Rhododendron 'Argosy' (R. fortunei subsp. discolor × R. auriculatum)
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub or tree, may reach 6 ft tall in 10 years, reportedly can become tree-like,
open habit with horizontal branches. Leaves alternate, simple, elliptic, matte green,
waxy glabrous with green petioles stained faintly crimson. Flower openly funnel-shaped,
10 cm across, white faintly flushed pink, may have crimson rays at tube base, slightly sweet scented,
6-8 flowers per cluster.
- -5°F, very late (July-August), 3/3/3. [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale
1 (poor) - 5 (best)] Best if in shade to protect the flowers from summer sun.
- This hybrid was developed by Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942); it was introduced in 1933. It is from
a cross of R. fortunei subsp. discolor (seed parent) and R. auriculatum (pollen parent),
it resembles R. auriculatum in several characteristics.
- Note: There is also an azalea named 'Argosy' and since azaleas are in the genus
Rhododendron its "scientific name" is also Rhododendron 'Argosy'. This azalea
is a Glenn Dale hybrid (USDA), it is evergreen with deep pink blooms.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: NE corner of the Women's Building.