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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2006

North West USA Region

R. 'Point Defiance'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Point Defiance'

Flower white in center, edged purplish red on all lobes, fading in time to nearly pure white, of heavy substance, widely funnel-shaped, 4" across.  Buds are strong red colored.  Held in trusses with 15 to 17 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, mucronate apex, rounded base, 7" long, re-curved edges, leathery, impressed mid-rib, dark green.  Upright plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Lem.

R. 'Wee Bee'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Wee Bee'

Flower vivid red shading to pink in throat, red rays down each lobe, wavy lobes, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Held in lax trusses of 3-5 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, bronzy-red in fall.  Rounded, dense, very compact habit.  Low growing to a height of about 1 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to 5F (-15 C).  Hybridized by Berg.  Won an Award of Excellence from the ARS in 1989.

R. 'Silver Sword'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Silver Sword'

Flower strong purplish red, unmarked, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobed, about 2" across.  Dome-shaped inflorescence with 5-7 trusses, each 2-8 flowered.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic to elliptic, irregularly shaped, 1" to 2" long, glossy, sparsely hairy, variegated white and green, tinged red in fall, retained 2 years.  Upright, broad, well-branched plant.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Selected by Meivogel.

R. 'Washington State Centennial'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Washington State Centennial'

Flower light orange paling to white, with prominent strong orange yellow blotch and discontinuous strong pink edge and veins, tubular funnel-shaped, very deeply ruffled edges, 3" across, fragrant.  Ball-shaped truss holds 10-12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic and narrowly obovate, apiculate, cuneate, 3⅞" long, revolute, glossy, moderate yellow-green.  Upright, open growth habit.  Grows to a height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Mossman.  Selected by the Washington State Centennial Commission to honor 100 years of statehood.

Photos (top to bottom) by Don Wallace, Kenneth Cox, Harold Greer, Harold Greer.

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