Gardens By The Bay: Rhododendron Radiance (Part 2)

Rhododendrons and azaleas look similar and are easily confused with each other but there are a few simple ways to tell them apart. The features that set azaleas apart from rhododendrons are their flower structure and leaves. Rhododendrons bloom in large clusters and have bell-shaped flowers that contain ten or more stamens. Azaleas typically have one to three flowers at the end of each stem, and each funnel-shaped bloom has around five to six stamens. Rhododendrons have larger and thicker leaves. There may be scales on the underside of the leaves of some species as well. Azalea leaves are smaller, thinner, and usually hairy.

All the azaleas featured in the display area of the deciduous variety and like the rhododendrons, they too come from New Zealand. Deciduous azaleas are taller than their evergreen cousins and are able to grow up to 1.5m in height given the right conditions. Azalea Mollis are hybrids that were originally developed in Belgium and Holland. These hybrids have large clusters of 7 to 13 flowers and their leaves develop gorgeous fall colours in autumn, making them a popular choice for ornamental gardens. These sun-loving plants have scented blooms that come in brilliant colours, such as orange, pink, purple, red, yellow and white. Keep a lookout for these vibrant hues as you explore this rhododendron reserve.

The exhibits are displayed till Monday, 28 October 2019 at The Flower Dome. Credit: Gardens By the Bay.

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