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Volume 19, Number 4
October 1965

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American Rhododendron Society Plant Registry

        Note: It is proposed to print the names and brief description of new American varieties which meet the requirements for registration. The names must be accompanied by descriptions of the varieties and must meet the requirements of the International Registration Authority (Dr. H. R. Fletcher, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Registrar) before they are eligible for A.R.S. registry.  Only clones will be registered, no group names. In the formula giving the parentage, the female parent is written first. We hope, whenever possible to indicate the probable size of the bush at 10 years of age. Unless otherwise specified the person's name, following the cross, indicates the one who made the cross, did the selecting, and introduced, or plans to introduce the variety.   Breeders are urged to submit proposed names to the Registrar of the A.R.S., Dr. J. Harold Clarke, Long Beach, Wash., before they are actually used. There are thousands of names already in use and a name to be registered must not have been used before and must meet the other requirements of the A.R.S. Code of Nomenclature.

BRITANNIA'S BELLS - 'Britannia' x R. williamsianum, bred and introduced by Ben Lancaster, Camas, Wash. Plant a sturdy, bushy mound, 12" tall by 18" wide at 8 years. Leaves oval, cordate base, to 2" long by 1" wide. Flowers rose red HCC 724/2, of good substance, wide bell shaped, 5 petals, to 3" wide by 1" deep. Truss of 7 to 8 flowers. Mid-April.
CRIMSON BELLS - 'F. C. Puddle' x R. williamsianum, raised and introduced by Ben Lancaster, Camas, Wash. Plant 15" tall by 30" wide at 8 years. Leaves oval, truncate at base, to 3" long by 2" wide. Flowers crimson HCC 22/1, bell shaped, 5 petals, to 3" wide and 2" deep, 7 to a truss, good substance. Mid-April.
CURRANT BELLS - R. thomsonii (blood red form) x R. williamsianum raised and introduced by Ben Lancaster, Camas, Wash. Plant 2' tall by 3' wide at 10 years, densely branched. Leaves oval, cordate, dark green, 2" long by 1" wide. Flowers currant red HCC 821/2, bell shaped, 5 petals, to 2" across by 2" deep, in a truss of 7 to 9 flowers. Mid April.
EASTER BELLS - R. williamsianum x 'China' raised and introduced by Ben Lancaster, Camas, Wash. Plant 2' tall by 3 across at 10 years. Leaves oval, cordate base, to 4" long by 2" wide. Flowers open creamy, turning pure white, wide bell shaped, to 3" across by 2" deep, 8 in a truss. Early mid-season.
GRACE SEABROOK - 'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague' x R. strigillosum, raised and introduced by C. S. Seabrook, Tacoma, Wash. Plant fairly large, habit similar to female parent. Leaves very large, dark green. Flowers currant red HCC 821/1 at the margin, shading to blood red HCC 820 at the center, funnel shaped, to 3" across and 2" deep; tight truss. Season early.
J. EDGAR HOOVER - 'Ivery's Scarlet' x 'Francis Hanger', raised and introduced by C. S. Seabrook, Tacoma, Wash. Plant of moderate size, spreading. Leaves light green, large. Flowers white inside, edged pink, outside turkey red HCC 721/1 to rose madder 23/1, campanulate, to 4" across by 2" deep. Truss loose but flowers upstanding. Late.
JEROME KERN - 'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague' x R. haemaleum, raised and introduced by C. S. Seabrook, Tacoma, Wash. Plant tall, spreading. Leaves glossy, light green, broad. Flowers Rose Bengal HCC 25/1, funnel shaped, to 3" across by 2" deep, 10 to 15 in a large, tight truss. Midseason.
LOTUS PORTER - Evergreen azalea, parentage unknown, raised by Otto Benesh, introduced by Beneschoen Gardens, Myrtle Creek, Oregon. Plant 21" tall, spreading 36" at 8 years. Leaves 1" by ", ovate, medium green. Flowers phlox purple HCC 632/2, semi double, 1" across, midseason.
NOYO CHIEF - Named and introduced by Dr. and Mrs. P. J. Bowman, Fort Bragg, Cal. This is a hybrid of R. nilagiricum, grown in the Pacific Northwest for some years as R. arboreum kingianum and was bought as a large plant in 1952 from Lester Brandt of Tacoma, Wash. The leaves are parsley-green, highly glossy, slightly bullate, very slightly transversely convex, elliptic, bluntly pointed, to 7 ins. long by 2 ins. wide, plastered fawn tomentum beneath. Plant very floriferous, to 10 ft. high and wide in 15 years. Flowers broadly campanulate, , clear rose red, HCC 721, to 2" ins. wide by 2 ins. long, erect, to 16 in a compact truss. Seedlings have bloomed in 3 years but has not come true from seed, loses glossy surface of leaves.
PALE PERFECTION - A catawbiense hybrid, parentage unknown, raised by Richard M. Wyman, Sr., Framingham, Mass., introduced by R. L. Ticknor, Aurora, Ore. Plant 2' high and 4' across at 9 years from a cutting. Leaves to 4 " long by 1 " wide, dark green. Flowers light purplish pink, Nickerson 2.5 R. P. 8/5, blotch dark greenish, 10 Y 6/7, funnel shaped, 5 lobes, to 2" across. Truss 4" high and 5" across with 13 flowers. Mid-May in Oregon.
PAUL DETLEFSEN - 'May Day' x R. haematodes, raised and introduced by C. S. Seabrook, Tacoma, Wash. Plant compact, symmetrical, 24" high at 10 years. Leaves dark, glossy, with indumentum. Flowers orient red HCC 819, funnel shaped, 2" across by 2" deep. Loose truss with many flowers. Midseason.
SILVER BELLS - R. caucasicum x R. williamsianum, raised and introduced by Ben Lancaster, Camas, Wash. Plant 18" tall by 30" wide at 8 years.  Leaves glossy, dark green, oval, to 2" long by 1" wide. Flowers pure silvery white, top petal slightly spotted, bell shaped, petals ruffled, to 2" across by 1" deep. Truss of 6 to 7 Flowers. Mid-April.
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE - R. scyphocalyx x 'Jasper', raised and introduced by C. S. Seabrook, Tacoma, Wash. A small, but not dwarf plant, leaves rounded, bluish green. Flowers Spanish orange HCC 010/1 with pink edges. Does not fade. Campanulate flowers, to 2" across by 1" deep. Truss flat with 8 to 10 flowers. Season late.
STEVEN FOSTER - 'May Day' x R. haematodes, raised and introduced by C. S. Seabrook, Tacoma, Wash. Plant roundish, 24" high at 10 years. Leaves dark green, glossy, some indumentum. Flowers blood red HCC 820, campanulate, to 2" across by 2" deep, truss loose, slightly more upstanding than 'May Day'. Early.
VESPER BELLS - R. williamsianum x R. albertsenianum, raised and introduced by Ben Lancaster, Camas, Wash. Plant 12" tall by 20" across at 8 years, thickly branched. Leaves oval, cordate base, to 2" long by 1" wide. Flowers rose bengal HCC 25/2 in bud. opening to 25/3, bell shaped, with 6 to 7 petals, to 3" across by 1" deep. Truss of 6 to 8 flowers. Mid-April.
YAKU SUNRISE - 'Vulcan's Flame' x R. yakushimanum F.C.C., raised and introduced by Ben Lancaster, Camas, Wash. Plant 12" tall by 18" across at 5 years. Leaves dark green, slightly recurved, to 3" long by 1" wide. Flowers rose madder HCC 23/2, deeper at margins and on the back of the petals, open bell shaped, 5 petals, to 2" across and 1" deep. Compact truss of 10 flowers. Early May.
YELLOW BELLS - 'Cunningham's Sulphur' x 'Moonstone', cross made by Don Newkirk, raised and introduced by Ben Lancaster, Camas, Wash. Plant 2' tall by 2' across in 10 years. Leaves glossy, wax-like, to 2" long by 1" wide. Flowers chrome yellow HCC 605/1 to 605/3, ruffled, bell shaped, to 1" across and 1" deep, 10 to 12 to a truss. Mid-April.


Volume 19, Number 4
October 1965

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