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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
Rh. calendulaceum on Roan Highlands

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Native Azaleas in America

view on the mountains from Roan Bald

          If you would like to see Rhododendrons\Azaleas in the wild, you could go to the original places where they occur like China or Japan. For me this is still a dream to come true! But so far for me the best trip is my "native azalea trip" in June 2006 to the USA, to the states Virginia, North- and South Carolina and Tennessee. 
          Fascinating and tiring, seeing so many plants in flower, impressive mountain landscapes! And this all under the professional and inspiring guidance of Don Hyatt and George McLellan!!  Very recommendable and for me to repeat this wonderful trip some year in the future! 

Rh. calendulaceum with yellow flowers

orange Rh. calendulaceum with butterfly on Wayah Bald

Kalmia latifolia with new type of flowerpatern!! Found on Wayah Bald

Native Azaleas

           This is the name for wild Azaleas, that grow in some states of the USA - like Rh. viscosum, Rh. arborescens, Rh. cumberlandense (bakeri), Rh. calendulaceum etc. Also the Kalmia latifolia plants were in flower and I even found a new typ of flowerpatern on Wayah Bald. We were in the states Virginia, North- and South Carolina and Tennessee, and mostly visited the 'Blue Smokey Mountains'. After some not to difficult hiking trips we did the more tiring ones, and on top of it the hiking to and on Gregory Bald. We saw such an abundance of azalea flowers troughout these trips, so we were just in the right time, being the second half of June. And such beautiful landscapes of these mountains up to about 5.000 ft\1500 meters. 
          Keep in mind the following names: Grayson Highland Park with so many Rhododendron catawbiense, the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Blue Smokey Mountains, the Appalachian Trail i.e. to the Big Yellow Mountain; Roan Highlands, Gregory Bald, Wayah Bald, accessable by  car, etc.
Please read the trip-report of Don Hyatt!! Keeping in mind that the dates and details are from the year 2006.
          This trip was one of the best of my life, thanks to some inspiring folks like Don Hyatt and George McLellan. Very much advisable for USA people who are proud of their own botanical inheritance!! And all the other plant lovers from all over the world as well!!

a Rh. calendulalceum with double flowers, found near Wayah Bald, very special!!!

Rh. arborescens with light orange blotch, found on  Wayah Bald

Rh. cumberlandense with bright orange flowers on Gregory Bald


10 albums of hiking through the mountains for the native azaleas!! Note!! Clicking on the last picture of any album means jumping to the next album!! 
Album 1
  Album 2  Album 3  Album 4 Album 5  Album 6  Album 7 Album 8  Album 9  Album 10    readl Don Hyatt's trip-report:  Native Azalea Trip

    Rh. cumberlandense pink with orange blotch Gregory Bald   Rh. cumberlandense with golden yellow flowers on Gregory Bald   a Rh. cumberlandense pink with golden blotch on Gregory Bald  probably a natural Rh. viscosum cross on Gregory Bald    George McLellan and Tijs looking for nice azalea flowers on Gregory Bald   on Gregory Bald with native azaleas, most Rh. cumberlandense        

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