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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2006

Mid-Atlantic USA Region

R. 'Bellringer'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Bellringer'

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 approximately 5 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Consolini.

R. 'PJM Elite'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'PJM Elite'

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 about 4 ft. tall in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Elsie Lee'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Elsie Lee'

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 typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold temperature hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Shammarello.

R. 'My Mary'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Homebush'

Flower vivid purplish pink on a base of vivid purplish red, 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 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Waterer (Knaphill).

Photos (top to bottom) by Donald Hyatt, Harold Greer, Henk Borsje, Henk Borsje.

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