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2012 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Northwestern USA

 

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Lem's Monarch'
R. 'Anna' x R. 'Marinus Koster'

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 yrs.  Plant and bud hardy to -5 F (-21C).  Hybridized by Lem.

R. 'Lem's Monarch'

  Photo by Roland Kersten


R. 'Blue Baron'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Blue Baron'
R. 'Gletschernacht' x R. 'Waltham'

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 yrs.  Cold hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photo provided by Weston Nurseries  


Evergreen Azalea: 'Hino-crimson'
R. 'Amoenum' x R. 'Hinodegiri'

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 yrs.  Cold hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Vermeulen.

R. 'Hino-crimson'

  Photo by Steve Henning


R. 'Nifty Fifty'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Nifty Fifty'
unknown x (R. 'Knap Hill Yellow' x R. 'Klondyke')

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 -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Arneson.

Photo by Harold Greer   


Prior Year ROY Selections for Northwestern USA
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