Kurume Azalea

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  1. JudyB

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    This is the coolest tree in person, it's so gnarly, and the trunk twists don't read as good in a photo. Kurume get such nice fall color too, so that's a big bonus. This one is a purple flowering type. I am digging the old school look this has, I'll do some tweaking, but mostly will keep this as is.
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  3. M. Frary

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    Who needs flowers?
    This doesnt.
     
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  4. just.wing.it

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    It's a real beauty!
     
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    This is amazing. Where’d it come from?
     
  6. Cadillactaste

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    New tree to you? Nice all around.
     
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  7. JudyB

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    New tree to me this fall, it's why I sold off a few things, one of which was the ume.... But this one I was one I just couldn't not have.
    Got it from BIC, if you want azalea they have the stuff. Actually they have a lot of nice things...
    It's a one of a kind tree for sure, which is what I sort of always gravitate toward.
     
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    Ah, but when it blooms... I can't imagine how good it will be. Kurume have smaller blooms, so are a bit more refined in bloom, so it's going to be exciting to see.
    I have always liked azaleas, and satsuki, but most are not standouts when not in bloom. This one, and the Kozan satsuki sumo that I got this year can stand on their own without blooms. That's why I finally jumped into the azalea pool.
     
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  9. Marie1uk

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    Beauty :) Excellent tree.
     
  10. JudyB

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    I feel lucky to have it for sure. :) I'll share when it blooms!
     
  11. GrimLore

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    Understatement, that is a real beauty, happy to see it is in your care!

    Grimmy
     
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  12. Mellow Mullet

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    Nice, in some ways, I like the kurumes better than satsukis.
     
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  13. JudyB

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    As this is my first one, can you tell me if this tree is fully deciduous, or semi-evergreen? Some of the highly colored leaves are dropping now. It is gorgeous fall color! I will try to take a new shot of the coloring it has currently.
     
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    Have you thought about any direction you might want to go with the styling?
     
  15. JudyB

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    When I was looking at the photos of this tree before I got it, I thought about doing some styling changes to it. Perhaps to fill in the upper right open space a little, maybe modernize the design a little.. But in person, I don't know if there is much I can do to make it "better" at all. I will do some wiring and moving things around slightly, but as of now no plans to change it in any meaningful way.
     
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    Wow! I clicked not expecting that beauty.

    That is amazing.
    Seriously
     
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  17. Vin

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    I can tell you mine is not deciduous down here.
     
  18. discusmike

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    Nice taper for kurume!
     
  19. Mellow Mullet

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    It really depends on the cultivar. I have some, like hino crimson, lose very few, if any. Others lose almost all of them and a few are in between.

    This is my Hino yesterday:

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    Here is an unknown Kurume, most of its leaves have turned and are falling/will fall:

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    When it is done, only these will be left, the ones around the flowers:

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    Another Kurume, it loses a lot, but not as many as the one above:

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    Indicas do it to, this one is glacier white and has almost finished dropping leaves:

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    Satsukis are the same way, even though azaleas are considered evergreen, they are really semi-decidious. Another cool thing that I noticed is that the plants that have shades of red (red, pink, purple, and all shades in between) for flowers will develop a reddish tint to the leaves that they keep and the deepness of the tint is related to the intensity of the cold. White flowered azaleas' leaves will get a yellow tint to the ones that they keep.

    John
     
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  20. Mellow Mullet

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    If I my ask, where did you get this one? I saw where you posted BCI above, but I am not familiar with this acronym. I have a lot of azaleas, but none as impressive as the ones you have acquired. I hope to get one next year.
     
  21. JudyB

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    Bonsai Import Company. They get a lot of their stock from the Kennet Collection, so have many nice azaleas.
    https://bonsaiimportcompany.com/store/
    Thanks for the information, looks like this Kurume will loose most of the leaves, and my satsuki will loose the yellow ones A couple new shots, it's such a bonus that I didn't know about with the fall color on this tree!

    Your Hino is lovely. :)
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