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2009 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Northeastern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Yaku Prince'
R. 'King Tut x R. degronianum ssp yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada'

Flower opens purplish-pink and ages to a lighter pink, pale purplish-pink blotch and dark reddish-orange spotting, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across.  Ball-shaped truss of 14 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic to elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 5" long, olive-green, with moderately heavy dark orange-yellow indumentum, retained 3 years. Upright, rounded, well-branched plant. Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs. Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Shammarello.

R. 'Yaku Prince'

  Photo by Don Kohlenberger

R. keiski

Lepidote Rhododendron keiskei
Species rhododendron in subgenus Rhododendron section Rhododendron subsection Triflora

Flower pale yellow, - 1" across, widely funnel shaped. Inflorescence 2-6 flowered.   Blooms early midseason.  Leaves lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 1 - 3" long, ⅓ - 1" wide, upper surface olive to dark green, scaly below.  Young leaves reddish-bronze. Very variable habit,  some forms prostrate, others tall and leggy.  Typical height is 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Native to Japan (Honshu to Yakushima).

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Wintergreen'
R. nakaharai (open pollinated)

Flower strong to deep pink with strong red spotting on upper three lobes, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across. Inflorescence 2-flowered.  Blooms late.  Leaves narrowly elliptic to elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1⅜" long, moderate olive green. Spreading habit. Low growing reaching a height of about 1 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -5F (-21C).  Raised from seed collected by Rokujo.

R. 'Wintergreen'

  Photo by Sally and John Perkins

R. 'Weston's Innocence'

Deciduous Azalea: 'R. Weston's Innocence'
R. arborescens (?) x R. viscosum ( possibly reciprocal cross )

Flower white with very pale yellow dorsal flare, tubular-funnel shaped, wavy edges, 2" across, fragrant.  Dome-shaped truss has 8 flowers.  Blooms late.  Leaves obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat, 2" long, glossy green, tinged bronze when new, deciduous. Dense plant habit.  Grows to 5 ft. tall in 10 years.  Very cold hardy. Survives to  to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins  

Prior Year ROY Selections for Northeastern USA
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