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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2018

North East USA Region

R. brachycarpum ssp. brachycarpum

Elepidote Rhododendron: R. brachycarpum ssp. brachycarpum

Flower white to pink, spotted brown to green, broadly funnel-shaped, about 1" long.  Blooms late.  Leaves oblong to obovate, up to 6" long, thin, compacted grayish to fawn indumentum.  Compact growing shrub with a round habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Native to Japan and Korea.

R. mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'

Lepidote Rhododendron: mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'

Flower pink with faint orange dorsal spots, broadly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Inflorescence 2-3 flowered.  Blooms very early.  Leaf is lanceolate, 2" to 2" long, dark green, deciduous.  Open, twiggy growth habit.  Typical height: 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Raised by Skinner.

R. 'Texas Pink'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Texas Pink'

Flower deep purplish pink, unmarked, funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Flat truss has 5 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 0.8" long, glossy, mid green.  Leaves turn bronze in cold weather.  Dense plant habit.  Low growing to only 1 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. viscosum

Deciduous Azalea: R. viscosum

Flower white, occasionally tinged pink, funnel-shaped with long slender tube, fragrant.  Truss holds 3-12 flowers.  Blooms very late.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 3" long, deciduous.  Variable plant habit, sometimes a stoloniferous shrub.  Plant grows to about 5 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -20F (-29C).  Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit - 1993.  Native species: New England to Florida to southeast Texas.

Photos (top to bottom) by Courtesy of Rhododendron Species Foundation , Harold Greer, Bob Stelloh, Hank Helm.

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