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2004 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for the Mid-Atlantic USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Gigi'
(parentage unknown)

Flower vivid purplish-red with deep red spotting, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 3" across.  Ball-shaped truss of 15 - 18 flowers.   Blooms late midseason.   Leaves narrowly elliptic to elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 4" long, yellowish-green, retained 3 years.  Broad, dense plant habit.  Height: 4-5 ft. in 10 yrs.   Flower bud hardy to  -10 F (-23 C).  Prefers a shady location.  Hybridized by Dexter.

 R. 'Gigi'

Photo by David C. Royster

 R. 'April Pink'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'April Pink'
R. minus var. chapmanii x R. mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'

Flower pale purplish-pink with heavy red spotting in throat, 1" across, funnel-shaped, slightly scented.  Lax truss with 3 flowers.  Blooms early.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1⅜" long, retained 3 years.  Compact plant habit.  Grows to height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Flower bud hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Kehr.

Photo by Donald W. Hyatt

Evergreen Azalea: 'Girard's Fuchsia'
[(R. 'Sandra Ann' x R. 'Ev 1689' Girard seedling) x (R. 'Herbert' x R. 'Hot Shot')] x R. 'Sandra Ann'

Flower deep reddish-purple inside with strong purplish-red spotting on ruffled lobes, strong reddish-purple outside, heavy texture, 2" to 3" across, very attractive.  Inflorescence 3 flowered.  Blooms mid season.  Leaves narrowly obovate to elliptic, apiculate apex, narrowly cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, yellowish olive green.  Leaves reddish in winter.  Broad habit.  Height: 2 ft. in 4 yrs.  Flower bud hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Girard.

R. 'Girard's Fuchsia'

 Photo by Harold E. Greer

R. 'Crimson Tide'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Crimson Tide'
R. 'Homebush' x R. ' Melford Red Letter'

Flower tubular funnel-shaped, five frilly lobes and short, rather compact petaloid center, strong red, outside of tube deep yellowish-pink, 2" across.  Blooms midseason.  Held in dome-shaped truss with 20 - 40 flowers.  Leaves are elliptic, flat, and ciliate, turn bright yellow to orange in fall.  Upright habit.  Mildew resistant.  Vigorous grower.  Height: 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -20 F (-29 C).  Hybridized by Girard.

Photo by Peter Girard, Sr.

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