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2010 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for South Central USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Michelle Smith'
R. 'Scintillation' x R. hyperythrum

Flower openly funnel-shaped, 3" across, white with thickly dappled maroon flecks on dorsal lobe. Ball-shaped truss holds 12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves oblong, obtuse apex, rounded base, down-curved margins, glossy, dark green. Dense plant habit.  Heat tolerant. Typical height: 5 ft. in 10 yrs.   Plant is hardy to -15 F  (-26C).  Hybridized by Thornton.

R. 'Michelle Smith'

 Photo by Len Miller

R. 'Olga Mezitt'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Olga Mezitt'
R. minus var. minus Carolinianum Group x R. minus var. minus

Flower light purplish-pink with inconspicuous gold-green blotch that ages to reddish-brown, openly to tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 1" across.  Dome-shaped trusses hold about 12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves lanceolate shaped with acute apex and cuneate base, convex, 2" long, yellow-green.  Leaves turn mahogany color in winter.  Upright growth habit.  Reaches a height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Margaret Douglas'
R. linearifolium var macropetalum hybrid?

Flower pale pink central area and " orange-pink edge, single, widely funnel-shaped, 2" to 3" across.  Blooms late midseason. Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1-1" long, olive green. Spreading plant habit.  Heat tolerant. Grows to a height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Morrison.

R. 'Margaret Douglas'

 Photo by Donald Hyatt

R. 'Homebush'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Homebush'
Parentage unknown

Flower vivid purplish pink on a base of rose madder, openly funnel-shaped, slightly recurved lobes, about 1⅛" across, semi-double.  Tight, ball-shaped truss with 12-16 flowers. Holds color well in sun.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, light green.  Upright, open growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 0 F (-18 C).  Hybridized by Waterer (Knaphill).  Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins  

Prior Year ROY Selections for South Central USA
2009   2008   2007   2006   2005   2004

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