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Volume 21, Number 3
July 1967

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Notes On Yellow Flowered Hybrid Rhododendrons
Frank P. Knight, Dir. R. H. S. Wisley Gardens, England

Interest in the United Kingdom is still being maintained in the breeding of yellow flowered hybrid rhododendrons.

        I have acted as the Steward for the hybrid classes of the rhododendron competitions organized by the R. H. S. for 13 years and have watched the yellow hybrids with much interest. In my mind I classify these roughly into three sets:

  1. The large leaved hybrids, from such fine yellow ssp. as R. macabeanum, sinogrande, falconeri, wightii, etc.
  2. The spate of hybrids from the intermediate growing sp. such as R. campylocarpum, wardii, litiense, lacteum.
  3. The smaller hybrids from R. lutescens, burmanicum, sulfureum, valentinianum, chryseum, ludlowii, chrysodoron, flavidum, keiskei, trichocladum, chrysanthum.

        If I continued crossing I would aim at raising plants for the small garden and in this connection I have been impressed with the work being done by E. H. M. Cox and his son Peter. They have produced 'Chikor' which is the first hybrid from R. ludlowii, the other parent being R. chryseum. I like, too, 'Chink', Sir Eric Savill's hybrid between R. keiskei and R. trichocladum.
        This year at Wisley R. glaucophyllum var. luteiflorum flowered freely; it is very lovely, and will, I am sure, be used as a parent for small growing yellows.
        The following slides will show some of the better yellow flowered species and hybrids as they grow in the British Isles.



Volume 21, Number 3
July 1967

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