Satsuki Azalea Flowers

In Southeastern Texas, satsuki azaleas bloom about a month earlier than in other parts of the US, from April to May. All my satsuki have flowered, and flowers of some cultivars were already gone. Some late bloomers, such as Chinzan, Nikko and Wakaebisu are still in flowers but they are definitely past their peaks. I will remove all flowers and unopened flower buds next week, and fertilize generously to thank them for brightening up my garden. I like to share photos of those flowers I took over the last few weeks.

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Chinzan, Osakazuki and Wakaebisu. Flowers in some trees are already gone in mid-May.

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Nikko

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Hakurei. I like their small white flowers with laceolate petals.

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Wakaebisu, hose-in-hose flowers. Very showy.

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Murasaki no hoshi, a dwarf satsuki with very small flowers suitable for shohin. It is an early blooming cultivar. This one is about 5″ tall. Got it from a local nursery.

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Chikuho

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Amaghasa, very brilliant color.

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Yamato no tsuki

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Kinpai

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Nyohozan

This early blooming beautiful unknown cultivar is from my good friend, Al Smith. He brought it to our April club meeting, and many people were salivating over those beautiful flowers. He gave me some cuttings for rooting, and they have sprouted new leaves, a very good sign.

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