THE WHITE CUNNINGHAM RHODODENDRON
(RHODODENDRON CINNAMOMEUM; VAR. CUNNINGHAMI.)A hardy evergreen hybrid Shrub.
Excerpt from text, which is included along with a copy of the Title Page:
for the figure of this noble shrub we are indebted to Mr. George Cunningham, of the Nursery,Liverpool. It is probably the best hybrid Rhododendron yet raised, not possessing, indeed, the rich colours of the crimson mules, but quite as valuable to the cultivator on account of its large heads of pure white spotted blossoms. The history of the plant is thus given by Mr. Cunningham in his correspondence:-
“ It was raised between Cinnamomeum and a late White Maximum, as you will at once see by the foliage. It is very remarkable for its strong ribbed leaf and brown under-surface. The white of the flower is very pure, and the dark purple spots contrast with it very beautifully. It is quite hardy; its maternal parent being the latest and hardiest of all our Rhododendrons, and Cinnamomeum the father, will stand any severity of an English winter in January; but as it pushes early in the spring, it is liable to be cut by our late frosts.
Size: 8 ˝” x 11”
Paxton produced The Magazine of Botany, and Register of
Flowering Plants. This series of magazines was published in London 1834-1849.
During the years of 1850-1852, Paxton along with John Lindley published the rare
three-volume work: PAXTON’S FLOWER GARDEN. Represented are many exotic species
especially fine Orchids. They are often compared to the early volumes of Warner
and Williams, Orchid Album. The print offered for sale here is from this first
edition, which is a completely different product to the 1882 color printed
edition frequently found. These prints were produced using a zincographic
process along with hand coloring and have the plate markings Pinx & Zinc.