of Autumn Azaleas & Rhododendrons
Britt Smith's "Western Flame" Azalea Hybrid
The seed pods have been ripening on this shrub
since the end of Spring & will still be on the
branches after the dediduous leaves have fallen in winter.
This shows them at summer's end, but could
just as easily have been snapped July, or in the
first week of October, looking exactly the same.
This unique hybrid came from the collection of
Britt Smith, who became famous in the Northwest
for his collection of every possible variant of the
Western Azalea Rhododendron occidentale. This
one happens to have been crossbred by Britt
with R. calendulaceum 'Colossus.
At the very beginning of October the leaves are still
completely green, but beginning about mid-October, this
deciduous azalea is beginning to show interesting fall color.
This is a shot of a lower limb so that I could show
the leaves from above, snapped on November first.
The leaves will turn very pink this month.
Some years it will be brighter or duller. This
November shot captures it at the height of its color in 2003.
In 2004, striking colors arrived like clockwork.
This mid-October photo is "back-lit" by the lowering sun.
Read the full story of this this exciting shrub on the
Western-Flame Decidous Azalea Page
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