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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2022


North West USA and Canada Region

R. 'Chemainus'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Chemainus'

Flower opens inside deep purplish pink with deep red spots on upper lobe becoming solid near throat; outside deep pink, color fades with age, funnel-campanulate, wavy-edges, 3" across.  Dome-shaped truss holds 18 flowers.  Blooms early season.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, 6" long, glossy, dark bluish green, retained 3 years.  Orange bronze indumentum on underside of leaves and slight silvery tomentum above.  Dense growth habit,  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is hardy to at least 10F (-12C), buds to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Fujioka.

 
R. 'Wren'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Wren'

Flower pale yellow, unmarked, openly funnel-shaped.  When in bloom flowers almost completely cover the plant.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, about " long, leathery, recurved, glossy, dark green.  Bronze colored in winter.  Prostrate, mounding plant habit.  Height: slow-growing, typically 2 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Earned the RHS Award of Merit in 2013.  Hybridized by Cox.

 
R. 'Frosted Orange'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Frosted Orange'

Flower white with strong reddish orange edges, funnel-shaped, single, 3" across.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves narrowly ovate, leathery, dark green.  Mounding plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Harris.

 
R. 'Chetco'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Chetco'

Flower vivid yellow with an vivid orange yellow blotch, reverse of tube strong reddish orange, 3" across, widely funnel-shaped.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, medium green, deciduous.  Upright plant habit.  Grows to a height of about 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Slonecker.

Photos (top to bottom) by Frank Fujioka, Ken Cox, Tijs Huisman, Tijs Huisman.

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