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2012 Rhododendron of the Year Awards
Plants suitable for Southeastern USA


Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Nestucca'
R. fortunei ssp fortunei x R. degronianum ssp yakushimanum

Flower white with greenish-brown spotting in throat, openly funnel-shaped, frilly lobes, 5" across.  Dome-shaped truss holds 14 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, 4" long, glossy, dark green.  Compact plant with spreading habit.  Height: 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Tolerates heat and sun.  Flower bud hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by C. Smith.

R. 'Nestucca'


  Photo by T. Lawrence Mellichamp

R. minus var. minus

Lepidote Rhododendron: R. minus var. minus
Species rhododendron in subgenus Rhododendron section Rhododendron subsection Caroliniana

Flower pink to purplish pink or white, sometimes spotted green, funnel shaped with deep cut lobes. Truss holds 4 to 12 flowers. Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic to lanceolate, up to 4" long, apex acuminate.  Compact to rather straggly plant habit.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Native to Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama

Photo by Boris Bauer  

Evergreen Azalea: R. 'Coronado Red'
R. 'Chikyo-no-haru' x R. 'Surprise'

Flower deep red, unmarked, broadly funnel-shaped, 3" across. Truss has 2 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves obovate, broadly acute apex, rounded base, about 1" long, semi-glossy, yellow green, retained 2 years. Spreading plant habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -5F (-21 C).  Hybridized by Harris.

R. 'Coronado Red'

  Photo Joe Coleman

R. calendulaceum

Deciduous Azalea: R. calendulaceum
Species rhododendron in subgenus Pentanthera section Pentanthera subsection Pentanthera

Flower shades of orange, scarlet and yellow, funnel shaped. Sometimes slightly scented.  Truss has 5-9 flowers.  Blooms late midseason to late.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 3" long, deciduous.  Grows as an upright, spreading plant.   Reaches a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Insect and disease resistant.  Plant and bud hardy to -20F (-29C).  Found in the wild growing from Pennsylvania to northern Georgia.

Photo by Sally and John Perkins  

Prior Year ROY Selections for Southeastern USA
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