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2006 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Midwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Bravo!'
R. catawbiense white form x [R. fortunei x (R. arboreum ssp arboreum x R. griffithianum)]

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 yrs.  Compact growth habit.  Prefers some shade to prolong flower color.  Cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Hybridized by Leach.

 R. 'Bravo'

  Photo by Boris Bauer

 R. 'April Rose'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'April Rose'
[(R. minus var. minus Carolinianum Group x R. mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink')] x [R. dauricum white form x R. dauricum]

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 yrs.  Cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Hybridized by Mehlquist.

Photo by William Spohn  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Girard's Hot Shot'
R. 'El Capitan' x R. 'Aladdin'

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 -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Girard.

R. 'Girard's Hot Shot'
  Photo courtesy of ARS plant name register

R. 'Golden Lights'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Golden Lights'
(R. atlanticum x azalea MLA 57009-1A) x red "Exbury" azalea MLA 600267H

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 height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Very cold hardy, surviving to -30 F (-34 C).  Hybridized by Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in 1975.


Photo by Sally and John Perkins  

Prior Year ROY Selections
2005 Midwest   2004 Midwest

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