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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2007

South East USA Region

R. 'Janet Blair'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Janet Blair'

Flower very pale pinkish mauve with golden bronze rays on the upper lobe, widely funnel-shaped, fragrant, frilly edges, about 3" across.  Held in tall truss of about 13 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, with a slight ripple, 5" long, glossy, dark green.  Dense, mounding growth habit.  Typical height: 6 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Heat tolerant.  Hybridized by Dexter.


Lepidote Rhododendron:

No selection.

R. 'Herbert'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Herbert'

Flower vivid reddish purple with a darker blotch, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across, frilled edges, hose-in-hose.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, about 1" long, medium green.  Dense, spreading habit.  Grows to a height of about 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. atlanticum

Deciduous Azalea: R. atlanticum

Known as the Coastal azalea.  Flower white often flushed pink, narrowly funnel-shaped, very fragrant.  Flowers before or just as the new leaves open.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 2" long, bright bluish-green, deciduous.  Grows to 3-4 ft. tall in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Easily propagated by division, root or stem cuttings.  Native species found in the eastern United States coastal plains from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

Photos (top to bottom) by Sally and John Perkins, courtesy of Monrovia Nursery, Margaret Taylor.

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