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2006 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Mid-Atlantic USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Bellringer'
Parentage unknown

Flower light greenish-yellow with a brown freckled flare that fades to yellow-green, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 3" across, fragrant.  Held in dome-shaped trusses of 17 flowers.  An early midseason bloomer.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 5" long, flat, dull green, retained 2-3 years. Spreading, dense growth habit.  Grows to 5 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Hybridized by Consolini.

 R. 'Bellringer'


 Photo by Donald Hyatt

R. 'PJM Elite'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'PJM Elite'
R. minus var. minus Carolinianum Group x R. dauricum Sempervirens Group

Flower strong reddish purple, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobed, 1" across.  Flat, ball-shaped truss holds 10-15 flowers.  An early bloomer that tolerates sun as well as both heat and cold.  Bright green leaves turn a mahogany color in winter, elliptic in shape, 1" to 2" long.  Upright, dense growth habit.    Grows to 4 ft. tall in 10 years.    Cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by Harold Greer  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Elsie Lee'
R. 'Desiree' x R. 'Rosebud'

Flower light reddish purple, widely funnel-shaped, 2" to 2" across, frilly edges, semi-double.  Inflorescence 2 to 3 flowered.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, 1" long, glossy, moderate yellow-green, held for 2 years.   Upright, broad plant habit.  Grows to a height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Shammarello.

 R. 'Elsie Lee'

   Photo by Henk Borsje


 R. 'Homebush'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Homebush'
Parentage unknown

Flower vivid purplish pink on a base of rose madder, openly funnel-shaped, slightly recurved lobes, about 1⅛" across, semi-double.  Tight, ball-shaped truss with 12-16 flowers. Holds color well in sun.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, light green.  Upright, open growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 0 F (-18 C).  Hybridized by Waterer (Knaphill).

Photo by Sally and John Perkins  

Prior Year ROY Selections
2005 Mid-Atlantic   2004 Mid-Atlantic

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