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2008 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for South Central USA


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

Flower currant red at margins shading at center to blood red, openly funnel-shaped, frilly edges, 3" across. Held in tight, ball-shaped truss of about 12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves are large, pointed, very thick and dark green with sparse indumentum.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.   Plant is hardy to -5F  (-21C).  Hybridized by Seabrook.

R. 'Grace Seabrookt'

 Photo by Eleanor Philp  

R. 'PJM Group'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'PJM Group'
(R. minus var minus Carolinianum Group x R. dauricum Sempervirens Group

Flower lilac purple to light violet, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1" across.  Several clones are known as well as a number of forms.  Ball-shaped truss holds 5-12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat to convex, obtuse apex, cuneate base, 1" to 2" long, glossy green, rust colored scaly indumentum, deep mahogany-purple in winter.  Upright, dense growth habit.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Heat and sun tolerant.  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by Chris Klapwijk 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Blaauw's Pink'
Parentage unknown

Flower salmon pink suffused with light pink, spotted darker on dorsal lobe, hose-in-hose, openly funnel-shaped, about  1⅛" across.  An early bloomer.  Dense, mounding plant habit.  Grows to a height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Blaauw & Co.

R. 'Blaauw's Pink'

 Photo by Ron Knight

R. 'My Mary'

Deciduous Azalea: 'My Mary'
R. 'Nacoochee' x R. austrinum

Flower brilliant yellow with orange tube, no markings, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across, fragrant.  Conical trusses hold up to 25 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves near narrowly obovate to elliptic, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1" long, deciduous.  Attractive, compact habit.   Grows to 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant hardy to -10F (-23C).  Insect and disease resistant.  Hybridized by Beasley.

David C. Royster  

Prior Year ROY Selections for South Central USA
2007   2006   2005   2004

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