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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2022


South West USA Region

R. 'Very Berry

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Very Berry'

Flower funnel-shaped, vivid purplish red with darker blotch, funnel-shaped.  Held in conical-shaped truss.  Blooms midseason to late midseason.  Leaves up to 10" long, fir green.  Spreading growth habit.  Typical height: 6 feet in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridizer is Greer.

 
R. 'Kallista'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Kallista'

Flowers white with vivid yellow throat, tubular-campanulate, wavy edges, about 5" across, strongly scented.  Lax truss has 3 - 5 flowers, occasionally more.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves obovate, obtuse apex, attenuate base, 4" long, semi-glossy, heavy textured.  Open, upright plant habit.  Grows to about 6 feet high in 10 years.  Hardy to 20F (-7C).  Hybridizer is unknown.

 
R. 'Anna Kehr'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Anna Kehr'

Flower light purplish-pink, flat saucer-shaped, wavy lobes, 2" across, double.  Inflorescence has 1-3 flowers.  Blooms midseason.  Leaves broadly elliptic, apiculate apex, cuneate base, 1" long, glossy.  Low, spreading, well-branched habit.  Typical height is 2 feet after 10 years.  Cold hardy to 0F (-18C).  Hybridized by Kehr.

 
R. 'Mandarin Lights'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Mandarin Lights'

Flower strong reddish orange with darker veining and strong orange blotch on upper lobe, narrow tubular funnel-shaped, wavy edges, about 2" across.  Ball-shaped truss has 7-10 flowers.  Blooms late midseason to late.  Leaves elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat, 4" long, moderate olive green, deciduous.  Upright, slightly rounded, open growth habit.  Height: 6 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -35F (-37C).  Hybridized at the University of Minnesota.

Photos (top to bottom) by Ken Gibson, courtesy of Woodbury Rhododendrons, Bob Stelloh, Sally and John Perkins.

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