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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2020


North West USA and Canada Region

R. 'Viennese Waltz'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Viennese Waltz'

Flower light red at edges shading darker in throat with orange-brown spots in dorsal lobe on orange background, funnel-shaped, 2" to 3" across, fragrant.  Densely packed in large conical trusses of up to 34 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate to rounded base, 4" to 5" long, dark green, retained 2 years.  Upright, open habit.  Grows to a height of 5 ft. or more in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Lofthouse.

 
R. 'Vibrant Violet'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Vibrant Violet'

Flower vivid violet with brownish-orange anthers, widely funnel-shaped, 2" across, wavy to frilly lobes.  Held in terminal clusters composed of 4-5 trusses each with 5-6 flowers.  Blooms early.  Leaves near elliptic to wider than lanceolate, concave, acute, cuneate, about 1" long, dull, dark yellowish-green, retained 2 years.  Round, well-branched shrub.  Grows to a height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Fujioka.

 
R. 'Pearl Bradford'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Pearl Bradford'

Flower light purplish pink, with distinct, vivid purplish red spots, funnel-shaped, single, 3" across.  Truss has 1 or 2 flowers.  Blooms late.  Leaves elliptic, mid green.  Broad and spreading plant habit.  Prefers some afternoon shade.  Grows to a typical height of about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Morrison.

 
R. 'Fragrant Star'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Fragrant Star'

Flower pale yellow in bud opens pale yellow inside, yellowish white outside, unmarked, tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 1" across, very strongly scented..  Blooms midseason.  Leaves obovate, obtuse at apex, cuneate at base, 2" long, bluish-green, deciduous.  Upright plant habit.  Height: 4 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Briggs Nursery.

Photos (top to bottom) by Steve Henning, Don Kohlenberger, Harold Greer, Harold Greer.

Prior Years Selections for North West USA Region

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