Name That Azalea
Here’s what we know about it:
It was here – and huge – when we got the house, 17 years ago.
It blooms reliably every year (and abundantly, now that we have deer fencing).
It is fragrant, more in some years than others. Always with a very light, sweet clean laundry perfume that completely suits the flowers.
It has very long internodes, even when I prune it which I usually don’t.
the leaves are fuzzy
and they get occasional splotches of some kind of rusty fungus that doesn’t bother them. It doesn’t bother us, either, because the bush is on the far side of the yard, and we don’t cut the flowers for the vase.
Every spring when I go plant shopping I bring along a flowering branch. No nursery I’ve visited has had a clue. Everybody just says ” it must be something old.”
The closest thing I can find is R. mucronatum, but that’s described as a semi-evergreen that blooms midseason and is hardy only to zone 7, so it’s a case of “close but no cigar.”
I’d love to know what it is. I’d also love to know why it was planted next to a bunch of leucothoe, the stinkiest bloomer in all shrubdom whatever its other virtues.