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2007 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Southwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Taurus'
R. 'The Honourable Jean Marie de Montague' x R. strigillosum

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 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Hybridized by Mossman.  RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993.


R. 'Taurus'

  Photo by Doug Irish-Hosler

R. 'Else Frye'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Else Frye'
R. ciliicalyx hybrid

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 yrs.  Requires a temperate growing location; hardy to 15 F (-9 C).  Hybridized by Bowman.

Photo by Dick Jones 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Alaska'
Parentage unknown

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 5 F (-15 C).  Sun tolerant.  Hybridized by Bobbink & Atkins.

R. 'Alaska'

 Photo by Monrovia Nursery

R. 'Gibraltar'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Gibraltar'
parentage unknown

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

Photo by Harold E. Greer 

Prior Year ROY Selections for Southwestern USA
2006   2005   2004

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