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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2012

South Central USA Region

R. 'Solidarity'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Solidarity'

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 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Schannen.

R. 'Floda'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Floda'

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.

R. 'Carrie Amanda'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Carrie Amanda'

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 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Schroeder.

R. 'White Find'

Deciduous Azalea: 'White Find'

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 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  R. vaseyi selection.  Found in the mountains of North Carolina by Harmon.

Photos (top to bottom) by Henk Borsje, Sally and John Perkins, Sally and John Perkins, Harold Greer.

Prior Years Selections for South Central USA Region










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