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2009 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Southeastern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Taurus'
R. 'The Honourable Jean Marie de Montague' x R. strigillosum

Flower vivid and strong red with darker throat and black spots on dorsal lobe, campanulate, 3" across.  Large ball-shaped truss holds about about 16 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Deep red winter buds.  Leaves elliptic with acute apex and rounded base, about 7" long, dark green, retained 3 years. Afternoon sun protection is preferred. Grows to a typical height of about 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Hybridized by Mossman.  RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993.


R. 'Taurus'


  Photo by Doug Irish-Hosler

R. 'Windbeam'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Windbeam'
R. 'Conestoga' seedling

Flower opens white tinged pale apricot, after 3-4 days flowers become light purplish pink.  Flower is funnel-shaped, wavy-edged, " across and has moderate reddish orange and strong red spots on the dorsal lobe.  Ball-shaped truss holds 8 flowers.   Blooms early midseason.  Leaf is elliptic to lanceolate, with obtuse apex and cuneate base, 2" to 2" long, moderate olive green.  Willowy, leggy growth habit.  Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Hybridized by Nearing.  Received the ARS Award of Excellence in 1973

Photo by Eleanor Philp  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Conversation Piece'
[R. 'Emile Russave' x R. 'Carol' (Gable)] x R. 'Eikan'

Flower color varies among flowers: (1) roseine purple, (2) white (3) sectored (4) roseine purple shaded lighter at edges, widely funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 3" across. Some flowers spotted.  Blooms late midseason. Leaves narrowly elliptic to elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1⅝" long, glabrous.  Upright, broad plant habit.  Grows to a height of 2 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -10F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Gartrell.

R. 'Conversation Piece'

  Photo courtesy of Auburn University

R. Gibraltar'

Deciduous Azalea: R. 'Gibraltar'
Parentage unknown

Flower vivid orange, flushed red orange, deep crimson in bud, tubular funnel-shaped, frilly edges, 2⅜" to 3" across.  Ball-shaped trusses  hold 10-12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Mildew resistant. Upright growth habit.  Grows to a height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Edmund de Rothschild.

Photo by Harold E. Greer 

Prior Year ROY Selections for Southeastern USA
2008   2007   2006   2005   2004

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