Something Old Blooms Something New

For years now we’ve called it the Pinwheel Tree.


It’s a rhododendron that grows from a single trunk with large oblong leaves that flap in the breeze. The visual effect is like a pinwheel that, if it started to spin, could lift itself up and hover in the air. Actually, now that I think about it, calling it the Helicopter Tree would’ve made more sense.

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7 thoughts on “Something Old Blooms Something New

  1. Glorious! I’ve had some strange bloom behavior with my little quince tree this year, too–for the first time ever, it’s got at least 5 fruits! I was chalking it up the amazing snowfall we had last winter?

  2. This happened to live in the arboretum with the other stock plants that provided cuttings, but we never produced it. We grew only a few odd plants for collectors, but none for the retail market. It was just too obscure.

      1. We started out with rhododendrons, and expanded into azaleas, pieris, camellias and a few other minor crops. Camellias became a major crop.

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