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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2004

South West USA Region

R. 'Vulcan'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Vulcan'

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

R. formosum

Lepidote Rhododendron: formosum

Flower white, sometimes tinged with rose or yellow in the throat or striped with rose, openly funnel-campanulate, fragrant.  Trusses hold 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 about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 10F (-12C).  Species native to India.

R. 'George Lindley Taber'

Evergreen Azalea: 'George Lindley Taber'

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 a height of 4-6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).   Selected by Hume.  Named by G. Tabor, Jr.

R. 'My Mary'

Deciduous Azalea: 'My Mary'

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 about 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Insect and disease resistant.  Hybidized by Beasley.

Photos (top to bottom) by Hank Helm, Eleanor Philp, Monrovia Nursery, David Royster.

Prior Years Selections for South West USA Region















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