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2008 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Great Lakes USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Janet Blair'
Parentage unknown

Flower very pale pinkish mauve with golden bronze rays on the upper lobe, widely funnel-shaped, frilly edges, fragrant, about 3" across.   Tall truss holds about 13 flowers.   Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, with a slight ripple, 5" long, glossy, dark green.  Dense, well-branched growth habit.  Grows wider than tall.  Reaches a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.   Cold hardy to -15F   (-26C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

 R. 'Janet Balir'

  Photo by Sally and John Perkins

 R. 'Olga Mezitt'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Olga Mezitt'
R. minus var. minus Carolinianum Group x R. minus var. minus

Flower light purplish-pink with inconspicuous gold-green blotch that ages to reddish-brown, openly to tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 1" across.  Dome-shaped trusses hold about 12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves lanceolate shaped with acute apex and cuneate base, convex, 2" long, yellow-green.  Leaves turn mahogany color in winter.  Upright growth habit.  Reaches a height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Stewartstonian'
Parentage unknown

Flower moderate red with a slight flush of strong reddish orange along lower midribs in the throat, faint spotting of strong red on ventral lobe, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Inflorescence is 2 flowered.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, " long, glossy, green tinged red.  Leaves turn wine red in winter.  Dense, compact habit.  Grows to 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Gable.

 R. 'Stewartstonian'
  Photo by Harold E. Greer

R. 'Arneson Gem'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Arneson Gem'
(R. 'C. B. Van Nes' x R. 'Koster's Brilliant Red') x unknown

Flower vivid yellow in throat, shading to reddish-orange at margins, outside red, widely funnel-shaped, 3" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses with 10 to 15 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 2" to 3" long, slightly wrinkled above, slightly hairy below.  Upright, spreading habit.  Grows approximately 3 ft. tall in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Arneson.

Photo by Harold E. Greer 

Prior Year ROY Selections for Great Lakes USA
2007    2006    2005   2004

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