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2011 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for South Central USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Brown Eyes'
R. fortunei ssp fortunei x unknown

Flower pink with a golden-brown flare on upper lobes, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic to ovate, deep green on a vigorous and tough plant.  Upright, spreading plant habit.  Heat tolerant.  Typical height: 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -20 F (-29C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

R. 'Brown Eyes'

 Photo by Sally and John Perkins

R. 'Landmark'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Landmark'
R. 'Counterpoint' x R. Carolina Rose' Group

Flower strong purplish-red with faint scarlet spotting, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, " across.  Held in dome-shaped truss with 25 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down-curved edges, about 2" long, semi-glossy, dark green.  In winter leaves turn bronze-purple color.  Upright, open habit.  Grows to height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Martha Hitchcock'
R. mucronatum x R. 'Shinnyo-no-tsuki'

Flower white, with strong purplish-red edges and purplish red spotting, single, 3" across.  Young plants often produce strong reddish purple flowers.  Inflorescence 1-3 flowered. Blooms midseason.  Leaves 2" long, hairy, dark green.  Broad, open habit.  Grows to 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Morrison.  Won an ARS Award of Merit and a First Class Certificate from the RHS.

R. 'Martha Hitchcock'

 Photo by Peter Littlefield

R. austrinum

Deciduous Azalea: R. austrinum
Species Rhododendron in subgenus Pentanthera section Pentanthera sub section Pentanthera

Flower varies from plant to plant - yellow to orange, narrowly funnel-shaped, 1" across, slightly fragrant.  Held in radially symmetric trusses at the stem tips.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 4" long, light green, deciduous.  Rounded plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Found in the wild in Northwestern Florida to Southeastern Mississippi.

Photo by Boris Bauer  

Prior Year ROY Selections for South Central USA
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