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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2018


North West USA Region

R. hodgsonii

Elepidote Rhododendron: R. hodgsonii

Flower pink, purple or red, sometimes blotched, tubular-campanulate, 1⅛"-1⅔" across.  Ball-shaped truss has 15-25 flowers.  Blooms early to early midseason.  Leaves thick, obovate, oblanceolate or elliptic, prominent midrib, up to 15" long, silver to cinnamon-colored indumentum.  Large shrub to small tree, 5-10 feet high in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Species found growing in the wild in Nepal, India (Sikkim, Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh), Bhutan, and China (S. Tibet).

 
R. 'Mary Fleming'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Mary Fleming'

Flower cream colored, flushed strong to light purplish pink, with a darker pink blotch in throat, campanulate-shaped, wavy edges, about 1" across.  Buds hold 2 or 3 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves approximately 2" long, dull, dark green.  Leaves are bronze when new and in the winter.  Plant is sun and heat tolerant.  Typical height: 2 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Nearing.

 
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 twice as wide as tall.  Grows to a typical height of about 2 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Morrison.

 
R. 'Rosy Lights'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Rosy Lights'

Flower deep purplish pink with vivid reddish orange spotting on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-campanulate, wavy dorsal lobe, 2⅜" across.  Dome-shaped truss with 8 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 2" long, flat, bullate, moderate yellowish green.  Upright, well-branched shrub.  Typical height: 4-5 ft. in 10 years.  Very cold hardy to -35F (-37C).  Hybridized by Pellett.

Photos (top to bottom) by Hans Eiberg, June Bouchard, Boris Bauer, Todd Boland.

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