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Tour of A Garden on Canobie Lake

Rhododendron 'Canobie Candy' (Perkins)
Picture by S & J Perkins
Rhododendron 'Canobie Candy' (Perkins) in Salem, NH

Rhododendron 'Canobie Candy' is a fragrant white flowered deciduous azalea which forms ball-shaped trusses. The 'truss' shown above consists of 6 flower buds where each bud contained 8 to 14 flowers. The plant is broadly upright reaching 6 feet in 10 years. The foliage is mildew resistant. Flower hardy to at least -14 F.

The plant was originally purchased in 1988 from Girard Nursery as Rhododendron vaseyi var. album in a combination package containing 12 deciduous azaleas seedlings, two each of R. viscosum, R. nudiflorum, R. calendulaceum, R. furbushii (R. bakeri X R. arborscens), R. vaseyi var. album, and Ilam crosses. Although the plants obtained as R. viscosum and R. nudiflorum appear to be true to label, the R. calendulaceum and R. vaseyi var. album seedlings did not. The purchased R. calendulaceum seedlings matured to plants looking similar in flower to R. 'Strawberry Ice'.

Clearly, Rhododendron 'Canobie Candy' is not a R. vaseyi. Its flower characteristics have much in common with R. roseum and/or R. nudiflorum. However the long narrow seed pods are held horizontal unlike those species.

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