Rhododendrons

Arneson Gem AGM

Rhododendron 'Arneson Gem'

Hybrid deciduous azalea

'C.B. van Nes' × 'Koster's Brilliant Red' X unknown

Raised by I & R Arneson (USA) 1975

AGM 2012

H6

Shrub 0.9 × 1.2m in 12 years

Flowers: Ball shaped trusses of 10-15 broadly funnel-shaped, single flowers. Flowers are 70mm long x 95mm wide, with 5 smooth-edged lobes; buds strong red with light yellow streaks towards the base, opening vivid yellow in throat, shading to strong reddish orange at margins, outside strong red. Calyx 10mm long, light green

Early-mid May

Slightly scented

Foliage: Leaves are elliptic, 64-89mm long x 32-38mm wide, flat, slightly hairy. Deciduous; good autumn leaf colour

Other Information: Easy to grow in a sunny situation. A striking azalea with large flowers on a relatively compact plant. Commercially available

Location: Cornwall

Photo: Pat Bucknell

Photo: John Parry

Photo: John Weagle & Ken Shannik