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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2020

North East USA and Canada Region

R. 'Mist Maiden'

Elepidote Rhododendron: R. 'Mist Maiden'

Flower pale purplish pink aging to white with moderate yellow dorsal spotting and deep purple pink stripe, openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 14-17 flowers.  A midseason bloomer.  Leaves oblanceolate, acute apex, cuneate base, convex, 5" long, yellowish-green, retained 5 years.  New growth has grayish tan indumentum.  Grows broader than tall.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -20F (-29C).  Selected by Hanger.

R. 'April Rose'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'April Rose'

Flower purplish red, widely funnel-shaped, double, 1" to 2" across, slightly fragrant.  Terminal truss holds 3 to 4 flowers.  Blooms early.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat, 2" to 4" long, deep green, leaves turn reddish-bronze in fall.  Broad, upright habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Mehlquist.

R. eastmanii

Evergreen Azalea: R. eastmanii

Flower white, lobes pink tinged on newly opened flowers, yellow to orange blotch on upper lobe, funnel-shaped, 1"-2" across, glossy, mid green, strongly fragrant.  Truss has 5-9 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves ovate or obovate to elliptic, acute to obtuse apex, mucronate tip, cuneate base, 1" - 3" long.  Tall-growing non-stoloniferous shrub or small tree.  Native deciduous azalea recently discovered growing in South Carolina.

R. 'Pink Clusters'

Deciduous Azalea: R. 'Pink Clusters'

Flower strong purplish red, unmarked, funnel-shaped, wavy-edges 1.4" across.  Truss has 3 flowers.  Blooms midseason  Leaves ovate, cuneate base, obtuse apex, flat, 1" long, glossy, green.  Dense plant habit.  Grows to a height of about 2 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photos (top to bottom) by Sally and John Perkins, William Spohn, Mike Creel, Sally and John Perkins.

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