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2007 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Mid-Atlantic USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Caroline'
Possibly a R. decorum hybrid

Flower orchid lavender with an orange blotch in throat, slightly scented. Held in ball-shaped truss.  A late midseason bloomer.  Densely foliaged with light green, slightly-twisted leaves.  An upright and vigorous growing shrub.  Disease resistant.  Grows 6 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Gable. Named for his daughter.

 R. 'Caroline'


 Photo by Henk Borsje

R. 'PJM Elite'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Olga Mezitt'
R. minus var. minus Carolinianum Group x R. minus var. minus

Flower light purplish-pink with inconspicuous gold-green blotch that ages to reddish-brown, openly to tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 1" across.  Dome-shaped trusses hold about 12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves lanceolate shaped with acute apex and cuneate base, convex, 2" long, yellow-green.  Leaves turn mahogany color in winter.  Upright growth habit.  Reaches a 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: 'Fairfax'
R. 'Polar Sea' x R. 'Debonaire'

Flower strong purplish pink at edges, shading to nearly white in center, single, openly funnel-shaped, ruffled edges, 3" across.   Inflorescence 1 to 2 flowered.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic to narrowly elliptic, obtuse apex, cuneate base, slightly concave, 2" long, dark green.  Dense, spreading plant habit.  Grows to a height of about 2-1/2 ft. in 10 years. Hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Ring.

 R. 'Fairfax'

   Photo by Steve Henning

Prior Year ROY Selections for Mid-Atlantic USA
2006   2005   2004

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