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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2006


Great Lakes and South Central USA Region

R. 'Bravo!'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Bravo!'

Flower light purplish pink shading lighter in center, sparse brown spotting, campanulate, 2⅝" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 11-12 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, rounded base, flat, 6" long, semi-glossy, dark green.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Compact growth habit.  Prefers some shade to prolong flower color.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Leach.

   
R. 'April Rose'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'April Rose'

Flower purplish red, widely funnel-shaped, double, 1" to 2" across, slightly fragrant.  Terminal truss hold 3 to 4 flowers.  Blooms early.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat, 2" to 4" long, deep green, turn reddish-bronze in fall.  Broad, upright habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Mehlquist.

 
R. 'Girard's Hot Shot'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Girard's Hot Shot'

Flower dark reddish orange with dark red or maroon spotting, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobed, about 2" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 3 - 5 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic to ovate, mucronate apex, rounded base, about 1" long, glossy, retained 3 years.  Rounded, well-branched plant habit.  Typically grows to a height of 2 ft. in 8 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Girard.

 
R. 'Golden Lights'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Golden Lights'

Flower strong reddish orange in bud, opens light orange yellow suffused strong strong reddish orange, throat strong yellowish pink, and strong orange yellow blotch on dorsal lobe, tubular funnel-shaped, 3" across, very fragrant.  Flat-shaped truss holds 10 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves between oblanceolate and narrowly obovate, acute apex, narrowly cuneate base, 3" long, moderate olive green, deciduous.  Mildew resistant.  Rounded habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Very cold hardy, surviving to -30F (-34C).  Hybridized by Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Photos (top to bottom) by Boris Bauer, William Spohn, courtesy of ARS plant name register, Sally and John Perkins.

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