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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2010

North West USA Region

R. 'Seaview Sunset'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Seaview Sunset'

Flower inside light yellow edged with broad band of red-orange, outside deep yellowish pink, openly campanulate, wavy edges, 2" across.  Dome-shaped trusses hold 16 flowers.  Blooms early.  Leaves elliptic, flat, down curved edges, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 4" long, semi-glossy, dark green, retained 3-4 years.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Hardiness under evaluation, perhaps 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Fujioka.

R. 'Too Bee'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Too Bee'

Flower pink with lighter throat and strong red spots, reverse darker pink, openly funnel-shaped, wavy to frilly lobes, 1" across.  Held in clusters of 3-5 lax flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1⅛" long, convex, dull, retained 2 years.  Grows twice as broad as high, rounded and well-branched habit.  Grows to a height of 1 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant and bud hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Berg.

R. 'Rosebud'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Rosebud'

Flower strong purplish-pink, flushed with slight veining of deep purplish pink, broadly funnel-shaped, double, hose-in hose, 1⅛" across.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, 1" to 1" long, glossy, mid green.  Spreading, dense habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Gable.  Received the ARS Award of Merit and the First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society.

R. 'Gibraltar'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Gibraltar'

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.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, deep green, deciduous.  Mildew resistant.  Upright growth habit.  Grows to a height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Edmund de Rothschild.

Photos (top to bottom) by Frank Fujioka, Don Kohlenberger, Sally and John Perkins, Harold Greer.

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