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Carolina Gardening: Garzalia, ever heard of it?

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gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

September 13, 2012
4:38 PM

Post #9274362

In a nursery this afternoon, saw a beautiful white blossom that look for the world like a small gardenia, but the plant and leaves are definitely like an azalea. The nurseryman said it is a garzalia ( he says a cross of the 2 plants). It is a beautiful plant that seems to have a high bud count.

I didn't realize the gardenia and azalea could be crossed.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9274794

Sure sounds more like one of the azalea camellias, they are hard to find and even harder to grow. I have not heard of the gardenia crosses but you never know these days.
Entlie
New Bern, NC
(Zone 8a)

September 15, 2012
6:15 AM

Post #9275793

I'm confused, Ardesia - is an azalea camellia a sasanqua? I have been looking at two dwarf sasanqua's and trying to make up my mind...
Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

September 15, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9275848

That's a totally new one for me!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 15, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9276203

I am on my phone, not my computer and I don't know how to cut and paste a link but if you google "camellia azalea plant" you will see what I am talking about.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

September 23, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #9283958

Well! The link I looked at is from Longwood Gardens in PA. I had never heard of this plant before, probably because it's endangered in the wild and there has been limited success in propagating it, either from seed or cuttings.
Camellia azalea is a species native to China. It is a camellia with leaves similar to an azalea, hence the species name.
I also Googled "Garzalia" with no luck.
Barb

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