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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2007

Mid-Atlantic USA Region

R. 'Caroline'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Caroline'

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 approximately 6 ft. tall in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Gable.  Named for his daughter.

R. 'Olga Mezitt'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Olga Mezitt'

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 about 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Fairfax'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Fairfax'

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 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Ring.


Deciduous Azalea: No selection.

Photos (top to bottom) by Henk Borsje, Sally and John Perkins, Steve Henning.

Prior Years Selections for Mid-Atlantic USA Region





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