginae’ could be synonymous with Macarthur’s ‘Victoria’. I have found no specific description of ‘Victoria’. Rhododendron x Smithii aureum is figured in Paxton’s Magazine of Botany [MB p.79/1842].
Horticultural & Botanical History
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History at Camden Park
Desideratum to Loddiges’ nursery on 16th April 1846 [MP A2933-1, p.147].
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