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2012 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for South Central USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Solidarity'
R. 'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague' x R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum

Flower purplish-red at edge shading to light purplish-pink in throat with purplish-red spots on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-shaped with wavy edges, 3" across.  Held in dome-shaped trusses with 12-13 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat, 5" long, leathery, dull green with sparse light tan indumentum, retained 3-4 years.  Plant dense, well-shaped.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -15 F (-26C).  Hybridized by Schannen.

R. 'Solidarity'

 Photo by Henk Borsje

R. 'Floda'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Floda'
R. keiskei x R. mucronulatum, pink form

Flower purplish-pink edged lighter, fading to white with pink stripes and with a light orange-yellow blotch, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across. Flattened, ball-shaped truss holds 3 to 8 flowers.  Blooms very early.  Leaves elliptic, flat, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, retained 1 year.  Spreading plant habit.  Autumn foliage red.  Reaches a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Waldman.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins 

Evergreen Azalea: 'Carrie Amanda'
R. 'Elsie Lee' x R. 'Marion Lee'

Flower strong purplish-pink edged with white throat and dark rose spotting on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across. Blooms early midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic to narrowly obovate, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1" long, dull, dark green, upper and lower surfaces hairy, retained 2 years.  Broad, rounded, well-branched habit.  Grows to height of 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Schroeder.

R. 'Carrie Amanda'

 Photo by Sally and John Perkins

R. 'White Find'

Deciduous Azalea: R. 'White Find'
R. vaseyi selection

Flower clear white with dorsal lobes mottled greenish yellow, funnel-shaped to rotate-campanulate, about 1" across, fragrant.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, up to 5" long, margins often undulate, deciduous. Upright, spreading plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Found in the wild in the mountains of North Carolina by Harmon.

Photo by Harold Greer  

Prior Year ROY Selections for South Central USA
2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   2006   2005   2004

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