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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2018


South East USA Region

R. 'Charles Loomis'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Charles Loomis'

Flower pink in bud, opening white inside and outside, unmarked, openly funnel-shaped with wavy-edged lobes, about 2" across.  Ball-shaped truss has 10 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves oblong, obtuse apex, rounded base, down-curved margins, 5" long, dark green, retained 3 years.  Round plant habit.  Grows to a height of about 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Introduced by Abbey View Farm.

 
R. 'Abby's Re-View'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Abbey's Re-View'

Flower pinkish lavender with darker blotch, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, about 1" across, fragrant.  Flower similar to the cultivar P.J.M., with the added advantage of being very heat resistant.  Blooms twice a year: early season and again late.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, glossy, dark green.  Pest and disease resistant.  Dense plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6-8 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to -15F (-26C).  Selected by Flotta.

 
R. 'Autumn Embers'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Autumn Embers'

Flower vivid red, with strong red spotting, openly funnel-shaped, semi-double, wavy-edged, 2"-2" across.  Domed truss has 1-3 buds with 2-3 flowers per bud.  Blooms early and again late season.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, about 2" long, dull, moderate olive green.  Dense plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Lee.

 
R. cumberlandense

Deciduous Azalea: R. cumberlandense

Flower orange to red, sometimes yellow, funnel-shaped, fragrant.  Inflorescence 3-7 flowered.  Blooms late to very late.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 3" long, deciduous.  Shrub grows to 4 ft. or more in 10 years.   Hardy to at least -15F (-26C).  Native species found growing in eastern North America from Kentucky to Georgia.

Photos (top to bottom): courtesy of RareFind Nursery, courtesy of Park Seed, courtesy of Encore Azalea Nursery, Sally and John Perkins.

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