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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2012


North West USA Region

R. 'Lem's Monarch'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Lem's Monarch'

Flower pale pink to white with pink edges and two narrow rays of red spots on upper lobe, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 5" across.  Dome-shaped truss holds 16 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves ovate, flat, broadly acute apex, rounded base, slightly wavy margins, 7" to 8" long, dull, olive green, retained 2 years.  Moderately dense habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Lem.

 
R. 'Blue Baron'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Blue Baron'

Flower light violet inside, vivid violet outside, broadly funnel-shaped with wavy edges, 1" across.  Held in dome-shaped truss with 20 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves oblong, wavy margins, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 2" long, glossy, dark green.  Compact, mounding growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Hino-crimson'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Hino-crimson'

Flower strong red, darker in throat, openly funnel-shaped, slightly wavy edges, 1⅛" across.  Lax, ball-shaped truss has 6 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, cupped under at the edges, heavy textured, about 1" long, glossy, mid green.  Turns bronze to red in cold weather.  Plant grows upright, spreading in tiers.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Vermeulen.

 
R. 'Nifty Fifty'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Nifty Fifty'

Flower vivid yellow with vivid orange-yellow throat, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 4" across.  Held in ball-shaped truss with 13 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat, 2" to 3" long, slightly bullate, slightly hairy below, deciduous.  Upright spreading habit.  Grows to a height of about 3 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Arneson.

Photos (top to bottom) by Roland Kersten, courtesy of Weston Nurseries, Steve Henning, Harold Greer.

Prior Years Selections for North West USA Region

 

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