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


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Nestucca'
R. fortunei ssp fortunei x R. degronianum ssp yakushimanum

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

R. 'Nestucca'

Photo by T. Lawrence Mellichamp

R. 'Gable's Pioneer'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Gable's Pioneer'
R. 'Conemaugh'? x unknown

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 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Gable.

Photo by Harold E. Greer

Evergreen Azalea: 'Helen Curtis'
R. 'Desiree' x R. 'Rosebud'

Flower white without markings, widely funnel-shaped, semi-double with 10 frilled lobes, 2" across.  Inflorescence 2-3 flowered.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, 1" long, glossy, yellow-green, retained for 2 years.  Upright, rounded habit.  Reaches a height of 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Bud hardy to -20 F (-29 C).  Hybridized by Shammarello.


R. 'Helen Curtis'
Photo by A Shammarello (Courtesy of H. Edward Reiley)

R. 'Crimson Tide'

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

Flower tubular funnel-shaped, 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 plant 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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