Azalea & Rhododendron Blossoms Gallery

Rhododendron x prinophyllum 'Apricot Surprise'


Apricot Surprise

Here's a May Day portrait of the colorfully matured buds
of 'Apricot Suprise' deciduous azalea.

Apricot Surprise

In a very few days the spicy-scented blossoms
are opening all over the shrub.

Apricot Surprise

'Apricot Surprise' is one of University of Minnesota
Agricultural Experimental Station's "Northern Lights" series,
"Northern" because they are very cold-hardy extending azalea
gardening further north, & "Lights" because
the series is notably floriferous.

Apricot Surprise

The individual trumpet flowers for 'Apricot Surprise' are smaller than
for most deciduous azaleas, & smaller even than other shrubs in
the "Northern Lights" series. 'Apricot Surprise' is also more strongly
redolent than other of the "Northern Lights" series.

Apricot Surprise

This photo is from June 2003;
the others above are from May 2004.

For a great deal more about this shrub, see the primary
'Apricot Surprise' Azalea Page

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