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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2021


Great Lakes USA Region

R. 'Yaku Prince'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Yaku Prince'

Flower opens purplish-pink and ages to a lighter pink, with a pale purplish-pink blotch and dark reddish-orange spots, tubular-funnel shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 14 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves narrowly elliptic to elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 5" long, olive-green, with moderately heavy dark orange-yellow indumentum, leaves retained 3 years.  Upright, rounded, well-branched growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Shammarello.

   
R. mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'

Lepidote Rhododendron: mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'

Flower pink with faint orange dorsal spots, broadly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Inflorescence 2-3 flowered.  Blooms very early.  Leaf is lanceolate, 2" to 2" long, dark green, deciduous.  Open, twiggy growth habit.  Typical height: 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Raised by Skinner.

 
R. 'Pleasant White'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Pleasant White'

Flower white flushed pale cream on upper lobe, with no markings, openly funnel-shaped, single, 2" across.  Inflorescence 3-flowered.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves narrowly obovate, obtuse apex, cuneate base, 1" to 1" long, glossy, dark yellowish-green, held for 3 years.  Broad, well-branched plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Girard.

 
R. Weston's Lemon Drop

Deciduous Azalea: 'Weston's Lemon Drop'

Flower pale yellow that fades with age, tubular funnel-shaped, 1" across, fragrant.  Held in dome-shaped truss of 9 flowers.  Blooms very late.  Leaves obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 2" long, up curved margins, semi glossy, bluish-green, red in the fall.  Mildew resistant.  Open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a rounded form.  Plant grows to about 7 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -35F (-37C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

Photos (top to bottom) by Don Kohlenberger, Harold Greer, Joe Coleman, Courtesy of Weston Nursery.

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