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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2005

North West USA Region

R. 'Horizon Monarch'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Horizon Monarch'

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" long, olive green.  Upright, spreading plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Brockenbrough.

R. 'Ramapo'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Ramapo'

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 typical height of 2 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

R. 'Hilda Niblett'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Hilda Niblett'

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" across.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, about 1" long.  Spreading habit.  Grows approximately to 3 ft. tall in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Gartrell.

R. 'Nifty Fifty'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Nifty Fifty'

Flower vivid yellow with vivid orange yellow throat, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy edged, 4" 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" long, slightly bullate, slightly hairy below, deciduous.  Upright, spreading habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Named for the 50th anniversary of the American Rhododendron Society.  Hybridized by Arneson.

Photos (top to bottom) by Steve Henning, Harold Greer, Richard Clapp, Harold Greer.

Prior Years Selections for North West USA Region













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