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2009 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for South Central USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Anah Kruschke'
R. ponticum seedling

Flower strong reddish-purple with a deep purplish-red blotch, 3" across, widely funnel-shaped.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 10-12 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 4" long, glossy, yellow-green, retained 3 years. Rounded habit. Heat & sun tolerant.  Typical height: 5 ft. in 10 yrs.   Plant is hardy to -15 F  (-26C).  Hybridized by Kruschke.

R. 'Anah Kruschke'

 Photo by Roland Kersten  

R. 'Dora Amateis'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Dora Amateis'
R. minus var. minus 'Carolinianum' x R. ciliatum

Flower white with faint green spotting, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in lax truss of 6-8 flowers.  Very floriferous plant.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, recurved, 2" long, light green with bronze highlights, if grown in full sun.  Compact habit.  Height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.   Grows twice as wide as high.   Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Amateis.  Received the Award of Excellence from the American Rhododendron Society and the First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society

Photo by Eleanor Philp 

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, olive green. Upright, open plant habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 10F (-12C).  Hybridizer is unknown.

R. 'Koromo-shikibu'

 Photo by Boris Bauer

R. 'Chetco'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Chetco'
R. 'Hugh Wormald' x R. 'Marion Merriman'

Flower vivid yellow with an vivid orange-yellow blotch, reverse of tube strong reddish-orange, 3" across, widely funnel-shaped. Blooms midseason. Leaves elliptic, medium green, deciduous. Upright plant habit.  Grows to a height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Slonecker.

Photo by Tijs Huisman 

Prior Year ROY Selections for South Central USA
2008   2007   2006   2005   2004

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