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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2012

North East USA Region

R. 'Cinnamon Bear'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Cinnamon Bear'

Flower white with strong purplish-red spotting, openly campanulate, 2" across.  Held in dome-shaped truss of about 20 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 5" long, heavy cinnamon-brown colored indumentum, new growth is whitish colored.  Leaves retained 3-4 years.  Rounded, well-branched habit.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Cecil Smith.

R. 'Weston's Pink Diamond'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Weston's Pink Diamond'

Flower light vivid purplish red with orange-brown spots on dorsal lobe, flat saucer-shaped, semi-double, wavy lobes, ruffled center of petaloid stamens, 1" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses with 8 to 12 flowers.  An early season bloomer.  Leaves lanceolate, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, yellow-green, retained 1 year.  Upright plant, well-branched, ⅔ as broad as high.  Grows to an approximate height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Abigail Adams'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Abigail Adams'

Flower deep purplish pink, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, about 3" across.  Inflorescence holds 3 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, obtuse apex, cuneate base, 2" long, glossy, mid green.  Plant has a wide spreading, mounding habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Narcissiflorum'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Narcissiflorum'

Flower light yellow, deeper yellow in center, with faint pink tinge at edges, tubular funnel-shaped, 1⅛" across, double, fragrant.  Ball-shaped truss holds 10 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves 3" long, mid green, deciduous.  Upright growth habit.  Grows to about 6 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Rinz.

Photos (top to bottom) by Diane Weissman, Kenneth Cox, Tijs Huisman, Sally and John Perkins.

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