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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2010

South East USA Region

R. 'Queen Anne's'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Queen Anne's'

Flower very pale violet when first open, quickly fading to white, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across, no markings.  Flowers look doubled due to fused and petaloid stamens.  Ball-shaped truss contains 10 to 13 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 3" long, glossy, olive green, retained 2 years.  Rounded, open habit.  Grows to a typical height of about 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to at least 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Skinner.

R. 'Dora Amateis'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Dora Amateis'

Flower white with faint green spotting, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in lax truss of 6-8 flowers.  Very floriferous plant.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, recurved, 2" long, light green with bronze highlights, if grown in full sun.  Compact habit.  Height: 3 ft. in 10 years.  Grows twice as wide as high.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Amateis.  Received the Award of Excellence from the ARS and the First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society.

R. 'Midnight Flare'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Midnight Flare'

Flower deep red with strong purplish red blotch on three lobes, funnel-shaped, single, 2" across.  Inflorescence has 2-11 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, slightly up-curved margins, semi-glossy, dark bluish green, colored red in winter.  Spreading habit.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Harris.

R. flammeum

Deciduous Azalea: R. flammeum

Flower apricot to orange to scarlet, funnel-shaped, variable in size.  Blooms midseason to late midseason.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 3" long, deciduous.  Upright, broad plant habit.  Grows to a height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Very heat tolerant.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Native species found growing in Georgia and South Carolina.

Photos (top to bottom) by Loyd Newcomb, Eleanor Philp, Don Hyatt, Tijs Huisman.

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