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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2009

South West USA Region

R. 'Bruce Brechtbill'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Bruce Brechtbill'

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 an approximate height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Introduced by the Brechtbill Nursery.

R. 'My Lady'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'My Lady'

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 years.  Suitable for temperate locations, cold hardy to 15F (-9C).  Hybridized by Sumner.

R. 'Kirin'

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

Flower vivid 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.  Prefers partial shade.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Raised and named in Japan.  Introduced by the Domoto Brothers Nursery who renamed it 'Coral Bells'.

R. occidentale

Deciduous Azalea: R. occidentale

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.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Species native to western U.S. from southern California to Washington.

Photos (top to bottom) by Pat Breen, Marvin Larsen, Harold Greer, Don Kohlenberger.

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