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Volume 27, Number 4
October 1973

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R. 'King Tut'
David G. Leach

R. 'King Tut'
R. 'King Tut'
Photo by David Leach

        'King Tut' must be rated among the two or three best of the Shammarello hybrids. It is a robust, handsome evergreen shrub at all seasons, and a notable rhododendron in flower, with king-size trusses of vivacious rose-pink flowers, enhanced in attractiveness by the contrasting darker shade of their exterior. After 17 years, my specimens are about five and a half feet tall and as much in width. In 1963, after a -35 F. winter, 'King Tut' suffered a loss of only 5 % of its florets.
        It propagates easily. This is a distinctive cultivar, its convex, down-turned leaves identifying it at a glance. The parentage is R. smirnowii x 'America'. It blooms at the very end of May, four or five days later than the older standard clones of commerce in the East. R. smirnowii has not distinguished itself as a parent; 'King Tut' is the exception that prevents every prudent hybridizer from palpating his prejudices and petting his preferences.


Volume 27, Number 4
October 1973

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