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Volume 29, Number 2
April 1975

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American Rhododendron Society Plant Registry

Names and descriptions of new American varieties (clones) will be published after the requirements for registration are met. You are urged to submit proposed names to the A.R.S. Plant Registrar 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 requirements of the International Code of Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants - 1969. Requests to register names must be submitted wih A.R.S. Plant Registration Cards (revised 1972), completed as fully as possible to the A.R.S. Plant Registrar, Edwin K. Parker, Astoria, OR. A $2.00 fee is charged for each name registered and should accompany the completed registration. Proposed names and descriptions will be checked by the A.R.S. Plant Registrar and then sent to the International Rhododendron Registrar for final approval and registration.

BEAUTIFUL DAY: 'Hotei' x 'Crest'. Raised by William E. Whitney about 1964. Described and introduced (1975) by George and Anne Sather, Brinnon, WA. Buds 35A (R. H. S. Colour Chart) shading to 22B toward base. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" x 3", with 5 wavy lobes, 11A (Empire Yellow 63, H.C.C.), with inner, narrow, diffuse stripes, 24C ('Tangerine Orange 9/2, H.C.C.), from throat to outer edge between lobes. Calyx green, 3/8". Truss 6" x 6", ball shaped, of 12 flowers. Leaves 2-3" x 1-1", elliptic, obtuse with apiculate, cuneate to subcordate, glabrous, 147B, retained 3 years. Plant rounded, branching well, 3' x 3' in 10 years. Blooms early June. Hardy to at least -5 F.
BLIND DATE: Hybrid of unknown parents raised by William E. Whitney (1962-4). Described and introduced (1975) by George and Anne Sather, Brinnon, WA. Flowers openly funnel shaped, 4" across x 1" long, with 6 wavy lobes, fragrant, 62C to D (R. H. S. Colour Chart), 161B in throat with small blotch, 180B, reverse 62C. Truss 7-8" across x 8" high, tall, with 12 flowers. Leaves 3-6" x 1-2", oblanceolate, mucronate, cuneate, glabrous, 137 C, retained 3 years. Plant upright, broad, branching well, 9' tall x 6' wide in 10-12 years. Blooms mid-May. Hardy to at least -5 F.
DOUBLE DATE: Hybrid of unknown parents raised and introduced by William E. Whitney about 1960. Described by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. O. Griswold, Kirkland, WA. Named by George and Anne Sather. Synonyms: "Toandos Rose" and "Whitney's Double Pink". Flowers open-funnel-campanulate, 2 " across x 1 " long, 55A (R. H. S. Colour Chart), double with 6 outer lobes and 3 lanceolate, frilled center petals. Flower resembles that of 'Fastuosum Flore Pleno'. Stamens present. Floriferous but rather slow to start blooming. Calyx 1/8 ", rosy. Truss 6" across and 3" high, conical, of 10 flowers. Leaves 4 " x 1 ", oblanceolate, acute, rounded, glabrous, dark green, retained 3 years. Plant upright, branching well, 2' tall x 2' wide in 8 years. Blooms early to mid May. Hardy to at least -5 F.
GIRARD'S CRIMSON: Evergreen azalea. ('Boudoir' x 'Aladdin'*) x ('Boudoir' x 'Corporal'**). Raised (1962) and introduced (1972) by Peter E. Girard, Sr., Girard Nurseries, Geneva, Ohio. Flowers widely funnel-shaped, of heavy substance, 2 " across x 1 " long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, strong purplish red, 7.5 RP 5/12 (Nickerson), with strong red, 5R4/12, blotch. Calyx 3/8", light green. Truss ball shaped, 3-flowered. Floriferous. Leaves 1" x 1", mostly broadly ovate, others orbicular, mucronate, rounded, glossy, moderate deep green, under surface hairy, retained 3 years. Plant broad, dwarf, branching well. 1' tall x 2' wide in 8 years. Blooms early June. Hardy to -15 F.
*Kurume imported from Grootendorst Nursery by Girard 18-20 years ago.
**Girard seedling of 'Othello' x unnamed red clone.
GIRARD'S HOT SHOT: Evergreen azalea. 'El Capitan' x 'Aladdin'. Raised (1963) and introduced (1971) by Peter E. Girard, Sr., Girard Nurseries, Geneva, Ohio. Synonym: SC-3.A. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, dark reddish orange, 7.5 R 4/11 (Nickerson) with dark red or maroon spotting. Calyx 3/8 ", light green. Truss ball shaped of 3-5 flowers. Free-flowering. Leaves 1 1/8 " x ", mostly broadly elliptic, others ovate, mucronate, rounded, glabrous, glossy, strong green, 5 G 4/7, retained 3 years, winter leaves dark yellowish green, 2.5 G 4/6. Plant 2' tall x 2' wide in 8 years, branches well, broad, rounded, semi dwarf. Blooms mid-May. Hardy to -15 F.
GIRARD'S ROSE: Evergreen azalea. [('Fedora' x 'El Capitan') x 'Boudoir'] x 'Boudoir'. Raised (1965) and introduced (1971) by Peter E. Girard, Sr., Girard Nurseries, Geneva, Ohio. Buds salmon pink. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, deep pink, 10 RP 6/12 (Nickerson), reverse deep yellowish pink, 5 R 6/11. Calyx ", light green. Truss 3-4" across x 3" high, tall, 3-flowered. Free flowering. Leaves 1" x ", elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, glossy, dark yellowish green, 10 GY 4/5, retained 3 years, dark orange and scarlet shades in winter. New growth light red. Plant upright, broad; branching well 3' tall x 2' wide in 7 years. Blooms mid-May. Hardy to -10 F.
GIRARD'S SCARLET: Evergreen azalea. 'Aladdin' x 'El Capitan'. Raised (1962) and introduced (1970) by Peter E. Girard, Sr., Girard Nurseries, Geneva, Ohio. Synonym SC-19-G. Buds scarlet. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped 2" across x 3" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, strong red, 5 R 4/12 (Nickerson), with deep maroon blotch. Calyx ", red. Truss 4-5" across x 3" high, ball shaped, with 3-5 flowers. Free-flowering. Leaves 1" x ", broadly elliptic, mucronate, rounded, glossy, deep green, retained 3 years. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 2' tall x 2' wide in 9 years. Blooms mid-May. Hardy to -15 F.
HELEN EVERITT: From a cross of two unknown Dexter hybrids made by Sam Everitt before 1950. Raised and introduced (1958) by Henry and Selma Fuller, Easton, Conn. Distributed by Paul Vossberg, Westbury Rose Co. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped (almost flat), 5" across x 3" long, with 5-7 overlapping, evenly rounded to wavy lobes, fragrant, pure white. Stamens vestigial. Calyx 3/8 to ", green. Truss 8" x 8", ball shaped, of 7-9 flowers. Leaves 4" x 2", elliptic, apiculate, rounded to sub-cordate, glabrous, glossy, medium green, retained 2 years. Plant rounded, branching well, 9' x 9' in 24 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to -16 F.
JOHN CHAPPELL: Knaphill azalea of unknown parents grown by The Bovees. Raised (1965) by John H. Chappell, Durham, N.C. Flowers of heavy substance, tubular funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, not fragrant, 14 A (R. H. S. Colour Chart) with 24 A dorsal blotch. Calyx 1/8", green. Truss 5 " across x 2" tall, ball shaped of 8-12 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves 4" x 1", elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, glossy, slightly hairy, new leaves pale green, older growth dark green, fall color slightly maroon, hairy beneath. Plant broad, rounded, branching well 3' tall x 2' wide (at top) in 9 years. Blooms late April to early May. Hardy to at least 5F.
JULIA GROTHAUS: 'Albatross' x 'Golden Belle'. Raised (1961) and introduced (1974) by Molly Grothaus, Lake Oswego, OR. Buds 38A (R. H. S. Colour Chart) with ruffled edging " wide, 27 D. Flower openly funnel-shaped, 5" across x 2" long, with 7 frilled lobes, fragrant, 38 A, aging to 38C, inner 1/3 of throat 14C with blotch of 179A extending almost half way to corolla edge on dorsal 3 lobes. Peach colored flower has almost white corolla edge, most prominent in bud, which continues to widen as flower ages. Calyx minute 149C. Truss 7" across x 5" high, flat, of 12 flowers. Free-flowering. Leaves 6" x 3", oblanceolate (some narrowly obovate), apiculate, subcordate, glabrous, 137 B, retained 2-3 years. Plant rounded, branching well, 4 ft tall x 5 ft wide in 13 years. Blooms early June. Hardy to at least -2 F.
KATHLEEN JANE: Of unknown parents. Seed from unrecorded East Coast firm (perhaps Schumacher) about 1950. Raised and introduced (1958) by Mr. & Mrs. Freeman Stephens, Bellingham, WA. Flowers funnel shaped 2" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, Chrysanthemum Crimson 824/1(H.C.C.) with black spotting. Plant very free-flowering. Truss 6" across x 5" tall, ball-shaped, of 12 flowers. Leaves 4" x 1 2/3", narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, dark green. Plant leafy upright, broad, branching well, 5' tall x 4' wide in 7 years. Blooms early May. Hardy to at least -10 F.
LA VERNE: 'Vulcan' x 'Mrs. Furnival'. Raised (1950) and introduced (about 1969) by Mr. & Mrs. Freeman Stephens, Bellingham, WA. Buds very deep rose. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 4" x 4" with 5 wavy lobes, Rose Bengal 25/2 (H.C.C.), with deep red, dorsal blotch and spotting. Truss ball shaped of 9-11 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves 4" x 1", narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, dark green. Plant leafy, upright, broad, branching well, 3' x 3' in 10 years. Blooms in late April. Hardy to at least -10 F.
LESLIE'S PURPLE: Evergreen azalea. 'Elizabeth Gable' x 'Boudoir'. Raised (1962) and introduced (1975) by Peter E. Girard, Sr., Girard's Nurseries, Geneva, Ohio. Synonym LH-408-G. Flowers widely funnel-campanulate, 2" across x 2" long, with 5 -1- 5 (hose-in-hose) wavy lobes, strong purplish red, 7.5 RP 5/12 (Nickerson), with deep crimson spotting. Calyx ", light green. Truss 4-5" across x 3" high, ball shaped, 3-flowered. Leaves 1" x -1", elliptic, acute, cuneate, glossy, dark yellowish green, 10 GY 4/5, retained 2-3 years. New growth light red. Plant broad, semi-dwarf, branching well, 1' x 1' in 3 years. Blooms mid-May. Hardy to -10 F.
MARY LUCILLE: 'Mrs. A. T. de la Mare' x 'Earl of Donoughmore'. Raised (1960) and introduced (about 1969) by Mr. & Mrs. Freeman Stephens, Bellingham, WA. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 4" x 4", with 5 wavy lobes, slightly fragrant, Rose Opal 022/3 (H.C.C.), with dark red dorsal blotch and spots. Truss ball shaped of 9-15 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves 6" x 2", narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, deep green. Plant leafy, broad, rounded, branching well, 4' x 4' in 8 years. Blooms mid to late April. Hardy to at least -10 F.
MOUNT HOOD: 'Fawn' x 'Crest'. Raised (1965) by Carl H. Phetteplace, M.D., Leaburg, OR. Flowers openly campanulate, 9cm. across x 5 cm. long, with 6 evenly rounded lobes, fragrant, white with chartreuse shading deep in throat. Calyx 2-3 cm., yellowish green, edged with red glands. Truss 15 cm. x 15 cm., conical, with 11-13 flowers. Leaves broadly elliptic, 12-14 cm. x 5 cm., acute, rounded, glabrous, grayish green, retained 2 years. Plant upright, branching moderately, 7' tall x 5' wide in 9 years. Blooms early to mid-May. Hardy to at least -6 F.
NANCY SUE: Of unknown parents. Seed from unrecorded east coast firm (perhaps Schumacher) about 1950. Raised and introduced (1958) by Mr. & Mrs. Freeman Stephens, Bellingham, WA. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 3" long, with 5 frilled lobes, Magenta Rose 027/1 (H.C.C.) with dark gold spots. Truss 9" wide x 8" tall, of 17 flowers, ball-shaped. Free-flowering. Leaves 5 2/3" x 2", narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, dark green. Plant leafy, upright, broad, branching well, 5' x 5' in 10 years. Blooms early May. Hardy to at least -10 F.
PLEASANT DREAM: Hybrid of unknown parents raised by William E. Whitney. Described and introduced (1974) by George and Anne Sather, Brinnon, WA. Buds 68 A (R. H. S. Colour Chart). Flowers openly funnel shaped, 5" across, with 7 wavy to frilled lobes, fragrant, 68 B, with yellow shadings and small dorsal throat spotting 35 B. Calyx ", yellow. Truss 7" x 7", flat, of 8-10 flowers. Leaves 3-5" x 1-2 1/8", oblanceolate, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, 137 B, retained 3 years. Plant upright, broad, branching well, 9' tall x 6' wide in 12 years. Blooms early June. Hardy to 0 F.
PLEASANT WHITE: Evergreen azalea. 'Kathy' x 'Clara Marie'. Raised (1966) and introduced (1973) by Peter E. Girard, Sr., Girard Nurseries, Geneva, Ohio. Synonym: No. 511. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x " long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, white with no markings. Calyx ",light green. Truss 3-flowered, ball shaped 3" x 3". Floriferous. Leaves 1" x ", narrowly obovate, obtuse, cuneate, glossy, dark yellowish green, 2.5 G 4/6 (Nickerson), retained 3 years. Plant 2' tall x 1' wide in 7 years, broad, branching well. Blooms mid-May. Hardy to -10 F.
RENEE MICHELLE: Evergreen azalea. Unnamed chance seedling resembling 'Boudoir' x 'Gumpo Pink'. Raised (1962) and introduced (1975) by Peter E. Girard, Sr., Girard Nurseries, Geneva, Ohio. Buds medium pink. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, deep pink, 10 RP 6/12 (Nickerson), with light red spotting. Calyx ", light green. Truss 4-6" across x 3" high, ball shaped, of 3-5 flowers. Leaves 1" x 1", broadly elliptic, obtuse, cuneate, glossy, light pink, retained 3 years. Plant broad, branching well, 20" tall x 18" wide in 6 years. Blooms early June. Hardy to -10 F.
SHOW BOAT: R. yakushimanum (Exbury clone) x 'Tumalo'. Raised (1962) by Carl H. Phetteplace, M.D., Leaburg, OR. Buds pink. Flowers open-funnel campanulate, 7 cm. across x 5 cm. long, with 6 wavy lobes, white with small yellowish green blotch in throat. Calyx 2-3 mm., yellowish green. Truss 15 cm. across x 20 cm. tall, ball-shaped, with 11-13 flowers. Free-flowering. Leaves 10 cm. x 4 cm., elliptic to broadly elliptic, mucronate, rounded, revolute, glabrous, moderate olive green, 5 GY 4/3, (Nickerson), with light indumentum of buff color, retained 2-3 years. Plant compact, rounded, branching well, 4' tall x 5' wide in 12 years. Blooms early to mid-May. Hardy to at least -6 F.
SPELLBINDER: (R. maximum x R. catawbiense) 'Russell Harmon' x ( R. calophytum x R. sutchuenense). Raised (1955) and introduced (1974) by Dr. David G. Leach, N. Madison, OH. Flowers of heavy substance, widely funnel campanulate, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, light purplish pink 2.5 RP 8.5/5 (Nickerson) with dorsal spotting, deep purplish red, 10 RP 3/10, reverse with deep purplish pink suffusion 5 RP 6/10. Calyx 1/8", pink. Truss 7" across x 6" high, ball-shaped, with 16 flowers. Free-flowering. Leaves 9" x 3" (much larger in shade), narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, glossy, bullate, medium green, retained 2 years. Plant rounded, branching well, 5' tall x 8' wide in 19 years. Blooms very early. Hardy to at least -15 F. Flower buds very large and plant densely furnished with extraordinarily large leaves providing an exotic and unusual appearance for a rhododendron in the North Eastern U. S. A.
TOKATEE: 'Mars' x R. williamsianum. Cross by Ben Lancaster; raised and introduced (1973) by Molly and Louis Grothaus, Lake Oswego, OR.  Buds 53D (R. H. S. Colour Chart). Flowers widely funnel-campanulate, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 wavy lobes, 55A at outer edge shading to 55D at center of lobes and in throat, lightly spotted 58B, reverse 58B. Calyx minute, rose brown. Truss lax, 7-f lowered. Free-flowering. Leaves 2" x 1", elliptic, apiculate, rounded, glabrous, 137C, retained 4 years. New growth 174A. Plant 2' tall x 4' wide in 15 years, rounded, semi-dwarf, branching well. Blooms mid-April. Hardy to at least 0 F.
VERNA PHETTEPLACE: 'Lady Bessborough' x R. yakushimanum (Exbury clone). Raised (1966) by Carl H. Phetteplace, Leaburg, OR. Buds deep pink 3.5 R 6/11 (Nickerson). Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 9 cm. across x 4 cm. long, with 5-6 wavy lobes, ivory with pink shading; reverse moderate pink 2.5 R 8/5, color diffusing through corolla giving yellowish pink effect; 1 cm., vivid red, 5 R 5/13, dorsal blotch deep in throat. Calyx 1 mm. Truss 1520 cm. across x 15 cm. tall, ball shaped, of 13-15 flowers. Leaves 13 cm. x 5 cm.. elliptic to narrowly elliptic, acute, rounded, glabrous, moderate olive green, 5 GY 4/3, retained 3 years. Plant rounded, branching well, 5' x 5' in 9 years. Blooms mid-May. Hardy to at least -6 F.
VIRGINIA STEWART: 'Countess of Haddington' x R. nuttallii. Cross and first grown by Howard Kerrigan. Raised and introduced (1974) by Coulter Stewart, San Anselmo, CA. Buds 164C to 161D (R. H. S. Colour Chart) while opening. Flowers widely funnel-campanulate, 3-3" across x 3" long, with 5 wavy lobes, very fragrant, white, 157D to 155D, lower 1" of throat shading from 12B to white (fades to white within a week), no yellow on reverse of tube. Calyx ", 146 B-A. Truss 8" across x 5" high, flat, of 3-7 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves 4" x 2", mostly elliptic (slightly narrower at base), others narrowly elliptic or broadly elliptic, obtuse (some slightly apiculate), cuneate (rarely rounded), glossy, slightly bullate, darker than 147A, under side scaly, retained 2 years. Plant upright, branching rarely, 5' tall x 6' wide in 10 years; habit like that of R. nuttallii. Bark at all seasons similar to 'Forsterianum'. Blooms late April. Hardy to 25 F.


Volume 29, Number 2
April 1975

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