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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2006

North East USA Region

R. 'Ken Janeck'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Ken Janeck'

One of the best forms of R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum) known for its appealing foliage (heavily indumented) and its richly colored pink flowers.  Flower deep purplish pink, ages over time to white, upper lobe spotted green, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in compact trusses of 13 to 17 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate, re-curved, dark green with thick indumentum beneath.  Compact, mounding plant.  Grows twice as wide as high.  Height: typically is 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Selection received an Award of Excellence (1969).  There is continuing debate as to whether the plant is a variety of the species or is a hybrid containing R. smirnowii or another species.  Selected by Janeck.

R. 'Manitou'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Manitou'

Flower opens near white rapidly changing to pale purplish pink with a purplish pink throat and small red spots on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of up to 35 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat, semi-glossy, olive green above, brown scales below.  Mounding plant habit.  Height: typically 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

R. 'Red Red'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Red Red'

Flower strong red, unmarked, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Inflorescence 3 to 4 flowered.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic to broadly elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, 1" long, glossy, grayish olive green, turning reddish yellow in winter.  Upright, broad plant habit.  Low growing to approximately 2 ft. high in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Shammarello.

R. 'Gibraltar'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Gibraltar'

Flower vivid orange, flushed red orange, deep crimson in bud, tubular funnel-shaped, frilly edges, 2⅜" to 3" across.  Ball-shaped truss hold 10-12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, deep green, deciduous.  Mildew resistant.  Upright growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Edmund de Rothschild.

Photos (top to bottom) by Eleanor Philp, Sally and John Perkins, Harold Greer, Harold Greer.

Prior Years Selections for North East USA Region




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