Tatum's Yellow Standard

Rhododendron 'Tatum's Yellow Standard'

Hybrid deciduous azalea

Wild collected selection from occidentale

Selected and named by T Tatum 1973, registered by R.W. Cavender 2006


Shrub 1.5m x 0.9m in 20 years

Flowers: Flat trusses of 15-19 tubular funnel-shaped flowers. Flowers are 50mm long × 55mm wide, with 5 very wavy edged lobes; buds with midribs light green to pale cream, with some light to dark pink markings on the midribs; opens white inside with strong orange-yellow on dorsal and adjacent lobes and strong pink markings on all except dorsal lobe; outside white, the base of the tube and midveins deep pink with the same colour extending randomly to the lobes

Mid-May - mid-June

Strongly scented

Foliage: Leaves are elliptic, 65-75mm long × 20mm wide; margins flat, glossy and strong yellow-green above, aging to deep yellowish-green, hairless

Other Information: Extended flowering period as only 5-6 flowers open in a truss at any one time over a period of 5-7 days. Collected by Tom Tatum on Stagecoach Hill azalea reserve, California, USA. Now extinct in the wild. Unlikely to be commercially available

© Dick Cavender