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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2017

South East USA Region

R. degronianum ssp. heptamerum

Elepidote Rhododendron: R. degronianum ssp. heptamerum

Flower white to pink, occasionally striped deeper pink, funnel-campanulate, with 5 to 9 lobes.  Truss has 6-15 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, up to 5" long, thin to velvety indumentum.  Compact and rounded plant habit.  Grows to a height of about 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Species found in the wild in southern Japan.

R. 'Balta'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Balta'

Flower opens yellowish-white to very pale purple and ages to white.  Held in dome-shaped truss of about 9 flowers.  Blooms early.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, down curved edges, semi-glossy, dark green, retained 1 year.  Upright, dense plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to at least -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Girard's Fuchsia'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Girard's Fuchsia'

Flower moderate to deep purplish-red with moderate purplish-red spots, reverse deep purplish-pink, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" to 3" across.  Inflorescence 3 flowered.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves narrowly obovate to elliptic, apiculate apex, narrowly cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, moderate yellowish olive green.  Broad plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Girard.

R. weyrichii

Deciduous Azalea: R. weyrichii

Flower salmon pink to brick red, spotted darker, openly funnel-campanulate, 1"-2" across.  Inflorescence 2-4 flowered.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves broadly rhombic, up to 3" long, borne in threes at tips of branches, deciduous.  Shrub grows to 5 ft. or more in 10 years.  Hardy to at least -10F (-23C).  Native species found in the wild in Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu in Japan and Cheju Island in Korea.

Photos (top to bottom) by Hank Helm, G. D. Lewis, Joe Coleman, Boris Bauer.

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