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Rhododendron of the Year Plant Awards: 2014


North East USA Region

R. 'Red River'

Elepidote Rhododendron: 'Red River'

Flower strong purplish red, lighter in center, near white dorsal blotch, and sparse greenish-yellow spotting, funnel-shaped, 2" across.  Held in conical truss with 15-19 flowers.  Blooms late.  Leaves elliptic, 5" long, margins undulate, rugose, mid green.  Upright, open plant habit.  Grows to a typical height of 5 ft. in 10 yrs.  Cold hardy to -20 F (-29 C).  Hybridized by Leach.

 
R. 'Molly Fordham'

Lepidote Rhododendron: 'Molly Fordham'

Flower white inside with brilliant greenish-yellow spots; outside white with slight streaking, saucer-shaped, 1⅜" across. Held in flat trusses of 7 flowers.  Blooms early midseason.  Leaves elliptic, flat, broadly acute apex, cuneate to rounded base, " to 1" long, semi-glossy, moderate olive green. Upright, broad plant habit.  Typical height: 4 ft. in 10 yrs.  Plant is hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Bixby'

Evergreen Azalea: 'Bixby'

Flower red, unmarked, openly funnel-shaped, wavy edges, 1" across.  Flatted dome-shaped inflorescence contains 3 flowers.  Blooms late midseason.  Leaves obovate, mucronate apex, cuneate base, 1" long, concave, bullate, retained for 2 years.  Dense, compact growth habit.  Grows to a typical height of 2 ft. in 10 yrs.  Hardy to -20F (-29C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

 
R. 'Frank Abbott'

Deciduous Azalea: 'Frank Abbott'

Flower vivid purplish-red, openly funnel-shaped, about 1" across, fragrant.  Held in flattened ball-shaped trusses with 6 flowers.  Blooms midseason to late.  Leaves elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, down curved margins, 3" long, glossy.  Hairy petioles.  Mildew resistant.  Grows to about 4 ft. tall in 10 years.  Hardy to -30F (-34C).  Hybridized by Mezitt.

All photos (top to bottom) by Sally and John Perkins.

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