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2009 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Southwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Bruce Brechtbill'
R. 'Unique' bud sport

Flower pale pink fading lighter towards center and with light yellow throat, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 3" across. Held in ball-shaped trusses of 10-12 flowers. Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 4" long, glossy, olive green, retained 3 years. Plant has a compact, dense habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Introduced by the Brechtbill Nursery.


R. 'Bruce Brechtbill'

  Photo by Pat Breen

R. 'My Lady'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'My Lady'
(R. veitchianum x R. edgeworthii) selfed

Flower very open rotate, 2" across, slightly fragrant, white blushed pink with a pale yellow throat, open truss.  An early bloomer.  Leaves 3" long, 1" wide, bullate, glossy, dark green. Compact shrub.   Grows to an approximate height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Suitable for temperate locations - hardy to 15F (-9C).  Hybridized by Sumner.

Photo by Marvin Larsen  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Kirin' (syn. 'Coral Bells')
Parentage unknown

Flower hose-in-hose, rose red with a darker blotch, shading to silvery rose, tubular funnel-shaped, about 1" across. Inflorescence 1-3 flowered.  Blooms early.  Leaves elliptic, up to 1⅛" long, glossy, dark green.  Dense, spreading habit. Grows as wide as tall. Prefers partial shade.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to 0F (-18C).  Raised and named in Japan.  Introduced by the Domoto Brothers Nursery who renamed it "Coral Bells'.

R. 'Kirin'

 Photo by Harold Greer

R. occidentale

Deciduous Azalea: R. occidentale
Species rhododendron in subgenus Pentanthera section Pentanthera subsection Pentanthera

Flower very variable, white, white flushed pink, or pale pink, often with a yellow blotch, fragrant, 1 - 2" across, broadly funnel-shaped. Inflorescence usually 3-12 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves usually oblanceolate, sometimes linear or orbicular, deciduous, 1 - 5" long, - 1" wide. Upright growth habit.  Grows to a height of 5 - 8 ft. in 10 years.   Hardy to -5F (-21C).  Native to western U.S. from S. California to S. Washington.

Photo by Don Kohlenberger 

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

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