Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for May 19th - June 6th, 2006
This is 'Shinyomo-no-Haru' Satsuki Hybrid Azalea (Rhododendron).
The Satsuki Japanese azaleas are believed to have originated several hundred
years ago from natural crosses between Rhododendron species now called R.
indicum and R. tamarae. These compact, low-growing, evergreen shrubs have small
leaves that vary widely in shape. The Satsuki azalea hybrids seem to be able
to handle a little more sunlight than most azaleas, and are hardy in USDA
Hardiness Zones 7b through 9. The usually pink flowers, often multicolored
in various patterns, bloom from late spring to early summer. The Satsuki hybrid
azaleas are beginning to bloom now at the US National Arboretum, and can be
found in and around the Frederic P. Lee Azalea Garden in the Azalea