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Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: d4
Date: May 18, 2020 05:22PM
Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"

I saw this shrub in the park while getting some walking in. Long Island, NY. Zone 7a/7b. It was against a building. So partial shade. About 5 ft wide. It's in full bloom this past weekend. I'll be disappointed if this turns out to be "just" a different type of azalea. It looks so nice.








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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: neophyte
Date: May 18, 2020 05:25PM
Azalea. How is it different than other azaleas you see?
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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: d4
Date: May 18, 2020 05:53PM
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Azalea. How is it different than other azaleas you see?

The blooms are so much larger than the ones I'm used to seeing. These blooms are big like lilies.



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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: May 18, 2020 06:05PM
I'm thinking that might actually be a Rhododendron and not an Azalea as evidenced by the spotting in the throat of the blooms that Azaleas don't normally have. Azaleas can have huge blooms, especially the older varieties that will cover the entire front of the house if you don't keep them trimmed back, but typically those blooms are monochromatic.



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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 18, 2020 06:27PM
Looks like a Formosa azalea.





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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 18, 2020 08:04PM
The wife (the plant guru in my family) says it's a rhododendron.

She would know. She's not sure of the specific varietal.
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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 18, 2020 08:08PM
Some close macro shots might help decide. Where leaves attach to the branches, bunches of leaves, underneath structure of the flowers, and what the flowers look like after the petals have fallen off.



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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 18, 2020 09:37PM
[www.monrovia.com]

“Rich lavender pink flowers with darker accent blotch are large and showy. Blooms early to midseason on tall, upright plants. Valued for massing in the south. Sun tolerant, very hardy and quite vigorous.“

Formosas come in several colors. I think this is probably a lilac one.
They are very common around here.





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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: May 19, 2020 12:18AM
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rgG
[www.monrovia.com]

“Rich lavender pink flowers with darker accent blotch are large and showy. Blooms early to midseason on tall, upright plants. Valued for massing in the south. Sun tolerant, very hardy and quite vigorous.“

Formosas come in several colors. I think this is probably a lilac one.
They are very common around here.

Looks like we have a winner.



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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: d4
Date: May 19, 2020 07:22AM
EXCELLENT. Thank you all for playing!

It's interesting that the zone says 8-9. But NY is solidly in zone 7. Maybe that's why I don't see this plant for sale up here in garden centers or usually planted in parks.



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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: Acer
Date: May 19, 2020 08:50AM
Pretty sure it's one of these:
[en.wikipedia.org]
Hope this helps.
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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: d4
Date: May 19, 2020 09:25AM
According to the world wide web:

Azaleas vs. Rhododendrons

All azaleas are Rhododendrons but not all Rhododendrons are azaleas.
Most Azaleas are deciduous, but true Rhododendrons are usually evergreen.
Azaleas have funnel shaped flowers. Rhodi flowers tend to be bell-shaped.





Interesting!



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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: May 19, 2020 10:27AM
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Re: Let's play, "Name That Flowering Shrub!"
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: May 19, 2020 04:12PM
Those Formosa azaleas are evergreen, and as rgG says, very common down here in the sunny southland. Maybe deciduous ones are found more frequently up north? Or in the wild? I don't recall seeing them used in landscapes.
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