Rhododendron mucronatum seedling

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Hoy
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Rhododendron mucronatum seedling

The first rhodo to flower this year as always but two month or so later than last year. The mother is Rh. mucronatum I believe but I don't know the father!

Boland
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Looks like a moupinense hybrid but they and mucronulatum hybrids are most commonly mauve-purple although white forms of moupinense do exist.  The only other early white rhodo I know is leucaspis but it is not a really early bloomer, at least not around here.  R. dauricum is the earliest in my area but that one is still a few weeks away.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Boland wrote:

Looks like a moupinense hybrid but they and mucronulatum hybrids are most commonly mauve-purple although white forms of moupinense do exist.  The only other early white rhodo I know is leucaspis but it is not a really early bloomer, at least not around here.  R. dauricum is the earliest in my area but that one is still a few weeks away.

Todd, you are right!
I mixed up the names, both starting with m! As Kelaidis says, forgetting plant names in 50 years. And no labels, of course.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Glad I still have a grasp of rhododendrons!  I've seen pink forms of moupinense in Vancouver open in late February so i knew it was one of the earliest bloomers.  I don't think it is hardy here...certainly I've never seen any locally.  Too early around here risks getting frosted.  It is a rare year for our Magnolia stellata not to get frosted.....that is why I only grow Magnolia sieboldii...it doesn't bloom until June.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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