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2007 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for South Central USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Peppermint Twist'
R. hyperythrum x R. 'Hexe'

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, 4-1/2" long, glossy green, retained for 2 years.  Rounded, dense plant habit. Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -10 F  (-23 C).  Tolerates humidity well.  Hybridized by Thornton.

R. 'Peppermint Twist'

 Photo by Harold Greer  

R. 'Mary Fleming'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Mary Fleming'
(R. racemosum x R. keiskei) x R. keiskei

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 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Nearing.

Photo by June Bouchard 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Purple Splendor'
R. yedoense var. poukhanense x R. 'Hexe'

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 height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26  C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. 'Purple Splendor'

 Photo by Buck Clagett

R. 'Mount Saint Helens'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Mount Saint Helens'
R. 'Cecile' x unnamed hybrid

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 6 ft. tall in 10 years.   Plant is cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Hybridized by Girard.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Prior Year ROY Selections for South Central USA
2006   2005   2004

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