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2006 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Southeastern USA


R. Jericho'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Jericho'
R. keiskei 'Mt. Kuromi' x R. 'Epoch'

Light yellow-green in bud the flower opens pale yellow-green with pale yellow spots on the dorsal lobe.  Six flowers per truss.  Very floriferous.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves are small and oval-shaped. Plant can be sprawling, grows wider than tall.  Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Leach.

Photo by Henk Borsje  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Carrie Amanda'
R. 'Elsie Lee' x  R. 'Marion Lee'

Flower strong purplish-pink edges with white throat and dark rose spotting on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic to narrowly obovate, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1" long, dull, dark green, upper and lower surfaces hairy, retained 2 years. Broad, rounded, well-branched habit.  Grows to a height of 2 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Schroeder.

R. 'Carrie Amanda'

  Photo by Sally and John Perkins

R. 'Red Pepper'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Red Pepper'
R. 'Gallipoli' x  R. austrinum

Flower strong red in bud, opening brilliant orange yellow, flushed with vivid red and with a vivid orange yellow blotch, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy edged, 2" across, lightly scented.  Ball-shaped truss holds 20 - 23 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, strong yellow green above and discrete hairs below.  Grows to about 6 ft. tall in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 10 F (-12 C).  Heat tolerant in zone 9A.  Hybridized by Aromi.


Photo by Linda Guy

Prior Year ROY Selections
2005 Southeastern   2004 Southeastern

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