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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2013


Great Lakes USA Region

R. 'Phyllis Korn'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Phyllis Korn'

Flower white with small red dorsal blotch which fades to light greenish-yellow with age, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 4" across.  Held in trusses of 12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic to near ovate, 6" long, glossy, dark green, retained 2 years.  Upright, sturdy, well-branched shrub.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Korn.

   
R. 'Molly Fordham'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Molly Fordham'

Flower white inside with brilliant greenish-yellow spots; outside white with slight streaking, saucer-shaped, 1⅜" across. Held in flat trusses of 7 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat, broadly acute apex, cuneate to rounded base, " to 1" long, semi-glossy, moderate olive green. Upright, broad plant habit.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Elsie Lee'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Elsie Lee'

Flower semi-double, light reddish purple, widely funnel-shaped, 2" - 2" across. Inflorescence 2 to 3 flowered.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, 1" long, glossy, moderate yellow-green, held for 2 years.  Mature leaves yellowish-brown. Upright, broad habit.  Grows to about 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Shammarello.

 
R. vaseyi

Deciduous Azalea: R. vaseyi

Flower pale to deep pink, occasionally white, green throat with reddish-orange spotting.  Inflorescence 5-8 flowered.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, tapering at each end, up to 5" long, margins often undulate, deciduous.  Upright, spreading plant habit.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Native species found growing wild in North Carolina.

Photos (top to bottom) by Kenneth Cox, Sally and John Perkins, Henk Borsje, Boris Bauer.

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