Satsuki azalea cultivar - I need a little help from my friends

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Reminds me of 'Yata no Kagami', especially the flower shape. But the thing I am not sure about is the purple shade of the blotch compared to the red of the petal. I have never seen 'Yata no Kagami' in person, but on the pictures it seems the blotch is a red shade, not a purple one. Also, in your case the white is at the center of the flower. 'Yata no Kagami' has it from the center of the petals aka tamafu. But it also does the white centers sometimes.

But I have before seen pictures of flowers that look like 'Yata no Kagami' but that have a purple blotch. Usually, those are solid reds. Often the Yata no Kagami pictures you see are of plants or branches that have a lot of the tamafu appearing.

But because this is one of the most common varieties, I suspect it is correct and that there might be some variation. All Yata no Kagami go back to an original seedling a long time ago. And from that, all others were asexually propagated. Or it could be that different camera's display the shade of the blotch very different.

I think it is probably a form of R.indicum and popular because of the small leaves and the autumn colour on the leaves.
 

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Reminds me of 'Yata no Kagami', especially the flower shape. But the thing I am not sure about is the purple shade of the blotch compared to the red of the petal.
First of all, thank you very much.
Don't be fooled by the apparent purple blotch, it's not quite the exact color in person. More like a deep pink.


But because this is one of the most common varieties, I suspect it is correct and that there might be some variation. All Yata no Kagami go back to an original seedling a long time ago.
I believe you are right, I purchased it from a Japanese bonsai nursery owner and he said it was a very common Satsuki.


I think it is probably a form of R.indicum and popular because of the small leaves and the autumn colour on the leaves.
Yes. Very small leaves that turn reddish in the Fall, small flowers in clusters of two, very delicate petals.
Thank you very much for your help, @Harunobu
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It is definitely pretty. However, there are literally thousands of varieties of satsuki
and, given that a plant can take on exclusively one trait or another by where the
cutting was taken on the plant, good luck finding out which one it is.
Where did you get it from? Could they not tell which it was? I saw a photo similar to
it not too long ago of that I am sure. But given that I have been to like literally a hundred
or more sites in the past month or so I can't tell you which or where. IF I happen to
trip across it again I will let you know.
 

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Yes, there are many varieties. But most of them are not common at all. And there is not an obscure one in my dictionary that looks like this one/Yata no Kagami.
Note how little the petals overlap and how they extend and curve slightly backwards (when fully opened). Not many satsuki azaleas have that trait.

 

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Yup, exactly. Some Yata no Kagami stay mostly red, others make the centers of the petals white, and then others again turn the center of the flower white, like yours. So when I look at a picture where the blotch looks red and the petal centers are white, like the one on Satsukimania:
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I would conclude it is not Yata no Kagami. But if I look at that picture, it is basically the same as yours.
 

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