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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2014


Great Lakes USA Region

R. 'Consolini's Windmill'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Consolini's Windmill'

Flower vivid purplish red with a longitudinal white band inside about 0.4" wide extending along each lobe and a speckled yellowish-green flare on the upper lobe, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 3" across, fragrant.  Ball-shaped truss holds 13 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 3" to 5" long, retained 2 years.  Upright, spreading habit.  Typical height: 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Consolini.

   
R. 'Karin Seleger'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Karin Seleger'

Flower purple, widely funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1" to 1" across.  Dome to ball-shaped trusses of 5-7 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic to ovate, apiculate apex, rounded base, " long, scaly above and below, retained 1 years.  Dense growth habit.  Typical height: 1 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Brueckner.

 
R. 'Herbert'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Herbert'

Flower vivid reddish purple with a darker blotch, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across, frilled edges, hose-in-hose.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, about 1" long, medium green.  Dense, spreading habit.  Grows to a height of about 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Gable.

 
R. schlippenbachii

Deciduous Azalea: R. schlippenbachii

Flower pale to deep pink, rarely white, broadly rotate-funnel shaped.  Inflorescence 3-6 flowered.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves broadly obovate, up to 4" long, in whorls at branch tips, deciduous.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to -20F (-29C).  Native species found in Korea, Northeast Manchuria and Eastern Russia.

Photos (top to bottom) by Stuart Imrie, Joe Brueckner, Sally and John Perkins, Pat Breen.

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