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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2017


North West USA Region

R. 'True Blue'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'True Blue'

Flower inside light purple, with dark purple dorsal lobe spotting and white stamens; outside vivid purple, funnel-campanulate, wavy-edged, 2" across.  Conical-shaped truss holds 21-25 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves ovate, broadly acute apex, rounded base, 6" long, glossy, moderate olive green.  Dense plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of about 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to 10F (-12C).  Hybridized by Bones.

 
R. 'Razorbill'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Razorbill'

Flower near pale purplish-pink, with variable darker pink overtones, tubular-shaped, about " across.  Held in conical-shaped trusses with 6-12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves ovate, " to 2" long, ciliate, dull, dark green.  Grows wider than tall.  Typical height of about 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Cox.  Received the Award of Merit and the First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society.

 
R. 'Schneeperle'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Schneeperle' (syn. 'Snow Pearl')

Flower white with strong/light yellow-green spotting on dorsal lobe, funnel-shaped, double, slightly wavy edged, 1⅜"-1" across.  Two buds at shoot tips.  A midseason bloomer.  Leaves ovate, rounded to acute apex, cuneate base, about 1" long, glossy, dark green.  Dense, semi-prostrate plant habit.  Grows to a height of about 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Hachmann.

 
R. 'Totally Awesome'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Totally Awesome’'

Flower brilliant and light yellow with vivid reddish-orange edges and vivid yellow dorsal blotch, reverse deep yellowish-pink, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 4" across.  Some flowers with petal-like stamens.  Dome-shaped truss with 7 flowers.  A midseason bloomer.  Leaves narrower than narrowly elliptic, acute apex, narrowly cuneate base, 2" to 3" long, concave, glossy, dark yellowish-green.  Upright, well-branched plant.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Bunnell.

Photos (top to bottom) by Harold Greer, Kenneth Cox, Tijs Huisman, Don Wallace.

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