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2006 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Northwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Point Defiance'
R. 'Anna' x R. 'Marinus Koster'

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, recurved edges, leathery, impressed mid-rib, dark green.  Upright plant habit.   Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Hybridized by Lem.

R. 'Point Defiance'

  Photo by Don Wallace

R. 'Wee Bee'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Wee Bee'
R. 'Patricia' x R. keiskei 'Yaku Fairy'

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 1 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to 5 F (-15 C).  Hybridized by Berg.  Won an Award of Excellence from the ARS in 1989.

Photo by Kenneth Cox  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Silver Sword'
R. 'Girard's Rose' sport

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 yrs.  Cold hardy to 0 F (-18 C).  Discovered by Meivogel.

R. 'Silver Sword'

  Photo by Harold Greer

R. 'Washington State Centennial'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Washington State Centennial'
(R. occidentale x R. cumberlandense) x R. 'Santiam'

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 yrs.  Hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Mossman.  Selected by the Washington State Centennial Commission to honor 100 years of statehood.

Photo by Harold Greer  

Prior Year ROY Selections
2005 Northwestern   2004 Northwestern

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