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2009 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Great Lakes USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Pearce's American Beauty'
R. 'Mrs. Charles S. Sargent' x R. 'Doctor H. C. Dresselhuys'

Flower strong purplish-red with yellowish-green spots and three dorsal white rays from base to spots, openly funnel-shaped, frilly, 3" across. Ball-shaped trusses hold 18 flowers.  Blooms very late.  Leaves elliptic, flat, acute apex, cuneate base, 7" long, yellow-green, retained 2-3 years. Broad habit with decumbent branches. Reaches a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.   Cold hardy to at least 0 F   (-18C).  Hybridized by Pearce.

 R. 'Janet Blair'

  Photo by Lloyd Newcomb

 R. 'Angel Powder'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Angel Powder'
R. 'Epoch' x R. mucronatum, white flowered

Flower white with yellowish-green dorsal spots, widely funnel-shaped, frilly, 2⅛" across. Held in multiple terminal buds each with 6 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 3⅜" long. Upright plant habit. Reaches a height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Delp.

Photo by Tony Greco  

Evergreen Azalea: 'White Rosebud'
R. 'Vervaeneanum Album' x R. 'Rosebud'

Flower white with green throat, double, about 2" across, with about 40 lobes. Lax truss holds 1-4 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, obtuse apex, cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, bullate, mid green, held for 2-3 years. Dense, slow-growing plant. Upright growth habit.  Grows to 3 ft. in 10 years.   Cold  hardy  to  -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Kehr.

 R. 'White Rose Bud'
  Photo by Boris Bauer

R. 'Narcissiflorum'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Narcissiflorum'
Parentage: unknown

Flower double, light yellow, deeper in center, with faint pink tinge at edges, fragrant, tubular funnel-shaped, 1⅛" across. Ball-shaped truss holds 10 flowers. Mildew resistant. Blooms midseason.  Leaves 3" long, mid green. Upright plant habit. Grows approximately 6 ft. tall in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Rinz.  Received the Award of Merit and the First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins  

Prior Year ROY Selections for Great Lakes USA
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