Rhododendron Yvonne Scott

Rhododendron Yvonne Scott - bringing startling lime green into the nuttalliis

Rhododendron Yvonne Scott - bringing startling lime green into the nuttalliis


The late Mrs Yvonne Scott from Inglewood was a fine looking woman and this may in part explain why Sir Victor Davies gave her this seedling rhododendron before it even flowered for the first time. VC, as he was commonly referred to, had a gallant regard for those of the fairer sex. Mrs Scott was shopping at the Westown outlet of Duncan and Davies at the time and, as she was a good customer, VC presumably felt a generous gesture was appropriate. He may not have realised quite what he was giving away because this is a pretty interesting nuttallii.

Rhododendron Yvonne Scott is part nuttallii (the other part has lindleyi and dalhousiae genes) so it has very long trumpets with frilly lobes. What makes it stand out from other nuttalliis is that it opens pure lime green, all over. Within a few days, the lime green bleaches to white but with a lime green throat inside. Not even the most enthusiastic fan could describe the plant as compact, but at least it has lovely peeling bark, rarely gets attacked by thrips and the flowers even have scent. It is remarkably robust as far as the spectacular but often touchy nuttalliis go.