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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2019


South East USA Region

R. 'Cynthia'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Cynthia'

Flower rose-pink with deeper red staining on the upper lobe, funnel-shaped, wavy edes, 3⅛" across.  Held in conical trusses of about 24 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves oblong, about 6" long, mid green.  Dome-shaped habit.  Sun and heat tolerant.  Grows to a height of 6 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Standish & Noble.  Award of Garden Merit from Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

 
R. minus var. chapmanii

Lepidote Rhododendron: minus var. chapmanii

Flower pink to purplish pink, sometimes spotted green, funnel-shaped.  Truss composed of 4-12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason to midseason.  Leaves oval to oblong-oval, up to 4" long, apex rounded.  Plant habit varies from compact to rather straggly, branches are erect and rigid.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to -5F (-21C).  Native species found in the wild in Florida.

 
R. 'Koromo Shikibu'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Koromo Shikibu'

Flower light purplish pink, with darker tips and spots at base, single, 2" across, narrow, deeply divided, strap-like lobes, " wide and 1" long.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, 1"-1" long, light green.  Upright, open plant habit.  Grows to a height of 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridizer is unknown.

 
R. canescens

Deciduous Azalea: R. canescens

Flower pale to deep pink, rarely white, tube often deeper colored than the lobes, fragrant, tubular funnel-shaped.  Truss has 6-19 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, up to 3" long, deciduous.  Shrub grows to 5 ft. or more in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Native species found growing in eastern North America in the coastal plain of North Carolina to Florida and west to Texas.

Photos (top to bottom): Kenneth Cox, Boris Bauer, Boris Bauer, Hank Helm.

Prior Years Selections for South East USA Region

 

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