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2007 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Great Lakes USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Calsap'
R. 'Catalgla' x R. 'Sappho'

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 yrs.  Cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Hybridized by Michener.

 R. 'Calsap'

  Photo by Don Hyatt

 R. 'Milestone'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Milestone'
R. minus var. minus Carolinianum x R. dauricum

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, turn 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 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Bixby'
(R. 'Vuyk's Rosyred' ['Vuyk's Scarlet'?] x R. yedoense var poukhanense) x unknown

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 -20 F (-29 C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 R. 'Bixby'
  Photo by Sally and John Perkins

R. 'Cecile'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Cecile'
Parentage unknown

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.  Hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Initially raised by Lionel de Rothschild.

Photo by Jim Whillhite 

Prior Year ROY Selections for Great Lakes USA
2006    2005   2004

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