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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2004

North West USA Region

R. 'Percy Wiseman'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Percy Wiseman'

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 holds 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.  Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 years.  Flower bud hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Hybridized by A. Waterer.

R. 'Dora Amateis'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Dora Amateis'

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, re-curved, 2" long, light green with bronze highlights, if grown in full sun.  Compact habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Grows twice as wide as high.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Amateis.

R. 'Harris Fascination'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Harris Fascination'

Flower moderate purplish pink with a prominent deep purplish pink edge, unmarked, broadly funnel-shaped, 3" to 4" across.  Truss holds 3 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, slightly up-curved margins, 1⅜" long, semi-glossy, dark bluish green, retained 2 years.  Rounded plant habit.  Grows to a height of 3-4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Harris.

R. 'Arneson Gem'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Arneson Gem'

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 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Arneson.

Photos (top to bottom) by Harold Greer, Eleanor Philp, Joe Coleman, Harold Greer.

Prior Years Selections for North West USA Region


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