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2011 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Northwestern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Lem's Cameo'
R. 'Dido' x R. 'Anna'

Flower strong purplish-pink at edges shading to light yellowish-pink at throat, with a strong red blotch on dorsal lobe, reverse shaded red, widely funnel-campanulate shaped, wavy lobes, 3" across.  Held in dome-shaped truss with 17-20 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, approximately 5" long, dark green, retained 3 years.  New growth is mahogany colored.  Upright plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant and bud hardy to 0 F (-18C).  Hybridized by Lem.

R. 'Lem's Cameo'

  Photo by Kenneth Cox

R. 'Bob’s Blue'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Bob’s Blue'
R. 'Ilam Violet' x R. 'Blue Diamond'

Flower funnel-shaped, about " across, light violet.  Held in truss of 3-5 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves small, leathery, dark bronze green in summer, turning to maroon in winter.  Upright, well-branched plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 0 F (-18 C).  Hybridized by Rhodes.

Photo by Harold Greer  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Girard's Fuchsia'
[(R. 'Herbert' x R. 'Girard's Hot Shot') x R. 'Sandra Ann'] x R. 'Sandra Ann'

Flower moderate to deep purplish-red with moderate purplish-red spots, reverse deep purplish-pink, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" to 3" across.  Inflorescence 3 flowered.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves narrowly obovate to elliptic, apiculate apex, narrowly cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, moderate yellowish olive green.  Broad plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Girard.

R. 'Girard's Fuchsia'

  Photo by Joe Coleman

R. luteum

Deciduous Azalea: R. luteum
Species rhododendron in subgenus Pentanthera section Pentanthera sub section Pentanthera

Flower bright yellow with darker yellow blotch, tubular funnel shaped, 1" to 2" across, fragrant.  Truss holds 7 to 17 flowers.  Blooms midseason to late midseason.  Leaves oblong to oblong-oblanceolate, up to 5" long, deciduous.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Native to Eastern Europe, Turkey, Caucasus.

Photo by Kenneth Cox   

Prior Year ROY Selections for Northwestern USA
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