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2005 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Southwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Mrs E.C. Stirling'
R. griffithianum x unknown

Flower mauve pink with a paler center, unmarked, widely funnel-shaped, wavy lobed, about 3-1/2" across.  Flowers age to white.  Conical-shaped truss holds about 17 flowers.  Blooms midseason to late midseason.  Leaves medium-sized, dark green. Growth habit upright and leggy when young, later spreading and open.  Grows to a typical height of about 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by J. Waterer.

R. 'Mrs E.C. Stirling'

  Photo by David C. Royster

R. 'California Gold'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'California Gold'
R. 'Else Fry' x R. 'Eldorado Group'

Flower greenish-yellow with occasional pink markings on reverse, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 3-1/4" across, fragrant.  Held in lax truss of 5 to 6 flowers.  Early bloomer.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, rounded base, 3-1/2" long, deeply indented primary veins, dark green, retained for 2 years.  Grows to a height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Requires a temperate growing location; hardy to 15F (-9C).  Hybridized by Bowman.

Photo by Don Wallace 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Phoeniceum'
Perhaps a form of R. scabrum or R. scabrum x 'Mucronatum'

Flower vivid purplish red, with darker dorsal spotting, widely funnel-shaped, 2-3/4" across.  Inflorescence 2-3 flowered.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, light green.  Grows to an approximate height of 8 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 15F (-9C).  Probably originated in Japan, later introduced to England from Canton, China.  Named by G. Don.

R. 'Phoeniceum'

  Photo by Richard F. Clapp

R. 'Mrs Betty Oliver'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Mrs Betty Oliver'
R. occidentale x unknown

Flower pink with deeper pink veins, orange blotch on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 3" across, very fragrant.  Ball-shaped truss holds 14 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate, acute apex, cuneate base, 4" long, glossy, bright green, deciduous.  Upright habit.  Grows to a height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant hardy to 10F (-12C).  Hybridized by Edwards.

Photo by Diane Weissman 

Prior Year ROY Selections
2004 Southwestern

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