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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2014

South East USA Region

R. 'Grace Seabrook'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Grace Seabrook'

Flower currant red at margins shading to blood red at center, funnel-shaped, wavy-edged, 3" across.  Held in tight, ball-shaped truss of about 12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves are large, pointed, very thick, dark green with sparse indumentum.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Seabrook.

R. PJM Group

Lepidote Rhododendron: PJM Group

Flower lilac purple to light violet, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1" across.  Several clones are known as well as a number of forms.  Ball-shaped truss holds 5-12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat to convex, obtuse apex, cuneate base, 1" to 2" long, glossy green, rust-colored scaly indumentum.  Upright, dense growth habit.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Heat and sun tolerant.  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'George Lindley Taber'

Evergreen Azalea: 'George Lindley Taber'

Flower white flushed moderate purplish-pink, lighter at margins with a darker blotch and moderate purplish-red spots, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, 1" long, light green.  Upright, spreading habit.  Reaches 4-6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -5 F (-21 C).  Selected by Hume.  Named by G. Tabor, Jr.

R. prunifolium

Deciduous Azalea: R. prunifolium

Flower usually orange-red to vivid red, occasionally light orange, funnel-shaped, 1" to 2" across.  Truss holds 4-7 flowers.  Blooms very late.  Leaves elliptic to obovate, up to 6" long, medium green, deciduous. Upright, spreading, open growth habit.  Height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -10F (-26C).  Native species that grows in the wild in Georgia and Alabama.

Photos (top to bottom) by Garth Wedemire, Chris Klapwijk, Monrovia Nursery, Boris Bauer.

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