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


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'English Roseum'
R. catawbiense x unknown

Flower soft rose-lilac, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Held in large dome-shaped trusses.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, smooth, recurved, glossy, medium green.  Plant has good dense habit but can get very large.  Height: 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Flower bud hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Vigorous grower that is tolerant of extremes in cold, heat and humidity.  Hybridized by A. Waterer.

R. 'English Roseum'

 Photo by Harold E. Greer

R. 'Autumn Royalty'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Autumn Royalty'

Flower strong purplish-red with strong purplish-red spotting on dorsal lobe and upper wings, 2" across.  Blooms in spring and again from July to frost.  Large, dark green foliage.  Upright and round habit.  Grows to 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  An Encore™ azalea.  Hybridized by Lee.


 Photo by Robert E. Lee

Deciduous Azalea: 'Colonel Mosby'
R. 'Hotspur Yellow' x R. austrinum

Flower dark pink with yellow dorsal petal, frilly edges, widely tubular funnel-shaped, 2" across, fragrant.  Blooms early midseason.  Truss holds 6 to 10 flowers.  Mildew-resistant leaves.  Upright growth habit.  Grows to a height of 10 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Tolerates heat and humidity.  Name is not registered.  Hybridized by Tom Dodd, Sr. and Jr.


R. 'Colonel Mosby'

Photo by Thayer Dodd

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