Confused Azalea

I was surprised to see two Azalea buds next to each other that were two different colors.  Of course I thought another bush had just sent out a really long branch that got mixed in.  But, no both buds were from the same bush and on the same branch.

I watched the buds over several days thinking the bud would change to the more orange color when it opened.  As you can see, it stayed pinkish.  So dear readers, does anyone have an explanation for why these two flowers on the same branch are two different colors?

12 Comments on “Confused Azalea”

  1. Deb says:

    I’ll seen it on my bushes ,have no idea why though. Your azalea is interesting that way!😀

  2. Ann Coleman says:

    I have no idea, but it sure it pretty!

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Interesting. It may be a throwback to a parent of the more salmon hybrid. Reverting back can be triggered by various things, such as weather, insects, cellular damage.

  4. Ali says:

    I love that combination of colours! I have a lupin that does a similar thing – one half produces blue flowers and the other half pink. Is it similar to variegated trees, like Acer drummondii, throwing out reverted branches?

  5. Bees. or is it one of those Encore things?

  6. carol says:

    Growing up in Mobile, AL,”the Azalea City”, we saw plenty of these but I remember being told it was a genetic mutation known as a “sport”. Always thought that was funny.

  7. Christina says:

    Weird! I think Eliza is probably right about the cause but it is unusual when its on the same branch.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Satsuki azaleas do this somewhat commonly. It is not exactly a sport, since it eventually goes back to the original color. If the stem that blooms a different color were to be propagated, the resulting plant would start out blooming with that particular color, but would eventually revert back to the original. It is like a genetically stable genetic instability ? if that makes sense. Some popular azaleas grown in home gardens are the descendants of Satsuki azaleas, so occasionally exhibit such off colors.

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