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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2017

Mid-Atlantic USA Region

R. 'Gilbert Myers'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Gilbert Myers'

Flower white with distinct purple margins inside and out, and with a yellowish green dorsal blotch, broadly funnel-shaped, frilly-edged lobes, about 3" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 11 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic, flat, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 7" long, semi-glossy, dark green, retained 2 years.  Dense growth habit.  Height: 5 ft. in 10 yrs. Plant is bud hardy to -10F (-23C).  Open-pollinated plant was selected by Myers.

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. 'Ben Morrison'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Ben Morrison'

Flower deep yellowish-pink with red spotting and irregular white margins, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, discrete, colorless hairs above and below on midribs and at margins.  Spreading, dense habit.  Grows 2x wide as tall.  Grows to a typical height of about 2 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Morrison.

R. canescens

Deciduous Azalea: R. canescens

Flower pale to deep pink, rarely white, tube often deeper colored than the lobes, tubular funnel-shaped, fragrant.  Inflorescence 6-19 flowered.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 3" long, deciduous.  Grows to 5 ft. tall in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Native species found in the eastern United States coastal plains from Carolina to Florida.

Photos (top to bottom) by Don Hyatt, Stuart Imrie, Boris Bauer, Hank Helm.

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