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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2021


North West USA and Canada Region

R. 'Belva's Joy'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Belva's Joy'

Flower red, unmarked, widely funnel-campanulate, wavy edges, 2" across.  Held in flat trusses with 15-20 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves oblanceolate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, 3" long, glossy, dark green above, felt-like indumentum below, colored white aging to tan, leaves retained 2 years.  Plant has an upright, dense growth habit.  Grows to a height of about 3 ft. or more in 10 years.  Cold hardy to 5F (-15C).  Hybridized by Cecil Smith.

 
R. 'Mantou'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Manitou'

Flower opens near white rapidly changing to pale purplish pink with a purplish pink throat and small red spots on dorsal lobe, openly funnel-shaped, 1" across.  Held in ball-shaped trusses of up to 35 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat, semi-glossy, olive green above, brown scales below.  Mounding plant habit.  Height: typically 3 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridized by Nearing.

 
R. 'Roehr's Peggy Ann'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Roehr's Peggy Ann'

Flower white with deep pink edges, funnel-shaped, hose-in-hose, 2" across.  Blooms late.  Leaves elliptic to obovate, cuneate at base, acute at apex, mid green.  Compact, dense plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 3 ft. in 10 years.  Hardy to -5F (-21C).  Hybridized by Bauman.

 
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).  Good heat tolerance.  Created by treating R. 'Snowbird' with colchine.  Created by Briggs Nursery.

Photos (top to bottom) by Jim Willhite, Sally and John Perkins, Tijs Huisman, Harold Greer.

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