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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2006

North East USA Region

R. 'Ken Janeck'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Ken Janeck'

One of the best forms of R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum) with appealing foliage and richly-colored pink flowers.  Flowers are funnel-shaped, 2" across, held in trusses with 13 to 17 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate, re-curved, dark green with thick indumentum beneath.  Compact, mounding plant habit.  Grows twice as wide as high.  Height: about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Selection received an Award of Excellence (1969).  There is debate as to whether the plant is a variety of the species or is a hybrid containing R. smirnowii or another species.  Selected by Janeck.

R. 'Manitou'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Manitou'

Flower opens near white rapidly changing to pale purplish pink with a purplish pink throat and small red spots on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of up to 35 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat, semi-glossy, olive green above, brown scales below.  Mounding plant habit.  Height: typically 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

R. 'Red Red'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Red Red'

Flower strong red, unmarked, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Inflorescence 3 to 4 flowered.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic to broadly elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, 1" long, glossy, grayish olive green, turning reddish yellow in winter.  Upright, broad plant habit.  Low growing to approximately 2 ft. high in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Shammarello.

R. 'Gibraltar'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Gibraltar'

Flower vivid orange, flushed red orange, deep crimson in bud, tubular funnel-shaped, frilly edges, 2⅜" to 3" across.  Ball-shaped truss hold 10-12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, deep green, deciduous.  Mildew resistant.  Upright growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Edmund de Rothschild.

Photos (top to bottom) by Eleanor Philp, Sally and John Perkins, Harold Greer, Harold Greer.

Prior Years Selections for North East USA Region















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