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RHODODENDRON

Rhododendron spp.

Rhododendron spp. of the family Ericaceae, including at least 15 species in the genus that have rhododendron as all or part of one or more of their common names (which is a bit confusing since the common name IS the genus name and there are other species in the genus that don't use it as a common name). Native habitats for species that use rhododendron in their common name include much of Asia, some of the USA, and some of Europe. The genus as a whole has a wider distribution.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions


both sides of a sample plank of rhodendron / Rhodendron maximum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Pacific rhododendron / Rhododendron macrophyllum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of great rose bay rhododendron / Rhododendron maximum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Asian rhododendron / Rhododendron molle --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The species also goes by the common name azalea and a botanical synonym is Azalea mollis.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above



All of the following are from the bole section shown below. It and the accompanying cookie were contributed to the site by Garry Painter whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Garry said this had been dead for a couple of years and was outdoors, which is likely how the white rot set it. There's some nice black line spalting at the fighting boundaries of the white rot on the ends of a couple of the sample planks I cut from it. Also, as you can see in the pics, there is significant bug activity in the heartwood and although it's almost impossible to see in these pics, there is some curl figure that shows up pretty clearly in the planks I cut out.


bole section and cookie. The bole section is about 8" long and 6" in diameter


the cookie and a closeup after I rough sanded this face and then took it to 220 grit --- HUGE enlargements are present and you can clearly see white rot speckles throughout the heartwood


both sides of a sample plank of rhododendron / Rhododendron spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. I cut this IWCS sized sample out of the bole above


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of rhododendron / Rhododendron spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This is the 2nd of 4 small planks cut from the bole above


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of rhododendron / Rhododendron spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This is the 3rd of 4 small planks cut from the bole above


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of rhododendron / Rhododendron spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This is the 4th of the 4 small planks cut from the bole above


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


face grain closeup of an area showing some of the bug holes and some of the black line spalting

web pics:

I note that because this is a bush, there are, not surprisingly, no web pics of "lumber" or even craft wood for sale, just made objects.


rhododendron cup


two views of a root burl bowl


rings listed as rhododendron root burl


vases --- neither of these was listed as root burl but I think it likely that both of them are


root burl vase


rhododendron spoon rests. The first one was listed as English rhododendron


turned box


the top of a goblet listed as Irish rhododendron


pen


carved spoons