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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Mid-Atlantic

Elepidote: ‘Brown Eyes’ (possibly a R. fortunei hybrid)
An excellent all-around plant with wavy-edge, funnel-shaped pink flowers with a golden brown or bronze flare on the upper lobes. The plant is an upright grower with a spreading habit and deep green foliage. It is heat-tolerant and hardy to -29 C (-20 F). It blooms in mid-season and grows to six feet or more in 10 years. This Dexter hybrid was named by Paul Bosley.

photo by Gus Cerini

Lepidote: ‘Molly Fordham’ (‘Balta’(s) X white-flowered R. minus Carolinianum Group)
(not pictured)
White rain-resistant trusses nearly cover this plant, which blooms a little later than the PJM Group. The flowers may have a slight pink tone in a cold spring or a shady location. The foliage is glossy dark green on an upright and relatively compact plant. It reaches three to four feet in 10 years and is hardy to -29 C (-20 F). It is an Ed Mezitt cross from Weston Nurseries.

 

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