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Rhododendrons colours:

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Rhododendron George's Delight - a nice flower with a mix of colours - yellow, pink and orange.

Rhododendron 'Double Winner' a strigilosum hybrid with hairy leaves and stems - has bright red flowers

Rhododendrons colours:

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My (ex)-gardens 'Park der Gärten' Germany ASA Convention 2003 Flowershow ARS Dutch Rhodo. Society
Kalmia latifolia "Indian Summer" in Maine wildflowers Costa Blanca Bernhard Knorr rhodo's Hans Hachmann Rhodo's Joe Klimavic azaleas
bud and leaves of 'Neat-O'

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Leaves and buds

mahogany coloured leaves of a deciduous azalea

          If you would buy rhododendrons and azaleas only for the beauty of the flowers, you would wrong yourself and the plants. They have far more to offer!! We must keep in mind that these fine plants flower for about 10% of the time. The meaning of this page is, to show you the beauty of more aspects of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. 
Seeing these pictures I think you will agree with me about that.

new leaves of  'Neat-O'

hairy leaves of an own cross between 'Flame Dance' x 'Midnight Flare'

         One plant is not the other - they all differ from each other like we all do. The diversity is enormous.  There are evergreen azaleas with very small leaves, less than half an inch, like 'Falkenstein' or some Satsuki azaleas. And there are Rhododendron with very large leaves of about 3 feet, like the   R. sinogrande. Unfortunately they don't grow in harsh climates, but do well in some parts of the UK, including Scotland and Ireland. And in mild parts of the USA and elsewhere. Yet, in the 'Hobbiepark'  in Germany there is a R. rex of at least 20 feet high with leaves of  1 1\2 feet, and it is quite hardy too. 
          Not only the size differs, but also the structure, the hairs  and the indumentum. Evergreen azaleas often have hairs on the leaves - also other rhodos like  R. ciliatum. The thick (woolly) indumentum on the undersite of the leaves we call 'Indumentum', like with R. yakushimanum or R. bureavii  and others. So, it has nothing to do with a sort of mould or fungus, which some gardener tried to remove with a tooth-brush. ....It should protect the leaves from cold or heat.. 
There are also rhodos with leaves that turn into a nice bronze-red before they drop off, like R. mucronulatum. The same with many deciduous azaleas with fall leaves in bronze, red or yellow. And some evergreen azaleas have leaves turning to bronze-brown-red in fall and winter, especcially with sunny weather. As you see, there is so much more than flowers, that we can admire during the whole year!!

R. flavorufum, indumentum

mahogany leaves of'Maruschka'


          Below I show you some images of rhododendrons and azaleas with their nice leaves or buds. Just keep the cursor on the pictures and reed my comments. I also plan to make some albums with larger pictures, so that you can see them just like you want. 

bud and leaves of the cross 'Graf Lennart' x R. calophytum bud and hairy leaves of R. ciliatum

 

the undersite of a leaf of a  R. rex new sprouts of R. macabeanum new leaves of R. macabeanum new leaves of R. bureavii 'Lem's form" glowing new leaves of an own hybrid some new hybrids have brown-red new leaves always a miracle the new flowers

 

the scales on the undersite of a lepidote Rhododendron the thick woolly indumentum on the leaves of R. yak. Hanano-Ego undersite of a leaf of R. elegantulum

 

R. flavorufum undersite of a leaf pointed  flower bud on the cross 'R. yak. x 'Vulcan's Flame' scales on the undersite  of a leaf of the lepidote  R. cinnabarinum var. Blandfordiiflorum
R. insigne, silvery undersite of a leaf a 'multiple-bud' of a deciduous azalea some rhodos have red flower buds

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