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2004 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants Suitable for the Northwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Percy Wiseman'
(R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x R. 'Fabia Tangarine') selfed

Flower cream, growing darker towards base, very lightly flushed pale purplish-pink, and spotted moderate orange on the dorsal lobe.  Ages to creamy white with yellow throat.  Ball-shaped truss of about 14 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute at apex, cuneate at base, 3" long, glossy, medium green.  Compact, well branched plant with dark green foliage.  Height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Flower bud hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Hybridized by A. Waterer.

R. 'Percy Wiseman'

Photo by Harold E. Greer  

R. 'Dora Amateis'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Dora Amateis'
R. minus var. minus 'Carolinianum' x R. ciliatum

Flower white with faint green spotting, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in lax truss of 6-8 flowers.  Very floriferous plant.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, recurved, 2" long, light green with bronze highlights, if grown in full sun.  Compact habit.  Height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.   Grows twice as wide as high.   Plant is hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Amateis.

Photo by Eleanor Philp

Evergreen Azalea: 'Fascination'
R. 'Grace Freeman' x R. 'Amagasa'

Flower has creamy pink center with bright red edges, widely funnel-shaped, 4" across.  Very striking and attractive.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, deep green.  Rounded plant habit.  Grows to 3-4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Name is not registered.  Hybridized by Harris.

R. 'Fascination'
Photo by Harold E. Greer

R. 'Arneson Gem'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Arneson Gem'
(R. 'C. B. Van Nes' x R. 'Koster's Brilliant Red') x unknown

Flower vivid yellow in throat, shading to reddish-orange at margins, outside red, widely funnel-shaped, 3" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses with 10 to 15 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 2" to 3" long, slightly wrinkled above, slightly hairy below.  Upright, spreading habit.  Grows approximately 3 ft. tall in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Arneson.

Photo by Harold E. Greer

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