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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2007

North West USA Region

R. 'Nancy Evans'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans'

Flower light yellow with some early orange shading on lobes and reverse, orange-red buds, hose-in-hose, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 19 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic to elliptic, 4" long, glossy, medium green, bronze colored when new.  Rounded, compact plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Brockenbrough.

R. 'Blaney's Blue'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Blaney's Blue'

Flower inside light purple, outside strong violet, unmarked, funnel-shaped, wavy-edged lobes, 1" across.  Lax truss holds 3 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, 1" long, flat margins, glossy, dark yellowish green, changing to a bronze tone in winter.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Blaney.

R. 'Mitsuki'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Mitsuki'

Flower white with numerous irregular streaks of light purple, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Flat truss holds 2-3 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, margins up-curved, 1⅛" long, dull green.  Dense growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 5F (-15C).  Grown from seed obtained by Higashi Nursery from Hiroshima, Japan.

R. 'Cecile'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Cecile'

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 typical height of 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Initially raised by Lionel de Rothschild.

Photos (top to bottom) by Eleanor Philp, Stuart Imrie, Harold Greer, Jim Whillhite.

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