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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2005

North East USA Region

R. 'Anita Gehnrich'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Anita Gehnrich'

Flower deep pink fading to pale purplish pink in throat with red dorsal lobe spotting, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 3" across.  Dome-shaped truss holds 14 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, flat, 5" long, glossy, very dark green with slight brown indumentum on mature leaves, leaves retained 3 years.  Dense, spreading plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Waldman.

R. 'Weston's Aglo'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Weston's Aglo'

Flower moderate purplish pink with coppery red spotting, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1" across.  Dome-shaped truss holds about 8 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 2" long, glossy, medium green, retained 1 year.  Plant has an open habit.  Sun tolerant.  Grows to about 3 ft. in 10 years.  Very cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Rose Greeley'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Rose Greeley'

Flower white with a yellowish green blotch, hose-in-hose, widely funnel-shaped, wavy edged, 2" across, fragrant.  Blooms early mid season.  Plant has a dense, spreading habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. 'My Mary'

Deciduous Azalea: 'My Mary'

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

Photos (top to bottom) by Richard Gustafson, R. Wayne Mezitt, Harold Greer, David Royster.

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