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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2004

North East USA Region

R. 'Nestucca'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Nestucca'

Flower white with greenish brown spotting in throat, openly funnel-shaped, frilly lobes, 5" across.  Dome-shaped truss holds 14 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, 4" long, glossy, dark green.  Plant compact with spreading habit.  Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 years.  Tolerates heat and sun.  Flower bud hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by C. Smith.

R. 'Gable's Pioneer'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Gable's Pioneer'

Flower rosy mauve pink, 1" across, held in multiple trusses.  Blooms very early along stems in leaf axils.  Leaves elliptic, flat, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 2" long, glossy, olive green, semi-deciduous.  Plant floriferous, grows upright with multiple branches.  Grows to about 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. 'Helen Curtis'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Helen Curtis'

Flower white with a yellowish green blotch, hose-in-hose, widely funnel-shaped, wavy edged, 2" across, fragrant.  Blooms early mid season.  Plant has a dense, spreading habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. 'Crimson Tide'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Crimson Tide'

Flower strong red, outside of tube deep yellowish pink, 2" across, tubular funnel-shaped, frilly lobes and short, rather compact petaloid center.  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 plant habit.  Mildew resistant.  Vigorous grower.  Typical height: 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Girard.

Photos (top to bottom) by T. Lawrence Mellichamp, Harold Greer, Sally and John Perkins, Tijs Huisman.

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