Plants - Trees and Shrubs

The 2011 rhododendrons of the year

See which rhodos and azaleas received top honours--you just might want to add one to your garden


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Southeastern

Elepidote: ‘Solidarity’ (R. yakushimanun X ‘The Honourable Jean Marie de Montague’)
A heavy midseason bloomer whose red buds turn into three-inch flowers of red, pink and white, changing as they mature. It has large dome-shaped trusses of wavy-edged flowers and dark green foliage with a light tan indumentum. Heat and sun tolerant, it is hardy to -26 C (-15 F) and grows to six feet in 10 years. Hybridizer Hank Schannen’s mother named it for Poland’s labour movement, turning down an opportunity to have it named for her, saying “No one will buy a rhododendron called Wanda Pipchinski.”

photo by Don Hyatt

 

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