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2005 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Northeastern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Anita Gehnrich'
R. 'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague' x R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum

Flower deep pink fading to pale purplish-pink in throat with red dorsal lobe spotting, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 3-1/2" across. Dome-shaped truss holds 14 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, flat, 5-1/2" long, glossy, very dark green with slight brown indumentum on mature leaves, leaves retained 3 years. Plant dense with spreading habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Waldman.

R. 'Anita Gehnrich'

  Photo by Richard H. Gustafson

R. 'Weston's Aglo'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Weston's Aglo'
R. minus var. minus, compact form x R. dauricum hybrid

Flower moderate purplish-pink with coppery-red spotting, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1-1/2" across.  Dome-shaped truss holds about 8 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 2-1/4" long, glossy, medium green, retained 1 year.  Plant has an open habit.  Sun tolerant.  Grows to 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Very cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by R. Wayne Mezitt  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Rose Greeley'
(R. yedoense var. poukhanense x R. mucronatum) F2 x [(R. yedoense var. poukhanense x R. 'Hexe') x (R. yedoense var. poukhanense x R. kaempferi)]

Flower white with a yellowish-green blotch, hose-in-hose, widely funnel-shaped, wavy edged, 2-1/2" across, fragrant.   Blooms early mid season.  Plant has a dense, spreading habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Bud hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. 'Rose Greeley'

  Photo by Harold E. Greer

R. 'My Mary'

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

Flower brilliant yellow with orange tube, no markings, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2-1/2" across, fragrant.  Conical trusses hold up to 25 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves near narrowly obovate to elliptic, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1-1/4" long, deciduous.  Attractive, compact habit.   Grows to 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant hardy to 0F (-18C).  Insect and disease resistant.  Hybridized by Beasley.

Photo by David C. Royster  

Prior Year ROY Selections
2004 Northeastern

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