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Gumpos on Steroids?

White Gumpo azaleas were my choice for a small, white-blooming, evergreen shrub in an area that will benefit from this Satsuki variety’s somewhat horizontal branching, giving a nod to a loose bonsai look.
When I purchased and planted them on March 25th, I was truly delighted at the heavy flush of new growth over the entire surface of all five of my little dwarfs. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a piece of white debris inside the foliage of one Gumpo, reached in to extract it, and discovered it was not debris, but a white blossom, about 2″ inside the surface. Upon inspection of all the Gumpos, I  discovered several blossoms inside each of them. That seemed alright to me – the first year with hidden blossoms, in exchange for all that new growth. Today I was rewarded with my first blossom showing OUTSIDE the new foliage!
Maybe these little Gumpos are happy here and will really put on a blossom show for us this year. In a nursery setting, the pruning needs to be close, for the purpose of future shipping. I look forward to the Gumpos spreading their limbs and achieving their natural form. My pale peach colored Satsuki, which is about 10 years old, began blooming yesterday. Satsukis bloom later than the upright azalea varieties, so their bloom season extends the pleasure of seeing azalea blossoms in the spring.

WHITE GUMPO AZALEA, BLOOMING ON THE INSIDE.

White GUMPO azalea, blooming inside the foliage.

WHITE GUMPO AZALEA, hidden blossom.

GUMPO azalea, a hidden blossom.

WHITE GUMPO AZALEA'S FIRST BLOSSOM OUTSIDE THE DENSE COVERAGE OF NEW FOLIAGE.

GUMPO azalea’s first blossom outside the dense coverage of new foliage.

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This entry was posted on May 11, 2015 by in Spring.
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