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2012 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Great Lakes USA


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

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

 R. 'Brown Eyes'

  Photo by Sally and John Perkins

 R. 'Bluenose'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Bluenose'
unnamed augustinii hybrid x dauricum Sempervirens Group

Flower light violet, fading to very pale purple, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in lax trusses of 3-5 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic, convex, 2" long, olive green, retained 1 to 1 years. Upright, open plant habit.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.    Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Brueckner.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins  

Evergreen Azalea: 'Pale Lilac'
R. kaempferi x R. yedoense var. poukhanense

Flower very light pink.  Grows to about 6 ft. in 10 years.  Upright, spreading plant habit.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Raised  by Gable, named by O. Pride.

 R. 'Pale Lilac'
  Photo courtesy of RareFind Nursery

R. 'Klondyke'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Klondyke'
Parentage unknown

Flower strong yellow, suffused with reddish-orange, with an orange-yellow blotch, funnel-shaped, 2⅜" to 3⅛"across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 8-15 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.   Deciduous. Leaves deep brownish-red when new, deep bronze in autumn, mildew-resistant. Broad, upright, dense growth habit.  Height: 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Raised and introduced by Edmund de Rothschild.  Winner of the English Award of Garden Merit.

Photo by Kenneth Cox  

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