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Rhododendron x alterclerense ‘Coccinea Nobilis’

This plant is almost certainly one of the early Highclere hybrids known collectively as Rhododendron x alterclerense Lindl.  Azalea hybridae altaclerensae coccinea nobilis is listed in the 1836 Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, a copy of which is held at Camden Park [CPA].  It is not listed in the 1830 edition.  I have found no specific description of this azalea.

Horticultural & Botanical History

For details see Rhododendron x alterclerense Lindl. and other references to the Highclere hybrids.  

History at Camden Park

Desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursery on 16th April 1846 [MP A2933-1, p.147].  I have found no other record of this plant and it may not have been received.  Macarthur had mixed fortunes with plants received from Loddiges’ and elsewhere at this time and many were dead on arrival.  Some of these are listed in a subsequent letter but it is possible that others arrived alive and were planted in the gardens although never listed in the catalogues.


Published Jun 18, 2009 - 10:09 AM | Last updated Sep 09, 2011 - 02:46 PM

Family Ericaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • Azalea hybridae altaclerensae coccinea nobilis [Lodd.]


Common Name

Azalea, Highclere hybrids

Name in the Camden Park Record

Azalea coccinea nobilis 


Confidence level medium