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2009 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Mid-Atlantic USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Wheatley'
R. 'Westbury' x R. 'Meadowbrook'

Flower pale purplish-pink shaded darker towards outer edge, with yellowish-green rays in throat, openly funnel-shaped, frilly lobes, 3" across, very fragrant.  Ball-shaped truss has 16 flowers.  A midseason bloomer. Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 7" across, medium green, retained 2 years.  Prefers filtered light. Broad, well-branched habit. Grows 5 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Received the Award of Excellence from the ARS.  Hybridized by Phipps.

 R. 'Wheatley'


 Photo by Henk Borsje

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Landmark'
R. Counterpoint' x R. 'Carolina Rose' Group

Flower strong purplish-red with faint scarlet spotting, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, " across.  Held in dome-shaped truss with 25 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down-curved edges, about 2" long, semi-glossy, dark green.  In winter leaves turn bronze-purple color.  Upright, open habit.  Grows to height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Sun tolerant. Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Landmark'

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Koromo-shikibu'
R. linearifolium var macropetalum hybrid?

Flower light purplish pink, with darker tips and spots at base, single, 2" across, with narrow, deeply divided, strap-like lobes, " wide and 1" long.  Blooms early midseason. Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1-1" long, light green. Upright, open plant habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26C).  Hybridizer is not known.

 R. 'Koromo-shikibu'

   Photo by Boris Bauer

R. 'Old Gold'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Old Gold'
Parentage: unknown

Flower opens widely "butterfly" shaped, 2⅛" to 2" across, pale orange buff flushed and overlaid with rose and an orange blotch. Round, compact trusses with 7-15 flowers. Deciduous. Open, broad, irregular habit. Height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Raised and introduced by Edmund de Rothschild.

Photo by Harold Greer  

Prior Year ROY Selections for Mid-Atlantic USA
2008   2007   2006   2005   2004

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