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Proven Performers for District 5 Chapters

The Public Education Committee asked chapters to compile lists of the best performing rhododendrons in their areas.  The list below give plants with good form, foliage and flowers that are hardy and resistant to pests and diseases for the given area.  The listed plants have proven their ability to perform well in members' gardens and are recommended to others.

California Chapter
(San Francisco & Oakland California); USDA Zones 9b, 10a

Plant descriptions (Elepidotes and Lepidotes)
Plant descriptions (Deciduous and Evergreen Azaleas)

Elepidotes:
'Horizon Monarch'
'Loderi King George'
'Noyo Brave'
'Noyo Chief'
'Rubicon'
'Taurus'
'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague'
R. arboreum ssp. arboreum
R. griffithianum
Lepidotes:
'Else Fry'
'Fleurette Evans'
'Fragrantissimum'
'John Paul Evans'
'Mi Amor'
'My Lady'
R. davisonianum
R. edgeworthii
R. johnstoneanum

Deciduous Azaleas:
R. schlippenbachii

De Anza Chapter
(San Francisco Peninsula & San Jose, California)  USDA Zone 9b, 10a

Plant descriptions (Elepidotes and Lepidotes)
Plant descriptions (Deciduous and Evergreen Azaleas)

Elepidotes:
'Cotton Candy'
'Lem's Cameo'
'Lem's Monarch'
'Leo'
'Noyo Chief'
'Percy Wiseman'
'Pink Pearl'
'President Roosevelt'
'Taurus'
Lepidotes:
'Else Frye'
'Fragrantissimum'
'Ginny Gee'
'John Paul Evans'
'Mi Amor'
'My Lady'
'Seta'
R. davidsonianum
R. veitchianum
Deciduous Azaleas:
'Gibraltar'
'Golden Flare'
'Mount Saint Helens'
'Mrs. Betty Oliver'
'Strawberry Ice'

Evergreen Azaleas:
'California Sunset'
'Dorothy Gish'
'Hexe'
'Rosebud'
'Ward's Ruby'

Eureka Chapter
(Northwestern California)  USDA Zone 9b

Plant descriptions (Elepidotes and Lepidotes)
Plant descriptions (Deciduous and Evergreen Azaleas)

Elepidotes:
'Christmas Cheer'
'Cupcake'
'Lem's Cameo'
'Mrs. G. W. Leak'
'Nancy Evans'
'Noyo Dream'
'Rubicon'
'Taurus'
'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague'
'Unique Marmalade'
'Yaku Sunrise'

Lepidotes:
'Coastal Spice'
'Crater Lake'
'Else Frye'
'Ginny Gee'
'Mary Fleming'
'Mi Amor'
'Saffron Queen'
'Seta'
'Snow Lady'
R. maddenii ssp. maddenii

Deciduous Azaleas:
'Arneson Gem'
'Button and Bows'
'Cannon's Double'
'Cecile'
'Irene Koster'
'Leonard Frisbie'
'Northern Hi-Lights'
'Washington State Centennial'
R. kiusianum var. kiusianum

Evergreen Azaleas:
'Alaska'
'Alexander'
'Betty Ann Voss'
'George Lindley Taber'
'Hino-crimson'
'Joseph Hill'
'Kirin'
'Louise Gable'

Hawaii Chapter
(Hilo, Hawaii)  USDA Zone 10, 11

Vireyas:
'Aravir'
'Birat Red'
'Calavar'
'Candy Halo'
'Charming Valentino'
'Cristo Rey'
'Dawn Chorus'
'Doris Mossman'
'Elegant Bouquet'
'First Light'
'Great Scent-sation'
'Haloed Gold'
'Harry Wu'
'Highland Arabesque'
'Humbolata Bay'
'Java Light'
'Jock's Cairn'
'Kisses'
'Littlest Angel'
'Lucie Sorensen'
'Mount Pirie'
'Narnia'
'Popcorn'
'Saint Valentine'
'Simbu Sunset'
'Sirunki Lake'
'Taylori'
'Tropic Glow'
'Vladimir Bukovsky'

Monterey Bay Chapter
(Monterey, California)  USDA Zone 9b, 10a

Plant descriptions (Elepidotes and Lepidotes)
Plant descriptions (Deciduous and Evergreen Azaleas)

Elepidotes:
'Anah Kruschke'
'Christmas Cheer'
'Freeman R. Stephens'
'Furnivall's Daughter'
'Noyo Chief'
'Noyo Dream'
'Percy Wiseman'
'President Roosevelt'
'Rubicon'
'Trude Webster'
'Winsome'

Lepidotes:
'Fragrantissimum'
'Ginny Gee'
'Mi Amor'
'My Lady'
'Saffron Queen'
'Scott's Valentine'
R. augustinii ssp. augustinii
R. burmanicum
R. davidsonianum
R. racemosum

Deciduous Azaleas:
‘Cecile’
'Homebush'
'Klondyke'
'Mount Saint Helens'
'Orangeade'
'Sunset Pink'
'Strawberry Ice'
R. calendulaceum
R. occidentale

Evergreen Azaleas:
'Dogwood'
'Fashion'
'Kirin' ('Coral Bells')
'Starlight'
'Ward's Ruby'

Noyo Chapter
(Mendocino County, California)  USDA Zone 9a, 9b
Plant descriptions (Elepidotes and Lepidotes)
Plant descriptions (Deciduous and Evergreen Azaleas)

'Elepidotes:
'Alice'
'Anah Kruschke'
'Bibiani'
'Bruce Brechtbill'
'Cornubia'
'Cotton Candy'
'Dame Nellie Melba'
'David'
'Doctor Arnold Endtz'
'Fastuosum Flore Pleno'
'Fire Rim'
'Fireman Jeff'
'Halfdan Lem'
'Horizon Monarch'
'Jan Dekens'
'Jim Drewry'
'Lady de Rothschild'
'Leo'
'Loderi King George'
'Markeeta's Prize'
'Mrs. E.C. Stirling'
'Nancy Evans'
'Noyo Chief'
'Noyo Dream'
'Pink Delight'
'Pink Pearl'
'Point Defiance'
'Red Eye'
'Red Walloper'
'Royal Purple'
'Rubicon'
'Ruby Hart'
R. macabeanum
'Seaview Sunset'
'Taurus'
'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague'
'Very Berry'
'Vulcan'
'Windsong'
'Windsor Lad' 

Lepidotes:
'Blue Diamond'
'Crater Lake'
'Egret'
'Fort Bragg Centennial'
'Fragrantissimum Improved'
'Ginny Gee'
'John Paul Evans'
'Lemon Mist
'Mi Amor'
'Passionate Purple'
'Patricia Marie'
'Patty Bee'
PJM Group
'Snow Lady'
R. burmanicum
R. davidsonianum 'Ruth Lyons'
R. impeditum
R. rubiginosum
R. russatum 'Vibrant Violet'

Deciduous Azaleas:
'Arneson Gem'
'Beaulieu'
'Cannon's Double'
'Cecile'
'Gibraltar'
'Homebush'
'Irene Koster'
'Kathleen'
'King's Red'
'Marion Merriman'
'Princess Royal'
R. occidentale
'Totally Awsome'
'Washington State Centennial'
'White Lights'
 

Evergreen Azaleas:
'Aphrodite'
'Billie Dee'
'Brianne'
'Cameo'
'Caroline Gable'
'Hexe'
'Hino-crimson'
'Ima-shojo'
'Inga'
'Nuccio's Happy Days'
'Peggy Ann'
'Ripples'
"Rose Queen'
'Ward's Ruby'

Southern California Chapter
(Southern California)   USDA Zone 9b, 10a, 10b)

Plant descriptions (Elepidotes and Lepidotes)
Plant descriptions (Deciduous and Evergreen Azaleas)

Elepidotes:
'Aloha'
'Anah Kruschke'
'Cunningham's Blush'
'Cunningham's White'
'Daphnoides'
'Gomer Waterer'
'Rocket'
'Taurus'
'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague'
R. hyperythrum

Lepidotes:
'Bob's Blue'
'Fragrantissimum'
'Harry Tagg'
'Purple Gem'
'Spicil'
PJM Group
R. ciliatum
R. formosum
R. maddenii ssp. maddenii

Evergreen Azaleas:
'Alaska'
'Chinzan'
'Hakata-shiro'
'Komo Kulshan'
'Nuccio's Carnival'
'Red Bird'
'Shiryu-no-homare'
'Sweetheart Supreme'
R. nakaharae

Vireyas:
'Aravir'
'Elizabeth Ann Seton'
'Emmanuel'
'George Budgen'
'Jock's Cairn'
'Lenore Frances'
'Saint Valentine'
'Taylorii'
R. dielsianum
R. loranthiflorum
R. retusum


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