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Is this a Rhododendron tree? Is that even possible?

  • Is this a Rhododendron tree? Is that even possible?
  • Is this a Rhododendron tree? Is that even possible?

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Paul & Valerie Guppy

    It is a Magnolia Grandiflora or form of we think.

  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Joseph, one way to tell is to find a "new" branch, one that grew this year, and look how the leaves are arranged on the stem. Rhodos have their leaves in whorls or pseudowhorls - in a tuft around the stem. If they are not in whorls, then it can't be Rhodo! Magnolia carry theirs alternately: left-right-left-right going along the stem.

    At this time of year (late summer, allegedly) the new growth should also have buds on the tips: Magnolia buds are big, twist up to a point, and are usually felty-white, they look furry or velvety. Rhodo buds have overlapping scales, and are not the least bit felty or furry.

    Hope this helps!


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