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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2008


North West USA Region

R. 'Marie Starks'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Marie Starks'

Flower light greenish yellow, more brilliant on dorsal lobes, and with dark red blotch surrounding base of throat and with dorsal dark red spotting, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 3" across.  Ball-shaped, somewhat lax, truss contains 14-18 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, rounded base, 4" long, flat, glossy, yellow-green, retained for 2 years.  Rounded growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Murray.

 
R. 'Vibrant Violet'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Vibrant Violet'

Flower vivid violet with brownish-orange anthers, wavy to frilly lobes, widely funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in terminal clusters composed of 4 to 5 trusses each with 5 - 6 flowers.  Blooms early.  Leaves near elliptic to wider than lanceolate, concave, acute, cuneate, about 1" long, dull, dark yellowish-green, retained 2 years.  Round, well-branched shrub.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant and bud hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Fujioka.

 
R. 'Girard's Fuchsia'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Girard's Fuchsia'

Flower moderate to deep purplish red with moderate purplish red spots, reverse deep purplish pink, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" to 3" across.  Inflorescence 3 flowered.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves narrowly obovate to elliptic, apiculate apex, narrowly cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, moderate yellowish olive green.  Broad habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Girard.

 
R. 'Cannon's Double'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Cannon's Double'

Flower pale yellow with deep pink veins and outer petals, reverse pink, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy edges, double, 2" across, slightly fragrant.  Dome-shaped truss has 7 - 8 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves narrowly obovate to oblanceolate, flat, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 4" long, deciduous, matte green, bullate.  Open growth habit.  Grows to a height of 6 - 7 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Cannon.

Photos (top to bottom) by Bob George, Don Kohlenberger, Harold Greer, Tijs Huisman.

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