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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2020

South West USA Region

R. 'Senator Henry Jackson'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Senator Henry Jackson'

Flower white, unmarked, openly-funnel-shaped, held in ball-shaped trusses with 8-10 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic, or linear lanceolate, edges recurved, 5" to 6" long. dark green, sparse white-colored indumentum.  Mounding plant habit.  Typical height: 3 feet in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Larson.

R. 'Saffron Queen'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Saffron Queen'

Flower vivid yellow with darker spotting on dorsal lobes, funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in lax trusses with 8 - 9 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves lanceolate to oblanceolate, up to 3" long, glossy green.  Upright, open growth habit.  Prefers some sun.  Grows to a height of about 4 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to 20F (-7C).  Hybridized by Waterer.

R. 'Vuyk's Scarlet'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Vuyk's Scarlet'

Flower deep red with darker spots towards base of throat, funnel-shaped, frilly-edges, 2" across.  Inflorescence 1 or 2 flowered.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves 1" long, glossy, dark green, turn dark red in autumn.  Compact, spreading habit.  Typical height is 2 feet after 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Van Nes.  Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

R. 'Jock Brydon'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Jock Brydon'

Flower white suffused pink, center petal speckled strong orange, tubular, wavy and ruffled edges, 2" across, fragrant.  Ball-shaped truss holds 12 to 16 flowers.  Blooms late midseason to late.  Leaves elliptic, 3" long, olive green.  Upright, dense plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 7 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Clausen.  Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2012.

Photos (top to bottom) by Don Smart, Steve Henning, Steve Henning, courtesy of Fredo Schroder Nursery.

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