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ID Rhododendrons please

2oaktrees2oaktrees Posts: 160
edited March 2018 in Plants
Hi, need some help again please.

I bought 2 really cheap Rhododendrons from Aldi today £6.99 each. Lovely large healthy plants and quite cheap so had to get two. I have seen them smaller and double the price at the GC. 

Problem is is when I took them out of my car boot the labels fell out and now I don’t know which is which. I know one is Polarnacht and the other is Grandiflorum. I had planned to put Polarnacht next to my pink camelia which I thought would be a good combination.

Is there anyway I can identify which is which? The foliage looks almost similar. Any help would be appreciated. 


  • 2oaktrees2oaktrees Posts: 160
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,646
    Without flowers I fear it will be impossible to say which is which.
    Maybe you could return them and ask if they would be willing to exchange them for ones with labels.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • 2oaktrees2oaktrees Posts: 160
    I did go back SS but only Cunningham white left on the shelf.  :|
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,163
    Eek! I don't think we will know until the buds come...
    Is there any difference in the foiliage?? 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,432
    There does seem to be some difference in the foliage, so looking at images, I would guess that the one on the left with the more drooping foliage is 'Polarnacht'..
    East Anglia, England
  • Is it ok if I use this thread to identify my shrubs too? 
    I have 3 flowershrubs that was already here when we moved 4 years ago. but never knew their names. 

    1 - I think this one is Azalea but still not sure 

    2 - This one had a white flower on the first year we moved here. I’ve cut it down 2nd year we were here due to being in the way. But ever since it stopped flowering. 

    3. This one had also white flower but small and had a nice fragrant. I did cut this down too and also stopped flowering :( 

    Can someone please help identify these so I can research how to properly care and feed them. Thank you 😊 
    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -A. Einstein 
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Hi Kristine. I'm not certain (as I don't grow it) but no1. could be a camelia ???
    Another guess for no3. based on your description of fragrant white flowers is philadelphus, common name mock orange.

    You might have more responses to a new "shrub ID" thread.
  • Hi Kitty thank you 😊 for trying to help. Might just do that. 
    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -A. Einstein 
  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553
    No 2 wouldn´t be a sort of Sarcococca, would it (with dried flower stems) ?
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    No problem Kristine 😊.  My philadelphus looks the same at the moment... like a bunch of dead twigs 😆.

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