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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2013


North West USA Region

R. 'Windsong'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Windsong'

Flower light greenish yellow, with dark red nectarines, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edged lobes, 3" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 17 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, 4" long, flat, glossy, moderate olive green, retained 2 years.  Open growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant and bud hardy to 0 F (-18C).  Hybridized by Barlup.

 
R. 'Razorbill'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Razorbill'

Flower near pale purplish-pink, with variable darker pink overtones, tubular-shaped, about " across.  Held in conical-shaped trusses with 6-12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves ovate dark green, " to 2" long, dull, dark green, ciliate, scaly underneath.  Vigorous plant, grows wider than tall.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 0 F (-18 C).  Hybridized by Cox.

 
R. 'Purple Splendor'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Purple Splendor'

Flower hose-in-hose, vivid reddish-purple with darker blotch, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across, frilly edges.  A midseason bloomer.  Leaves elliptic, textured, about 1" long, mid green.  Has a spreading growth habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15 F (-26 C).  Hybridized by Gable.

 
R. 'White Lights'

Deciduous Azalea: 'White Lights'

Flower white, reverse of tube light purplish-pink.  No markings.  Held in dome-shaped truss with 5 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 2⅜" long, flat, both surfaces hairy, moderate yellow-green, deciduous.  Rounded, well-branched habit.  Grows to a height of about 5 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -35 F (-37 C).  Hybridized by Pellett.

Photos (top to bottom) by Loyd Newcomb, Kenneth Cox, Hank Helm, Sally and John Perkins.

Prior Years Selections for North West USA Region

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