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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2015


North West USA Region

R. 'Taurus'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Taurus'

Flower vivid and strong red with darker throat and black spots on dorsal lobe, campanulate, 3" across.  Large ball-shaped truss holds about about 16 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Deep red winter buds.  Leaves elliptic with acute apex and rounded base, about 7" long, dark green, retained 3 years.  Afternoon sun protection is preferred.  Grows to a typical height of about 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Mossman.  RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993.

 
R. PJM Group

Lepidote Rhododendron: PJM Group

Flower lilac purple to light violet, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1" across.  Several clones are known as well as a number of forms.  Ball-shaped truss holds 5-12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat to convex, obtuse apex, cuneate base, 1" to 2" long, glossy green, rust colored scaly indumentum, deep mahogany-purple in winter.  Upright, dense growth habit.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Heat and sun tolerant.  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Everest'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Everest'

Flower white with a pale greenish-yellow blotch.  Inflorescence 3-4 flowered.  A late midseason bloomer.  Leaves elliptic, 1" long, dull, mid green.  Compact, spreading habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Morrison.

 
R. 'Strawberry Ice'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Strawberry Ice'

Flower pale pink, heavily veined and netted deeper pink, with a deep orange-yellow blotch, funnel-shaped, slightly wavy edges, 2" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 7-15 flowers.  Blooms midseason to late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 3" to 4" long, medium green, hair on upper surface.  Broadly upright, somewhat open habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -25 F (-32C).  Hybridized by de Rothschild.  Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1962.

Photos (top to bottom) by Doug Irish-Hosler, Chris Klapwijk, courtesy of U.S. National Arboretum, Chris Klapwijk.

Prior Years Selections for North West USA Region

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