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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2017

South Central USA Region

R. 'Cynosure'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Cynosure'

Flower purplish pink at margins, shading to a very pale purple center with an orange speckled flare, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 3" to 3" across, slightly fragrant.  Held in dome-shaped truss of 10 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 5" to 6" long, slightly convex, retained 2-3 years.  Dense, spreading shrub.  Typical height: 3 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Shapiro.

R. 'Shorty'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Shorty'

Flower white with pink mottling at edges both inside and on reverse, tubular funnel-shaped to widely funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, ¾"-1" across.  Flowers fade to light pink or white.  Held in terminal clusters of multiple buds each with 3 - 5 flowers.  A midseason bloomer.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, dark matte green, retained 2 - 3 years.  Some reddening of leaves in winter.  Compact, very dense growth habit.  Grows to an approximate height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Delp.

R. 'Fashion'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Fashion'

Flower deep pink with a purplish-red blotch, single, 2" across, hose-in-hose, dark red anthers.  Inflorescence 2-4 flowered.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, about " long, acute apex, cuneate base.  Upright habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Raised to first flower by Morrison.

R. 'Golden Oriole'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Golden Oriole'

Flower brilliant yellow with a deep orange blotch, single, funnel-shaped, 2⅓" across.  Ball-shaped truss hold 8-15 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic to obovate, acute apex, cuneate base, mid green, bronze-colored when young and in fall, deciduous.  Upright growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 8 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Raised by the Waterers at Knap Hill, Surrey, England.

Photos (top to bottom) by Richard Gustafson, Ron Knight, Joe Coleman, Odo Tschetsch courtesy of Deutsche Genbank Rhododendron.

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