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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2012

Mid-Atlantic USA Region

R. 'Janet Blair'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Janet Blair'

Flower very pale pinkish mauve with golden bronze rays on the upper lobe, widely funnel-shaped, fragrant, frilly edges, about 3" 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 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Heat tolerant.  Hybridized by Dexter.

R. 'Windbeam'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Windbeam'

Flower opens white tinged pale apricot, after 3-4 days flowers become light purplish pink.  Flower is funnel-shaped, wavy-edged, " 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 2" long, moderate olive green.  Willowy, leggy growth habit.  Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

R. 'Sandra's Green Ice'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Sandra's Green Ice'

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 3F (-16C).  Hybridized by Hyatt.

R. 'Aromi Sunny-side-up'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Aromi Sunny-side-up'

Flower vivid yellow with a vivid orange-yellow blotch, tubular funnel-shaped, 1" across, moderately scented.  Flat truss holds 8 to 16 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base,  2" long, dull, yellow-green, deciduous.  Grows to a height of about 6 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to 10F (-12C).  Hybridized by Aromi.

Photos (top to bottom) by Sally and John Perkins, Eleanor Philp, Don Hyatt, Bob Stelloh.

Prior Years Selections for Mid-Atlantic USA Region










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