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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2018

Mid-Atlantic USA Region

R. 'Arthur Bedford'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Arthur Bedford'

Flower pale mauve tube, darker lobes with a brownish-red blotch, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across, fragrant.  Held in dome-shaped trusses of 11 to 16 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves oblong-elliptic, thick, up to 6" long, glossy, dark green with reddish-purple stems, retained 1 year.  Open, upright plant habit.  Sun tolerant.  Height: 6 ft. in 10 yrs. Plant is hardy to -5F (-21C).  Selected by Lowinsky.  Received the Award of Merit and the First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society.

R. '24 Karat'

Lepidote Rhododendron: '24 Karat'

Flower inside and outside pale greenish yellow with deep greenish yellow spots and throat below dorsal lobe, funnel-shaped, 1" across, minutely frilly margins.  Flat truss has 8-10 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, 2" long, slightly convex, depressed midrib, moderate yellow green, retained 2 years.  Grows to a typical height of 1 - 1 ft. in 10 years.  Intermediate plant habit.  Plant and bud hardy to at least 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Haag.

R. 'Dreamsicle'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Dreamsicle'

Flower strong pink inside and out, the interior with a white dorsal blotch and white markings at tips of all lobes, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy-edges, 2" across.  Inflorescence holds 2 to 4 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, cuneate base, acute apex, flat, 1" long, semi-glossy, strong yellow green.  Intermediate plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of about 2 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to at least 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by McDonald.

R. arborescens

Deciduous Azalea: R. arborescens

Flower white, often tinged pink, may have a yellow blotch, with reddish-purple style and stamens, tubular shaped, fragrant.  Inflorescence 3-7 flowered.  Blooms late to very late.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 4" long, glossy, deciduous.  Tall shrub or small tree.  Grows to 6 ft. tall in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Native species found in the eastern United States from Pennsylvania to Georgia and westward to Alabama.

Photos (top to bottom) by Boris Bauer, Don Hyatt, Sandra McDonald, Kenneth Cox.

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