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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2019


South Central USA Region

R. 'Dexter's Peppermint'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Dexter's Peppermint'

Flower light purplish-pink with light yellow-green blotch in throat, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 3" across.  Very fragrant, smells like peppermint.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves oblong, apiculate apex, rounded base, 4" long, glossy, olive green, retained 2 years.  Upright, open plant habit.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Dexter.

 

Lepidote Rhododendron: no selection

 

 
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 typical height of 4 ft in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Hybridized by Gable.  Received the ARS Award of Merit and the First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society.

 
R. 'Northern Hi-lights'

Deciduous Azalea: R. 'Northern Hi-lights'

Flower pale yellow with vivid yellow blotch, aging to yellowish white, tubular funnel-shaped, 2⅜" across, fragrant.  Ball-shaped truss has 7-10 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves obovate, acute apex, cuneate base, 2" long, hairy, deciduous.  Dense, spreading growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in ten years.  Extremely cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by the University of Minnesota.

Photos (top to bottom) by Henk Borsje, Sally and John Perkins, Sally and John Perkins.

Prior Years Selections for South Central USA Region

 

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