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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2009

Great Lakes USA Region

R. 'Pearce's American Beauty'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Pearce's American Beauty'

Flower strong purplish red with yellowish green spots and three dorsal white rays from base to spots, openly funnel-shaped, frilly edges, 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 years.  Cold hardy to at least 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Pearce.

R. 'Angel Powder'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Angel Powder'

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 typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Delp.

R. 'White Rosebud'

Evergreen Azalea: 'White 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 about 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Kehr.

R. 'Narcissiflorum'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Narcissiflorum'

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 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Rinz.  Received the Award of Merit and the First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Photos (top to bottom) by Lloyd Newcomb, Tony Greco, Boris Bauer, Sally and John Perkins.

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