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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2007

South West USA Region

R. 'Taurus'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Taurus'

Flower vivid and strong red with darker throat and black spots on dorsal lobe, campanulate, 3" across.  Large ball-shaped truss holds about about 16 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Deep red winter buds.  Leaves elliptic with acute apex and rounded base, about 7" long, dark green, retained 3 years.  Afternoon sun protection is preferred.  Grows to a typical height of about 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Mossman.  RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993.

R. 'Else Frye'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Else Frye'

Flower white flushed pink to rose outside, with a bright yellow throat, wavy lobes, broadly funnel-shaped, 4" across, very fragrant.  3 to 6 semi-erect flowers held in lax trusses.  A early midseason bloomer.  Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, 3" long, dark green with deeply impressed veins.  Stems, leaves and buds densely covered with light brown hairs.  Leaf undersides scaly, glaucous, light green.  Bark reddish-brown, fissured gray.  Grows to an approximate height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Requires a temperate growing location; hardy to 15F (-9 C).  Hybridized by Bowman.

R. 'Alaska'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Alaska'

Flower white with yellow-green blotch in throat, single, some semi-double, 2" across.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic with acute apex and cuneate base, medium green.  Round growth habit.  Grows to a height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to 5F (-15C).  Sun tolerant.  Hybridized by Bobbink & Atkins.

R. 'Gibraltar'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Gibraltar'

Flower vivid orange, flushed red orange, deep crimson in bud, tubular funnel-shaped, frilly edges, 2⅜" to 3" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 10-12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Mildew resistant.  Upright growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Edmund de Rothschild.

Photos (top to bottom) by Doug Irish-Hosler, Dick Jones, courtesy Monrovia Nursery, Harold Greer.

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