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2008 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Southwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Noyo Chief'
R. arboreum ssp. nilagiricum hybrid

Flower rose red, unmarked, broadly campanulate,  2" across.  Held in ball-shaped truss with 16 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, up to 7" long, very glossy, slightly bullate, dark green, sparse fawn indumentum, leaves retained 2 years. New growth is bronze. Vigorous grower.  Grows to a height of 8 - 10 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 5 F (-15 C).  Bowman purchased the plant from Brandt in 1952 who had it from Reuthe in 1945.


R. 'Noyo Chief'

  Photo by Herbert Spady

R. 'Ginny Gee'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Ginny Gee'
R. keiskei, prostrate form x R. racemosum

Flower white with pink mottling at edges both inside and on reverse, tubular funnel-shaped to widely funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 3/4" - 1" across.  Flowers fade to light pink or white.  Held in terminal clusters of multiple buds each with 3 - 5 flowers.  An early midseason bloomer.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, dark matte green, retained 2 - 3 years. Some reddening of leaves in winter. Compact, very dense growth habit.  Grows to an approximate height of 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Berg.

Photo by Ron Knight  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Ward's Ruby'
Parentage unknown

Flower dark red, lower part of dorsal lobe a deeper color, campanulate, single, about 1" across.  Lax truss holds 2-3 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, up to 1⅛" long, glossy, dark green.  Leaves turn reddish-purple in winter. Dense, compact growth habit.  Grows to a height of 3 ft. in 10 years. Hardy to 5 F (-15 C).  Hybridizer unknown.

R. 'Ward's Ruby'

 Photo by Marilynne Mellander

R. 'Mount Saint Helens'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Mount Saint Helens'
R. 'Cecile' x unnamed hybrid

Flower yellowish pink with a vivid reddish-orange blotch, widely funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across. Ball-shaped truss hold 11 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, mucronate, narrowly cuneate, 3" to 4" long, moderate yellowish-green. Deciduous leaves turn a beautiful orange-yellow in the fall.  Upright habit.   Grows to 6 ft. tall in 10 years.   Plant is cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Hybridized by Girard.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Prior Year ROY Selections for Southwestern USA
2007   2006   2005   2004

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