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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2021

North East USA and Canada Region

R. 'Ingrid Mehlquist'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Ingrid Mehlquist'

Flower pale pink, maturing to pure white, with burgundy blotch, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" across, slightly fragrant.  Ball-shaped truss has 20-22 flowers.  A late midseason bloomer.  Leaves elliptic to slightly obovate, flat, about 2" long, glossy, dark green above, pale tan aging to rusty brown indumentum.  Hairy petioles.  Dense, spreading habit. Grows to a typical height of 2 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Mehlquist.

R. 'Olga Mezitt'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Olga Mezitt'

Flower light purplish pink with inconspicuous gold green blotch that ages to reddish brown, openly to tubular funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, 1" across.  Dome-shaped trusses hold about 12 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves lanceolate shaped with acute apex and cuneate base, convex, 2" long, yellow-green.  Leaves turn mahogany color in winter.  Upright growth habit.  Reaches an approximate height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Pink Discovery'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Pink Discovery'

Flower moderate purplish pink with a darker pink, speckled, dorsal blotch, broadly funnel-shaped, wavy-edged, 2" across.  Truss holds 4 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves elliptic, cuneate to rounded base, obtuse apex, flat, 2" long, glossy green.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -15F (-26C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

R. 'Framingham'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Framingham'

Flower moderate yellowish pink inside with a brilliant orange yellow dorsal flare, outside strong pink, narrowly tubular-funnel shaped, 1" across, frilly-edges, fragrant.  Dome-shaped truss holds 8 flowers.  Blooms late.  Leaves obovate to oblong, down-curved edges, cuneate base, broadly acute apex, 2" long, semi-glossy, dark green, deciduous.  Grows to a height of about 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridizer is unknown.

Photos (top to bottom) by Sally and John Perkins, Sally and John Perkins, Weston Nurseries, Fredo Schroder Nursery.

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