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2007 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Northeastern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Scintillation'
Parentage unknown

Flower strong purplish-pink shaded lighter towards center, flared greenish-yellow markings in throat, outside deep purplish-pink, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 11-15 flowers.  Several forms exist of this hybrid.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves oblong, apiculate apex, rounded base, glossy, deep green, waxy texture.  Broad habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

R. 'Scintillation'

  Photo by Boris Bauer

R. 'Windbeam'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Windbeam'
R. 'Conestoga' seedling

Flower opens white tinged pale apricot, after 3-4 days flowers become light purplish pink.  Flower is funnel-shaped, wavy-edged, " across and has moderate reddish orange and strong red spots on the dorsal lobe.  Ball-shaped truss holds 8 flowers.   Blooms early midseason.  Leaf is elliptic to lanceolate, with obtuse apex and cuneate base, 2" to 2" long, moderate olive green.  Willowy, leggy growth habit.  Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

Photo by Eleanor Philp  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Madame Butterfly'
R. 'Fedora' x R. mucronatum

Flower white flushed with lavender, with chocolate/chartreuse spotting on the upper petals, single,  2" across. Blooms midseason.  Grows to 5 ft. in height in 10 years.    Hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Spreading growth habit.  Initially raised by Deerfield Nursery.

R. 'Madame Butterfly'

  Photo by Leon Swell

R. vaseyi

Deciduous Azalea: R. vaseyi
Species rhododendron in subgenus Pentanthera section Rhodora

Flower pale to deep pink, occasionally white, with green throat and reddish-orange spots, widely funnel-shaped to rotate-campanulate, wing-like lobes, up to 2" across.  Held in clusters of 4 - 8 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, tapering at each end, margins often undulate, up to 5" long, dark green with paler underside, deciduous.  Upright, spreading habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Named for George S. Vasey who discovered the species.  Found in the wild in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Photo by Henk Borsje  

Prior Year ROY Selections for Northeastern USA
2006   2005   2004

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