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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2024


South East USA Region

R. 'Parker's Pink'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Parker's Pink'

Flower purplish-red fading to white in throat with red spots that are dense in throat thinning out to two rays of spots, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobed, 3" across, fragrant.  Truss holds about 12 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, 6" to 8" long, yellow-green, retained 2 years.  Grows to a height of approximately 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

 
R. 'Blue Ridge'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Blue Ridge'

Flower vivid violet fading to pale violet in throat, outside darker, widely funnel-shaped, 1⅞" across, even rounded lobes, slightly fragrant.  Dome-shaped truss has 4-5 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute with apiculus apex, cuneate base, tips down-turned, 1" long, grayish moderate olive green, retained 2 years.  Semi-dwarf, rounded plant habit.  Grows to about 2 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Haag.

 
R. 'Pink Ruffles'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Pink Ruffles'

Flower strong purplish pink, funnel-shaped, ruffled edges, 2" across, semi-double and hose-in-hose.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, about 1" long, initially light green darkening with age.  Grows approximately to 4 ft. tall in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Bobbink & Atkins.

 
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 about 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): Boris Bauer, Harold Greer, Joe Coleman, Kenneth Cox.

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