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2004 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for the Midwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Ken Janeck'
(Select form of R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum)

One of the best forms for its appealing foliage (heavily indumented) and its richly colored pink flowers.  Flower fuchsine 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, recurved, dark green with thick indumentum beneath.  Compact, mounding plant.  Grows twice as wide as high.  Height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  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 perhaps is a hybrid containing R. smirnowii or another species.  Selected by Janeck.

R. 'Ken Janeck'

 Photo by Eleanor Philp

R. 'Weston's Aglo'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Weston's Aglo'
R. minus compact form x R. dauricum hybrid

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 yrs.  Flower bud hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Sun tolerant.  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by R. Wayne Mezitt

Evergreen Azalea: 'Girard's Fuchsia'
[(R. 'Sandra Ann' x R. 'Ev 1689' 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 midseason.  Leaves narrowly obovate to elliptic, apiculate apex, narrowly cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, yellowish-olive green.  Leaves reddish in winter.  Broad habit.  Grows 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. 'Rosy Lights'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Rosy Lights'
R. prinophyllum x R. 'Kosterianum

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.  Height: 4-5 ft. in 10 yrs. Cold hardy to -35 F (-37 C).  Hybridized by Pellett.

Photo by Harold E. Greer

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