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Rhodadendron or azaleas

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By Usernut

scotland, United Kingdom Gb

Got this yesterday, it says on the front of the label that it's a rhodadendron but on the back it says azaleas.
anyone any idea what it is?
this is it and in between rhodadendrons.



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Hi Usernut, azaleas are rhododendrons - tend to be Japanese... What is the actual name of?

28 Sep, 2009

 

It does'nt say. just rhodadendron on the front and azaleas on the back.
looking it up it says all azaleas are rhodadendrons but not all rhodadendrons are azaleas.. and azaleas have smaller leaves and 5 stamens compared to rhodadendrons 10 stamens????

28 Sep, 2009

 

Usernut Rhododendrons are closely related to azaleas but are usually bigger this looks like an expensive rhododendron plant and should have been labelled properly contact the supplier because you do need a name and expected size it will reach etc. Sorry wrote this as you replied.
One definition for you - All azaleas and rhododendrons are classed as Rhododendrons, the name azalea is commonly used for native deciduous species and some evergreen Oriental types. generally Rhododendron is used for those species that have large, evergreen, leathery leaves. No sharp division can be made, and it is always correct to call any of them rhododendrons.Hope this helps

28 Sep, 2009

 

When Linnaeus originally set up the system of botanic names we now use, he divided rhodos and azaleas into seperate families (because of the diifferent number of stamens as Usernut has indicated). Later, botanists decided they were actually in the same family so they are officially all rhodos but because people had got used to calling some of them azaleas, the name stuck and confusion reigns.
The same problem occurs with geraniums and pelargoniums which were origially all lumped together as geraniums

28 Sep, 2009

 

Unfortunately this helps Usernut not one whit if the 'b' label doesn't say anything... Regardless of which rhodo/azalea it is just treat as you would any rhodo.

28 Sep, 2009

 

so it's a wee rhododendron..lol.
thanks..

28 Sep, 2009

 

I put it in where my rhododendrons and peiris are thriving, it should do ok there.

28 Sep, 2009

 

I still think you should ask the supplier for a name etc might be quite a big one for that corner - nice to put a name to it to?

28 Sep, 2009

 

got it from Lidl so no chance of a proper id.

28 Sep, 2009

 

Lol....er, I doubt it :-)

29 Sep, 2009

 

Well that goes some way to explain the useless labeling... Snag is without an i.d. there is no way of knowing how big it is going to grow!

29 Sep, 2009

 

You can make an educated guess with Rhodo's by looking at the length of the yearly growth. If the plant is in good health and suitable soil, you can say that it will maintain this on average for a good ten years at least, irrespective of flowers for the most part. I am guessing that this is mid-to large leaved judging by it's scale against the others so the shoots look around 5" or so. After ten years then, your shrub will be about 4-4½ feet in old money.

29 Sep, 2009

 

that,ll do for me..cheers.

29 Sep, 2009

 

Good luck with your new rhodo!

29 Sep, 2009

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