Fall Color in Rhododendrons
When we imagine fall we usually see large masses of saturated colors, but a closeup look can dazzle in a different way. Even large leaf rhododendrons change color, often brilliantly. The isolated intensity of a few previous year's leaves contrasts vividly with current year foliage.
Captain Jack, left Naomi Nautilus, right Tiffany and Ostbo's Red, below
© 2001 by John and Doreen Anderson
The complementary colors of the old and new leaves on Tiffany create a striking effect since the pattern is quite uniform over the entire plant.
Leaves are not the only rhododendron color in the fall. Ostbo's Red Elizabeth usually blooms twice a year, as shown in this October 15th picture. Note also the blackish purple new growth of summer.