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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2019


North East USA and Canada Region

R. 'Nova Zembla'

Elepidote Rhododendron: R. 'Nova Zembla'

Flower bright red with black spots, openly funnel-shaped, 5" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses with 8-12 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, thick, olive green.  Upright plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Heat and sun tolerant.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Koster.

 
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. 'Stewartstonian'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Stewartstonian'

Flower moderate red with a slight flush of strong reddish orange along lower midribs in the throat, faint spotting of strong red on lower lobe, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Truss holds 2 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves elliptic, " long, glossy, green tinged red.  Leaves turn wine red in winter.  Dense, compact habit.  Grows to about 5 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Gable.

 
R. 'Weston's Lemon Drop'

Deciduous Azalea: R. 'Weston's Lemon Drop'

Flower pale yellow that fades with age, tubular funnel-shaped, 1" across, fragrant.  Held in dome-shaped truss of 9 flowers.  Blooms very late.  Leaves obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 2" long, up curved margins, semi glossy, bluish-green, red in the fall.  Mildew resistant.  Open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a rounded form.  Plant grows to about 7 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -35F (-37C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photos (top to bottom) by Linda Derkach, Chris Klapwijk, Harold Greer, Courtesy of Weston Nursery.

Prior Years Selections for North East USA Region

 

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