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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2015


Mid-Atlantic USA Region

R. 'John C. White'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'John C White'

Flower has " strong purplish pink edging blending through purplish pink and pale purplish pink to light orange and strong yellowish pink in throat, reverse deep purplish pink.  Dome-shaped truss has 12-13 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, acute to slightly apiculate apex, cuneate base, 6" long, glabrous, olive green.  Plant upright, broad, well-branched.  Height: 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Ring.

 
R. 'Southland'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Southland'

Flower light yellowish-pink with brown speckles in throat, openly campanulate, slightly fragrant, 1" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 10 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, retained 3 years.  Typical height: 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Kehr.

 
R. 'Ashley Ruth'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Ashley Ruth'

Flower white with a broad border of deep purplish pink.  Some petaloid stamens.  Truss holds 2-3 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, 1" long, glossy, moderate yellow green, hairless.  Intermediate plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft in 10 yrs.  Hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Stewart.

 
R. 'Homebush'

Deciduous Azalea: 'My Mary'

Flower brilliant yellow with orange tube, no markings, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across, fragrant.  Conical trusses hold up to 25 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves near narrowly obovate to elliptic, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1" long, deciduous.  Attractive, compact habit.  Grows to 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Insect and disease resistant.  Plant is hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Beasley.

Photos (top to bottom) by Don Hyatt, Boris Bauer, Tijs Huisman, David C. Royster.

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