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


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Vulcan'
R. 'Mars' x R. griersonianum

Flower blood red, unmarked, frilly edges, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Dome-shaped trusses of about 10 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves long, acute apex, cuneate base, glossy, dark green, lightly textured, red stems.  Mounding, somewhat open habit.  Height: 4 - 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Flower bud hardy to -15 F (-26 C).   Heat and sun tolerant.  Registered as a clone, but several forms are known.

R. 'Vulcan'

Photo by Hank Helm 

R. formosum

Lepidote Rhododendron: R. formosum
rhododendron species

Flower  white, sometimes tinged with rose or yellow in the throat or striped with rose, openly funnel campanulate, fragrant.  Trusses of 2 - 3 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to late midseason.  Leaves elliptic to linear obovate, up to 4" long, hairy, shiny green on top, and waxy blue-green on bottom, margins bristly.  Plant is fairly compact but can become straggly.    Grows to 4 ft. in 10 yrs.    Hardy to 10 F (-12 C).  Species native to India.

Photo by Eleanor Philp

Evergreen Azalea: 'George Lindley Taber'
sport of R. 'Omurasaki'

Flower white flushed moderate purplish-pink, lighter at margins with a darker blotch and moderate purplish-red spots, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, 1" long, light green.  Upright, spreading habit.  Reaches 4-6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -5 F (-21 C).   Selected by Hume.  Named by G. Tabor, Jr.

R. 'George L. Taber'

Photo by Richard Clapp

R. 'My Mary'

Deciduous Azalea: 'My Mary'
R. 'Nacooche' x R. austrinum

Flower tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across, fragrant, brilliant yellow with orange tube, no markings.  Conical trusses hold 25 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves near narrowly obovate to elliptic, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1" long.  Attractive, compact habit.   Grows to 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant hardy to 0 F (-18 C).  Insect and disease resistant.  Hybidized by Beasley.

Photo by David C. Royster

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