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2005 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Northwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Horizon Monarch'
R. 'Nancy Evans' x R. 'Point Defiance'

Flower greenish-yellow with a small, vivid red flare, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edged, 4" across. Held in large ball-shaped truss of 5-8 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, concave, 6-3/4" long, olive green. Upright, spreading plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Brockenbrough.

R. 'Horizon Monarch'

  Photo by Steve Henning

R. 'Ramapo'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Ramapo'
R. fastigiatum x R. minus var. minus 'Carolinianum Group'

Flower pinkish violet, held in small clusters.  Very floriferous plant.  Blooms early  midseason.  Leaves bluish-green, elliptic, very aromatic.  Dense and  very compact habit.  Grows well in sun or partial shade, being more compact in sun.  Reaches a height of  2 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

Photo by Harold E. Greer  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Hilda Niblett'
(R. 'Glacier' x R. 'Tama-giku') x R. 'Getsu-toku'

Flower pale tints of strong pink to pale purplish pink, variously marked strong red, throat greenish white spotted deep pink or deep purplish red, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy edged, 3-1/4" across.   Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, about 1-1/2" long. Spreading habit.  Grows approximately to 3 ft. tall in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Gartrell.

R. 'Hilda Niblett'

  Photo by Richard F. Clapp

R. 'Nifty Fifty'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Nifty Fifty'
unknown x (R. 'Knap Hill Yellow' x R. 'Klondyke')

Flower vivid yellow with vivid orange-yellow throat, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy edged, 4-1/2" across.  Held in ball-shaped truss with 13 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat, 2-1/2" to 3-1/2" long, slightly bullate, slightly hairy below, deciduous.  Upright, spreading habit.  Grows to a height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Named for the 50th anniversary of the American Rhododendron Society.  Hybridized by Arneson.

Photo by Harold E. Greer 

Prior Year ROY Selections
2004 Northwestern

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