my own hybrids
|'Park der Gärten' Germany
|ASA Convention 2003
|Dutch Rhodo. Society
|"Indian Summer" in Maine
|wildflowers Costa Blanca
|Bernhard Knorr rhodo's
|Hans Hachmann Rhodo's
|Joe Klimavic azaleas
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.
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!!
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.
New! 11 Albums with more than 300 photos of rhododendron leaves and buds with indumentum or bronz new leaves etc. Just take a look!!!!
Album 496 buds and leaves 1 497-2 498-3 499-4 500-5 501-6 502-7 503-8 504-9 505-10 506-11
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