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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2007

North East USA Region

R. 'Scintillation'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Scintillation'

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 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

R. 'Windbeam'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Windbeam'

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 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

R. 'Madame Butterfly'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Madame Butterfly'

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

R. vaseyi

Deciduous Azalea: R. vaseyi

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.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Named for George S. Vasey who discovered the species.  Native species found growing in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Photos (top to bottom) by Boris Bauer, Eleanor Philp, Leon Swell, Henk Borsje.

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