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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2019

Great Lakes USA Region

R. 'Scintillation'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Scintillation'

Flower strong purplish-pink shaded lighter towards center, flared greenish-yellow markings in throat, outside deep purplish-pink, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 2" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 11-15 flowers.  Several forms exist of this hybrid.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves oblong, apiculate apex, rounded base, glossy, deep green, waxy texture.  Broad habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

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, mid green, rust-colored scaly indumentum, deep mahogany-purple in winter.  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. 'Caroline Gable'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Caroline Gable'

Flower purplish-pink with a darker blotch, single, 1" across, hose-in-hose.  Blooms midseason to late midseason.  Plant has an upright, spreading habit.  Leaves are elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, mid green.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Gable.

R. 'Crimson Tide'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Crimson Tide'

Flower strong red, outside of tube deep yellowish pink, 2" across, tubular funnel-shaped, frilly lobes and short, rather compact petaloid center.  Blooms midseason.  Held in dome-shaped truss with 20-40 flowers.  Leaves are elliptic, flat, and ciliate, turn bright yellow to orange in fall.  Upright plant habit.  Mildew resistant.  Vigorous grower.  Typical height: 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Girard.

Photos (top to bottom) by Boris Bauer, Chris Klapwijk, Stuart Imrie, Tijs Huisman.

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