Hachmann's Polaris AGM

Rhododendron 'Hachmann's Polaris'
yakushimanum x Omega
(so yakushimanum, catawbiense and unknown)
Hachmann 1978, reg. Stuck 1984
Gold medals Boskoop 1980, Basel 1980, AGM (2002) 2012
1m by 1.5m
10 year height/spread: 0.8m/1m
Flowers: full rounded trusses of about 10 carmine buds open to pale purplish pink flowers with
darker edges and a few olive spots.
Elliptic/oval leaves broader than but similar to yakushimanum, with thick indumentum.
Recognise by: the flowers; the very hairy foliage, and the compact growth habit.
One of the most free flowering 'yak' hybrids.
Tolerant of poor conditions, and good in sun or shade.

Photo: Philippe de Spoelberch