Elsie Lee AGM

Rhododendron 'Elsie Lee'

Evergreen azalea hybrid

'Desiree' × ‘Rosebud'

A M Shammarello, USA 1960

AGM (2002) 2012


Upright shrub about 1.0m tall × 1.0 m wide in 10-15 years

Flowers: Trusses of 2-3 broadly funnel-shaped, semi-double flowers with 10 lobes in 3 whorls.  Flowers are 30mm long × 55-65mm wide; light reddish-purple

Late May

Not scented

Foliage: Broadly elliptic, glossy, moderate yellow-green young leaves; yellow brown when mature. Leaves are 40mm long × 22mm wide; good autumn leaf colour; can be semi-deciduous

Other Information: Unusual flowers that are long lasting make this an attractive azalea. Needs sun to ripen the wood. Easy to grow; commercially available

Location: West Sussex

Photo: Andy and Jenny Fly

Location: Surrey

Photo: Polly Cooke

Location: Surrey

Photo: Polly Cooke

Autumn leaf colour

Location: Surrey

Photo: Polly Cooke