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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2007

South Central USA Region

R. 'Peppermint Twist'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Peppermint Twist'

Flower pink with a white throat and red spotting on dorsal lobe, funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across.  Color changes with age to white with pale pink margins.  Trusses holds about 12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves oblong, de-curved margins, broadly acute apex, rounded base, 4" long, glossy green, retained for 2 years.  Rounded, dense plant habit. Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -10F (-23C).  Tolerates humidity well.  Hybridized by Thornton.

R. 'Mary Fleming'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Mary Fleming'

Flower cream flushed strong to light purplish pink, darker blotch in throat, campanulate-shaped, wavy edged, about 1" across.  Buds hold 2 or 3 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves approximately 2" long, dull, dark green.  Leaves are bronze when new and in the winter.  Plant is sun and heat tolerant.  Typical height: 2 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Nearing.

R. 'Purple Splendor'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Purple Splendor'

Flower vivid reddish purple with darker blotch, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across, frilly edges, hose-in-hose.  Very floriferous.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic with acute apex and cuneate base, about 1" long, medium green.  Dense, spreading habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. 'Mount Saint Helens'

Deciduous Azalea: R. 'Mount Saint Helens'

Flower yellowish pink with a vivid reddish orange blotch, widely funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across.  Ball-shaped truss hold 11 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, mucronate, narrowly cuneate, 3" to 4" long, moderate yellowish-green.  Deciduous leaves turn a beautiful orange yellow in the fall.  Upright habit.  Grows to about 6 ft. tall in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Girard.

Photos (top to bottom) by Harold Greer, June Bouchard, Hank Helm, Sally and John Perkins.

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