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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2008

South Central USA Region

R. 'Grace Seabrook'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Grace Seabrook'

Flower vivid red at margins shading darker at center, 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. PJM Group

Lepidote Rhododendron: PJM Group

Flower moderate purplish red 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 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Heat and sun tolerant.  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Blaauw's Pink'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Blaauw's Pink'

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 typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Blaauw & Co.

R. 'My Mary'

Deciduous Azalea: R. 'My Mary'

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 about 5 ft. in 10 years.  Plant hardy to -10F (-23C).  Insect and disease resistant.  Hybridized by Beasley.

Photos (top to bottom) by Eleanor Philp, Chris Klapwijk, Ron Knight, David C. Royster.

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