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2005 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Southeastern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Scintillation'
Parentage unknown

Flower strong purplish-pink shaded lighter towards center, flared greenish-yellow markings in throat, outside deep purplish-pink, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2-1/2" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 11-15 flowers.  Several forms exist of this hybrid.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves oblong, apiculate apex, rounded base, glossy, deep green, waxy texture.  Broad habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

R. 'Scintillation'

  Photo by Boris Bauer

R. 'Mary Fleming'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Mary Fleming'
(R. racemosum x R. keiskei) x R. keiskei

Flower cream flushed strong to light purplish pink, darker blotch in throat, campanulate-shaped, wavy edged, about 1" across.  Buds hold 2 or 3 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves approximately 2" long, dull, dark green.  Leaves are bronze when new and in the winter.  Plant is sun and heat tolerant.  Typical height: 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Nearing.

Photo by June Bouchard 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Stewartstonian'
Parentage unknown

Flower moderate red with a slight flush of strong reddish orange along lower midribs in the throat, faint spotting of strong red on ventral lobe, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Inflorescence is 2 flowered.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, 3/4" long, glossy, green tinged red.  Leaves turn wine red in winter.  Dense, compact habit.  Grows to 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. 'Stewartstonian'

  Photo by Harold E. Greer

R. alabamense

Deciduous Azalea: R. alabamense
Species rhododendron in subgenus Pentanthera section Pentanthera

Flower white with a yellow blotch, tubular funnel shaped, fragrant, 3/4" to 1-1/2" across.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves obovate to elliptic, hairy, often waxy, up to 3" long, deciduous.  Plant spreads by underground stolons.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -5F (-21C).    Native to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.

Photo by Donald W. Hyatt 

Prior Year ROY Selections
2004 Southeastern

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