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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2010

Mid-Atlantic USA Region

R. 'Scintillation'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Scintillation'

Flower strong purplish-pink shaded lighter towards center, flared greenish-yellow markings in throat, outside deep purplish-pink, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 11-15 flowers.  Several forms exist of this hybrid.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves oblong, apiculate apex, rounded base, glossy, deep green, waxy texture.  Broad habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

R. 'Mary Fleming'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Mary Fleming'

Flower cream flushed strong to light purplish pink, darker blotch in throat, campanulate-shaped, wavy edged, about 1" across.  Buds hold 2 or 3 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves approximately 2" long, dull, dark green.  Leaves are bronze when new and in the winter.  Plant is sun and heat tolerant.  Typical height: 2 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Nearing.

R. 'Carrie Amanda'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Carrie Amanda'

Flower strong purplish-pink edges with white throat and dark rose spotting on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic to narrowly obovate, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1" long, dull, dark green, upper and lower surfaces hairy, retained 2 years. Broad, rounded, well-branched habit.  Grows to a height of 2 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Schroeder.

R. 'Klondyke'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Klondyke'

Flower strong yellow, suffused with reddish-orange, with an orange-yellow blotch, funnel-shaped, 2⅜" to 3⅛" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 8-15 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Deciduous.  Leaves deep brownish-red when new, deep bronze in autumn, mildew-resistant.  Broad, upright, dense growth habit.  Height: 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Raised and introduced by Edmund de Rothschild.  Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Photos (top to bottom) by Boris Bauer, June Bouchard, Sally and John Perkins, Kenneth Cox.

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