Plants - Trees and Shrubs

The 2011 rhododendrons of the year

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Elepidote: ‘Lem’s Cameo’ (Dido Group X ‘Anna’)
From a young age, this is a prolific midseason bloomer. The new foliage is a bright bronzy red or mahogany and matures to a deep shiny green. The purplish-pink buds open to ruffled flowers with strong purplish-pink at the edge and a light yellow-pink throat with a vivid red blotch. The large dome-shaped trusses have up to 20 flowers and are held on stout branches. Hardy to -18 C (0 F), it grows to five feet in 10 years, but is difficult to propagate. A multiple award winner, it is one of the best of Halfdan Lem’s many hybrids.

Photo by Harold Greer

Lepidote: ‘Bob’s Blue’ (‘Ilam Violet’ (s) X Blue Diamond Group)
(not pictured)
Compact and upright, it is sometimes described as having an “electric blue” flower. The light violet flowers are funnel-shaped; the small dark green leaves turn to maroon or bronze in the fall. It grows to three feet in 10 years and is hardy to -18 C (0 F). It was hybridized by Bob Rhodes of British Columbia, Canada.


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