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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2007


Great Lakes USA Region

R. 'Calsap'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Calsap'

Flower white with a dark red blotch, reverse flushed very pale purple, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across.  Conical-shaped truss holds 18 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves oblong shaped with apiculate apex and cuneate base, convex, 5" long, emerald green, retained 2 years.  Plant needs some sun for dense habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Michener.

   
R. 'Milestone'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Milestone'

Flower vivid purplish pink, holding intensity until maturity, openly funnel-shaped, frilly lobes, 2" across.  Held in trusses of 3-10 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves oblong, with acute apex and cuneate base, about 1" long, glossy, medium green with rust-colored scaly indumentum, mahogany-colored in winter.  Foliage retention 10-20% in winter.  Dense, compact growth habit.  Prefers some sun.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Bixby'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Bixby'

Flower red, unmarked, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1" across.  Flatted, dome-shaped truss with 3 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves obovate shaped with mucronate apex and cuneate base, concave, bullate, light green colored, retained for 2 years.  Dense, compact and spreading plant habit.  Typically grows 2 ft. high in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Cecile'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Cecile'

Flower salmon pink with yellow blotch on upper lobe, tubular funnel-shaped, 3" to 5" across.  Ball-shaped, dense truss contains 8-11 flowers.  Blooms midseason to late midseason.  Leaves elliptic with acute apex and cuneate base, deciduous.  Upright, open habit.  Grows to a height of 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Initially raised by Lionel de Rothschild.

Photos (top to bottom) by Don Hyatt, Sally and John Perkins, Sally and John Perkins, Jim Whillhite.

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