Rhododendron 'May Day'
haematodes ssp. haematodes x
AM 1932, AGM (1993) 2012
10 year height/spread: 0.8m/0.8m
Flowers: flat open truss of about 8 campanulate orange scarlet flowers with a
few faint darker spots, and with petaloid calyces.
Leaves: Mid-green foliage with a brown indumentum
Recognise by: the pointed buds of griersonianum, but with more bullate foliage
having a thicker brown indumentum which is less easily rubbed off; the flowering time and colour.
This cross has been made in at least four gardens with variable results. The AGM
form is that from A. M. Williams of Werrington. Needs some sun to ripen the wood.
Photo: Mary Ashworth