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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2004


Great Lakes and South Central USA Region

R. 'Ken Janeck'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Ken Janeck'

One of the best forms of R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum known for its appealing foliage (heavily indumented) and its richly colored pink flowers.  Flower deep purplish pink, ages to white, upper lobe spotted green, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in compact trusses of 13 to 17 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate, re-curved, dark green with thick indumentum beneath.  Compact, mounding plant.  Grows twice as wide as high.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  This is the only yakushimanum selection to receive an Award of Excellence (1969).  There is continuing debate as to whether the plant is a variety of the species or is a hybrid containing R. smirnowii or another species.  Selected by Janeck.

   
R. 'Weston's Aglo'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Weston's Aglo'

Flower moderate purplish pink with coppery reddish spotting in dorsal throat, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1" across.  Dome-shaped truss has typically 8 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 2" long, glossy, green, retained 1 year.  Plant has open habit.  Grows to height of 4-5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Sun tolerant.  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Girard's Fuchsia'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Girard's Fuchsia'

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 midseason.  Leaves narrowly obovate to elliptic, apiculate apex, narrowly cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, yellowish-olive green.  Leaves reddish in winter.  Broad habit.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft. in 4 years.  Flower bud hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Girard.

 
R. 'Rosy Lights'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Rosy Lights'

Flower deep purplish pink with vivid reddish orange spotting on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-campanulate, wavy dorsal lobe, 2⅜" across.  Dome-shaped truss with 8 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 2" long, flat, bullate, moderate yellowish green.  Upright, well-branched shrub.  Typical height: 4-5 ft. in 10 years.  Very cold hardy to -35F (-37C).  Hybridized by Pellett.

Photos (top to bottom) by Eleanor Philp, R. Wayne Mezitt, Joe Coleman, Todd Boland.

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