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2012 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Northeastern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Cinnamon Bear'
R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada' x R. bureavii

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 yrs.  Cold hardy to 0 F (-18 C).  Hybridized by C.C. Smith.

R. 'Cinnamon Bear'

  Photo by Diane Weissman

R. 'Weston's Pink Diamond'

Lepidote Rhododendron 'Weston's Pink Diamond'
R. 'PJM' x R. mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'

Flower light fuchsia pink 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 yrs.  Cold hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo by Kenneth Cox 

Evergreen Azalea: R. 'Abigail Adams'
R. 'Royal Pillow' open-pollinated

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 yrs.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Abigail Adams'

  Photo by Tijs Huisman

R. 'Narcissiflorum'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Narcissiflorum'
Parentage unknown

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.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins  

Prior Year ROY Selections for Northeastern USA
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