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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2005


Great Lakes and South Central USA Region

R. 'Capistrano'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Capistrano'

Flower pale greenish yellow with no markings, funnel-campanulate, frilly edged, 2" across.  Held in dome-shaped trusses of 15 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat, broadly acute apex, rounded base, 4" long, dull, deep green, retained 2-3 years.  Dense, mounding habit.  Performs best with afternoon shade.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Leach.

   
R. 'Landmark'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Landmark'

Flower strong purplish red with faint scarlet spotting, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, " across.  Held in dome-shaped truss with 25 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down-curved edges, about 2" long, semi-glossy, dark green.  Upright, open habit.  Grows to height of about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Karens'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Karens'

Flower deep reddish purple, unmarked, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 1" across, slightly fragrant.  Lax truss holds 3-4 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic to narrowly obovate, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, hairy, moderate olive green, wine-red in winter.  Plant has a rounded growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Pederson.

 
R. 'Gibraltar'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Gibraltar'

Flower vivid orange, flushed red orange, deep crimson in bud, tubular funnel-shaped, frilly edges, 2⅜" to 3" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 10-12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Mildew resistant.  Upright growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by E. de Rothschild.

Photos (top to bottom) by Kenneth Cox, Sally and John Perkins, Harold Greer, Harold Greer.

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Prior Years Selections for South Central USA Region

 

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