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2012 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Mid-Atlantic USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Janet Blair'
Parentage unknown

Flower very pale pinkish mauve with golden bronze rays on the upper lobe, widely funnel-shaped, fragrant, frilly edges, about 3½" across. Held in tall truss with about 13 flowers.  Blooms midseason. Leaves elliptic, with a slight ripple, 5" long, glossy, dark green. Dense, mounding, well-branched growth habit. Grows wider than tall.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15° F (-26° C).  Heat tolerant.  Hybridized by Dexter.

 R. 'Janet Blair'


 Photo by Sally and John Perkins

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Windbeam'
R. 'Conestoga' seedling

Flower opens white tinged pale apricot, after 3-4 days flowers become light purplish pink.  Flower is funnel-shaped, wavy-edged, ¾" across and has moderate reddish orange and strong red spots on the dorsal lobe.  Ball-shaped truss holds 8 flowers.   Blooms early midseason.  Leaf is elliptic to lanceolate, with obtuse apex and cuneate base, 2" to 2¾" long, moderate olive green.  Willowy, leggy growth habit.  Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -25° F   (-32° C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

R. 'Windbeam'

Photo by Eleanor Philp 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Sandra's Green Ice'
R. 'Elsie Lee' x R. 'Anna Kehr'

Flower pale yellow-green towards base shading to white towards the edges; greenish center ages to white, broadly funnel-shaped, hose-in-hose, about 2" across, wavy edges.  Inflorescence is two flowered.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acuminate apex, cuneate base, upcurved edges, 1" long, dull, moderate yellow-green.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to xx F (-xx° C).  Hybridized by Hyatt.

 R. 'Sandra's Green Ice'

   Photo by Don Hyatt

R. 'Aromi Sunny-side-up'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Aromi Sunny-side-up'
R. austrinum x R. 'Golden Sunset'

Flower vivid yellow with a vivid orange-yellow blotch, tubular funnel-shaped, 1¾" across, moderately scented.  Flat truss holds 8 to 16 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base,  2¾" long, dull, yellow-green, deciduous.  Grows to a height of about 6 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to 10° F (-12° C).  Hybridized by Aromi.

Photo by Bob Stelloh  

Prior Year ROY Selections for Mid-Atlantic USA
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