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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2016


South East USA Region

R. 'Anna Rose Whitney'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Anna Rose Whitney'

Flower deep rose pink spotted brown in throat, funnel-shaped, up to 4" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 12-21 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves of heavy texture, elliptic, acuminate apex, rounded base, up to 7" long, matte, olive green.  Vigorous, rapid growing shrub.  Grows to a height of about 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridizer by Whitney.

 
R. 'Blaney's Blue'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Blaney's Blue'

Flower inside light purple, outside strong violet, unmarked, funnel-shaped, wavy-edged lobes, 1" across.  Lax truss holds 3 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, 1" long, flat margins, glossy, dark yellowish green, changing to a bronze tone in winter.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Blaney.

 
R. 'Chinzan'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Chinzan'

Flower vivid pink with darker blotch, single, about 2" across, rounded lobes.  Flowers heavily over a long period.  Blooms late.  Leaves are elliptic, 1" long, glossy, dark green and covered with fine hairs.  Habit is dwarf, dense and spreading, making it exceptional for bonsai.  Grows to about 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridizer is unknown.

 
R. colemanii

Deciduous Azalea: R. colemanii

Flower white or pink, some with yellow blotch on upper lobe, tubular funnel-shaped, 1"-2" across.  Inflorescence a shortened raceme of 8-10 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves obovate occasionally oblong, broadly acute apex cuneate base, mucronate, sparse hairs, 1"-3⅛" long, dull or glossy green.  Shrub grows to 6-7 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to at least -5F (-21C).  Native species found in the eastern United States in southern Alabama and western Georgia

Photos (top to bottom) by Boris Bauer, Stuart Imrie, Joe Coleman, Ken Gohring.

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