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2005 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Mid-Atlantic USA

 

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Calsap'
R. 'Catalgla' x R. 'Sappho'

Flower white with a dark red blotch, reverse flushed very pale purple, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2-3/4" across. Conical-shaped truss holds 18 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.   Leaves oblong, apiculate apex, cuneate base, convex, 5-1/2" long,  emerald green, retained 2 years.  Plant needs sun for dense habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Michener.

 R. 'Calsap'

  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, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" across, sometimes fragrant.  Held in lax trusses of 6 - 8 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" long, recurved, dark green. Bronze leaf color if grown in full sun. Prefers some shade for best performance. Height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Grows twice as wide as tall.  Hardy to -15F (-26C)   Hybridized by Amateis.

Photo by Eleanor Philp 


Evergreen Azalea: 'Nancy of Robinhill'
R. 'Vervaeneanum' x (R. 'Louise Gable' x R. 'Tama-giku')

Flower light purplish-pink with small, inconspicuous red blotch and spotting on some flowers, broadly funnel-shaped, hose-in-hose, wavy edges, double or semi double, 3-1/2" across.  Inflorescence 2 to 3 flowered.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1-3/8" long, glossy, dark  moderate olive green, retained 3 years. Broad, dense habit with decumbent branches.  Low growing to 1 ft. in 10 years.  Flower bud hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Gartrell.

R. 'Nancy of Robinhill'
  Photo by Arthur Stubbs

R. Gibraltar'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Gibraltar'
Parentage unknown

Flower vivid orange, flushed red orange, deep crimson in bud, tubular funnel-shaped, frilly edges, 2-3/8" to 3" across.  Ball-shaped trusses  hold 10-12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Mildew resistant. Upright growth habit.  Grows to a height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by E. de Rothschild.

 

Photo by Harold E. Greer  


Prior Year ROY Selections
2004 Mid-Atlantic


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