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'Gekkyuuden'

Large flowered, fragrant, yellow cultivar from Japan. White filaments bearing pale yellow anthers. Considered to be the most yellow of the cream large flowered forms (cf 'Guernsey Cream', 'Manshuu Ki'). In cool climates and/or at cool times of year the flowers are more creamy green (see photos).

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the colour of plants in the trade has become less strong over a period of decades.

Group: Early large-flowered group
Fragrant: Yes
Approximate height: 2.0 - 2.5 metres
Flowering period(s): Apr May
Aspect: Sun or semi-shade
Pruning: Light prune (Group 2)
Raised by: S Uchida
Country of origin: Japan
Parentage: Possibly a mutation or seeding of patens 'Manshuu Ki'
Other name(s): None known

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 12-15cm
Tepals: 8-10; elliptic, pointed, somewhat convex, overlapping