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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2017

South West USA Region

R. 'Anah Kruschke'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Anah Kruschke'

Flower strong reddish purple with a deep purplish red blotch, 3" across, widely funnel-shaped.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of 10-12 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 4" long, glossy, yellow-green, retained 3 years.  Rounded habit.  Heat & sun tolerant.  Typical height: 5 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Kruschke.

R. 'Patricia Marie'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Patricia Marie'

Flower light yellow becoming white, with a pale yellow blotch inside and a purplish red line running from base of tube to tip of each lobe, tubular-campanulate, fragrant, 4" long.  Held in flat trusses of 5-6 flowers.  Blooms early.  Leaves oblong, down curved margins, acuminate apex, cuneate base, 5" long, prominent veins, greenish-yellow, dark brown scales on bottoms.  Leaves retained 2 years.  Open, upright habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to 20F (-7C).  Hybridized by Granston.

R. 'Nuccio's Happy Days'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Nuccio's Happy Days'

Flower light purple, unmarked, funnel-shaped, double, hose-in-hose, 2" across.  Inflorescence 2 flowered.  Blooms early midseason.  Long blooming period.  Leaves obovate, broadly acute to obtuse apex, cuneate base, about 1" long, dark green.  Broad, rounded plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 15F (-9C).  Hybridized by Nuccio's Nurseries.

R. 'Cannon's Double'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Cannon's Double'

Flower pale yellow with deep pink veins and outer petals, reverse pink, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy edges, double, 2" across, slightly fragrant.  Dome-shaped truss has 7 - 8 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves narrowly obovate to oblanceolate, flat, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 4" long, deciduous, matte green, bullate.  Open growth habit.  Grows to a height of 6 - 7 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Cannon.

Photos (top to bottom) by Roland Kersten, Don Wallace, Nuccio's Nursery, Tijs Huisman.

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