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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2023


North East USA and Canada Region

R. 'Babylon'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Babylon'

Flower satin white with a deep red blotch in throat, openly funnel-shaped, 4"-5" across.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves large, glossy, medium green.  Dense, rounded plant habit with rigid branches.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -10F (-23C).  Hybridizer by Reuthe.

 
R. 'Mary Fleming'

Lepidote Rhododendron: R. 'Mary Fleming'

Flower cream flushed strong to light purplish pink, darker blotch in throat, campanulate-shaped, wavy edged, about 1" across.  Buds hold 2 or 3 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves approximately 2" long, dull, dark green.  Leaves are bronze when new and in the winter.  Plant is sun and heat tolerant.  Typical height: 2 ft. in 10 years.  Plant is hardy to -15F (-26C).  Prefers some shade for best performance.  Hybridized by Nearing.

 
R. 'Komo Kulshan'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Komo Kulshan'

Flower vivid purplish red, lighter in center, funnel-shaped, 1" across.  A late midseason bloomer.  Leaves elliptic, textured, about 1" long, mid green.  Has a spreading growth habit.  Grows to a height of 2 ft. in 10 years.  Cold hardy to -10 F (-23 C).  Selected form of R. kiusianum.

 
R. 'Jane Abbott'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Jane Abbott'

Flower strong yellowish pink, with a gold blotch, openly funnel-shaped, about 4" across, fragrant.  Blooms late midseason to late before leaves appear.  Leaves narrowly elliptic, glossy, mid green, deciduous.  Leaves red colored in Fall.  Upright, open growth habit.  Grows to a height of about 5 ft. in 10 years.  Plant and bud hardy to -25F (-32C).  Hybridized by Abbott.

Photos (top to bottom) by Steve Henning, June Bouchard, Sally and John Perkins, Sally and John Perkins.

Prior Years Selections for North East USA Region

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