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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2017


Great Lakes USA Region

R. 'Wyandanch Pink'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Wyandanch Pink'

Flower purplish-pink with deep pink spotting on upper lobe, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 3" across.  Upper lobe fades to white and spots age to greenish-yellow.  Dome-shaped truss has 10-14 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, convex, broadly acute apex, cuneate-oblique base, 7" long, olive green, retained 3 years.  Upright, spreading, dense habit.  Grows to a typical height of 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

   
R. 'Floda'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Floda'

Flower purplish-pink edged lighter, fading to white with pink stripes and with a light orange-yellow blotch, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Flattened, ball-shaped truss has 3 to 8 flowers.  Blooms very early.  Leaves elliptic, flat, acute apex, cuneate base, 1" long, glossy, retained 1 year.  Spreading plant habit.  Autumn foliage red-colored.  Reaches a height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Waldman.

 
R. 'Rosebud'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Rosebud'

Flower strong purplish-pink, flushed with slight veining of deep purplish pink, broadly funnel-shaped, double, hose-in hose, 1⅛" across.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, 1" to 1" long, glossy, mid green.  Spreading, dense habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -10F (-23C).  Received the ARS Award of Merit in 1972 and the First Class Certificate in 1975 from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Hybridized by Gable.

 
R. 'Old Gold'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Old Gold'

Flower pale orange buff flushed and overlaid with rose and with an orange blotch, opens widely "butterfly" shaped, 2⅛" to 2" across.  Round, compact trusses have 7-15 flowers.  Deciduous.  Open, broad, irregular habit.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -25 F (-32 C).  Raised and introduced by Edmund de Rothschild.

Photos (top to bottom) by Boris Bauer, Sally and John Perkins, Sally and John Perkins, Harold Greer.

Prior Years Selections for Great Lakes USA Region

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