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Volume 33, Number 4
Fall 1979

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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 with A.R.S. Plant Registration Cards, 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. Refer to A.R.S. Quarterly Jan. '74, Vol. 28, No. 1, p. 21 for additional information on registration. Color designations below refer to the Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 1966, unless otherwise stated.

AMAZING GRACE: 'Mrs. C. S. Sargent' x ' Swansdown'. Cross (1952), raised, and introduced by Orlando S. Pride, Butler, PA. Buds orchid lavender. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across, with 5 wavy, reflexed lobes, Red Purple Group 6213-C with quite large area ("' wide) of yellowish-green spotting on dorsal lobe. Dark pink pistil distinctive and stands out. Calyx ⅛", green. Truss 5" across x 4" high, ball-shaped, with 12 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4" x 2", elliptic, apiculate, cuneate to rounded, convex, Green Group 13613, glaucous when new (lost as leaves mature). Plant upright, broad, open, branching well, 3' tall x 2' wide in 10 years. Blooms in early June. Hardy to at least -30 F.

R. 'Aunty Thora'
R. 'Aunty Thora'
Photo by Sigrid Laxdall

AUNTY THORA: 'Marinus Koster' x 'Pilgrim'. Cross (1963), raised, and introduced by Sigrid Laxdall, Bellingham, WA. Buds Tyrian Rose 24/ (H.C.C.). Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 5" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, 24/3 shading to 24/2 which is a narrow, uneven border, dorsal rays (blotch) 24 deep in throat, very slight spotting 24/3 on dorsal lobe, reverse with 24/2 stripes. New flowers "'glow"'; become lighter with age. Calyx small, red. Truss 5-6" across x 6-7" high, tall, somewhat open at top, with 12 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 6-7" x 2-2", narrowly elliptic to elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, dull, dark green. New stems red. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 5' tall x 4' wide in 14 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 10 F.
BALLY COTTON: R. yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada' x R. chrysanthum. Cross (1971), raised, and introduced by Dr. W. A. Reese, Redbarn Nursery, Pennsburg, PA. Buds Yellow Orange Group 23C. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 wavy lobes, White Group 155D with dorsal Yellow Green Group 145D blotch in throat and 145C spotting. Calyx minute, very light green. Truss 4" across x 3" high, ball-shaped, with 7 flowers. Leaves held 3 years, 1" x ⅛", narrowly obovate to elliptic, somewhat acute (almost obtuse), cuneate, glabrous, Green Group 137A, under surface lightly covered with tan indumentum. Plant dwarf, branching moderately with decumbent branches, 4" tall x 11" wide in 6 years. Blooms in mid-April. Hardy to at least -5 F.
BAREFIELD'S VIRGINIA ANNE: 'Vulcan' x ('Anna' x 'Ole Olson'). Cross (1961 or 2) by Grady Barefield, raised by Barefield family, introduced (1972) by Mary Barefield. Buds Red Group 53A. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" x 3", with 5 slightly wavy lobes, Red Group 51A shading (deepening) to 45A in throat, reverse with darker stripes. Calyx ", Red Group 47B. Truss 6" across x 5" high, dome-shaped, with 12 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years, 4-8" x 1-2", oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute with apiculus, cuneate, glabrous, Green Group 137A, under surface with very slight, hardly noticeable, patchy tan indumentum. Plant broad, branching well, 5' tall x 6' wide in 16 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 5 F.
BOWIE: (R. chapmanii x R. minus) F2. Cross (1953) and raised by Dr. Henry T. Skinner. Introduced (1971) by the U. S. National Arboretum. Flowers open-funnel-campanulate, 1" x 1", with 5 wavy lobes, Red Purple Group 62C-D with pale brownish-green blotch. Calyx minute, light green. Terminal flower cluster ball-shaped, 3-5" across x 3-4" high, often arising from 2-3 floral buds, each 10-14 flowered, with total of 10-36 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 1-2 years, 3" x 1" elliptic, acuminate to acute, cuneate, glabrous, somewhat dull moderate olive green 2.5 GY 413 (Nickerson), with small, closely spaced, clear to golden scales on under surface (sometimes quite inconspicuous). New growth light green, becoming reddish. Plant rounded, branching well, 4' x 4' in 6 years. Blooms in early June. Hardy to at least 0 F. Plant is primarily distinctive for its compact habit, vigor, and profuse flowering. It has proved hardy in New Hampshire and it is hoped that it may carry some of the heat tolerance of R. chapmanii. It is being tested in California.
BURGUNDY CHERRY: Parents unknown. Cross (1925-42) by Charles O. Dexter. Raised at Dexter Estate. Grown from rooted cuttings purchased from Warren Baldsiefen (probably between 1958-62) by Mrs. John F. Knippenberg, Laurelwood Gardens, Wayne, NJ. Named and introduced (1974) by Mrs. Knippenberg. Synonyms: Dexter # 105, Black Cherry. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" x 2⅛", with 5 wavy lobes, Carmine 2113 (H.C.C.) with Doge Purple 732 base of throat and distinctive 1" x 1" dorsal blotch extending slightly on adjacent lobes and composed partly of close spotting. Calyx minute, green. Truss 5-6" across x 4-5" high, dome-shaped, with 10-12 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 2⅝", elliptic, obtuse with apiculus, rounded (slightly cordate), Glabrous, medium green. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 5' x 5' in 15 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -10 F.
COOKIE: 'Queen o' the May' x 'Fawn'. Cross ( 1954) and raised by Del W. James until 1963 when donated to Hendricks Park, Eugene, OR. Named and registered by Ray James. Flowers of good substance, very openly funnel-shaped, 6" across x 2" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, very fragrant, Neyron Rose 623 (H.C.C.) with throat 623/3 and Maroon 1030/3 spotting in dorsal throat. Reverse base of corolla 1030/. Calyx negligible, light green. Truss 10" x 10", tall, with 10 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 6" x 2", almost narrowly elliptic, apiculate, rounded (very slightly auriculate), glabrous, Ivy Green 1060/3. Plant upright, branching well, 10' tall x 4' wide in 24 years. Blooms in late April, early May. Hardy to at least -12F.
CREAM GLORY: 'Comstock' x 'Cheyenne'. Cross (1965), raised, and introduced (1978) by Harold E. Greer, Greer Gardens, Eugene, OR. Pictured in The Time-Life Gardening Yearbook, 1978, p. 140. Flowers of heavy substance, open-funnel-campanulate, 4" across x 2" long, with 7 evenly rounded lobes, fragrant, Yellow Group 11D shading to 11B toward throat and with slight streaking in base of throat Red Group 52B. Calyx -1", dorsal lobes longest, colored as corolla. Truss 9" across x 5" high, dome-shaped with 8-9 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 1-2 years, 5" x 2", elliptic, apiculate, cordate, glabrous, medium green. Plant rounded, branching moderately with stiff branches, 4' tall x 3' wide in 10 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -5 F.
EBONY: R. carolinianum var. album x 'P.J.M.' Cross (1971) by Edmund V. Mezitt. Raised and introduced by Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, MA. Flowers tubular funnel-shaped, 1" across x 1" long, with 5 wavy lobes, Red Purple Group 72A. Calyx '/8", green. Truss 3" across x 1" high, dome-shaped, with 4-10 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 1 year, 1-1⅞" x -1 ", elliptic, obtuse, cuneate, glossy, Yellow Green Group 146A in summer, deep maroon, shiny in winter, under surface with closely spaced, medium size, tan to golden scales. Plant dwarf, rounded, branching well with decumbent branches, 8" tall x 12" wide in 7 years. Blooms in late April, early May. Hardy to at least -10 F.
GREAT SCOTT: 'Mrs. J. G. Millais' x 'Cheyenne'. Cross (1960), raised, and introduced (1975) by Harold E. Greer, Greer Gardens, Eugene, OR. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 1" long, with 7 wavy, reflexed lobes, slightly darker than pale purplish pink 2.5 RP 9/2 (Nickerson) (appears white), with very prominent dark red 2.5 R 3/7 flair in dorsal 3 lobe sector (solid at base of throat). Calyx minute, green. Truss 9" across x 6" high, dome-shaped, with 14 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 6" x 2" narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, acute, cuneate, glabrous, somewhat glossy, deep green. Plant rounded, branching moderately with willowy branches, 4' x 4' in 10 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -5 F.
HARNDEN'S WHITE: 'Albatross' x 'Hawk'. Cross (1955), raised, and introduced (1971) by Harold E. Greer, Greer Gardens, Eugene, OR. Flowers of heavy substance, open-funnel-campanulate, 4" across x 2", long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, almost white (slightly greenish yellow). Calyx ", green. Truss 8" across x 5" high, dome-shaped, with 10 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 2", oblanceolate to narrowly obovate or narrowly elliptic to elliptic, obcordate, auriculate, glabrous, deep green. Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 6' tall x 4' wide in 10 years. Blooms in mid-May Hardy to at least 0 F.
HENDRICKS PARK: 'Jalisco Elect' x 'Fawn'. Cross (1962) by Del W. James. Seedling donated to Hendricks Park, Eugene, OR, in 1963. Named and registered by Ray James. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 2" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, fragrant, Neyron Rose 623/1 (H.C.C.), throat Currant Red 821/1 with slight 623/1 dorsal blotch and spotting. Calyx 1/8", green. Truss 8" across x 9" high, ball-shaped, with 10-12 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 4" x 2", elliptic, obtuse with apiculus, rounded, glabrous, Ivy Green 1060/3. Plant upright, broad, branching well, 10' tall x 8' wide in 17 years. Blooms in late April, early May. Hardy to at least -10 F.
HOPE BRAAFLADT: R. lindleyi x 'Countess of Haddington'. Cross (1969), raised, and introduced by H. J. Braafladt, M. D., Eureka, CA. Buds Yellow White Group 158B with 186B stripes. Flowers campanulate, 8.5 cm. x 8.5 cm. with 5 wavy lobes, fragrant, White Group 155D, with Greyed Purple Group 186D piece-of-pie-shaped blush and faint stripe at extremity of each lobe. Calyx 12 mm., Yellow Green Group 144C. Truss 20 cm. across x 8.5 cm. high, lax, with 3-5 flowers. Leaves held 2-3 years, 9.5 cm. x 3.5 cm., narrowly elliptic, acute to apiculate, cuneate to rounded, somewhat bullate, Yellow Green Group 146A, under surface with small, golden brown, moderately spaced scales. Plant upright, semi-dwarf, branching moderately with willowy branches, 3' tall x 3' wide in 9 years. Blooms in April. Hardy to at least 20 F.
JAMES DUNLOP: A Linwood hardy evergreen azalea. Parents unknown. Cross (1965), raised, and introduced by G. Albert Reid, Linwood, NJ. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 + 5 + 0 - 3 wavy lobes (hose-in-hose or semi-double), Red Purple Group 66C. 2-5 stamens. Pistil normal to fan-shaped. In semi-double flowers stamens and pistils are distorted, split, twisted with hairs, etc. Calyx whorl 1" long, colored as corolla. Flower cluster 3" across x 2" high, ball-shaped, 5 flowered. Free flowering. Leaves held well through winter, 1" x ", elliptic, acute, cuneate, glossy, Yellow Green Group 146A. Plant rounded, branching moderately, 20" tall x 18" wide in 5 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -5 F.
JENICE COFFEY: 'Marinus Koster' x 'Pilgrim'. Cross (1963), raised, and introduced by Sigrid Laxdall, Bellingham, WA. Buds Rose Pink 427 (H.C.C.). Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 2" long, with 5 frilled lobes, 427/2, with slight deeper pink spotting and red star-shaped blotch in throat, deeper stripes up center of lobes on reverse. Calyx 1/8", deep pink. Truss 6" across x 6" high, ball-shaped, with 14-16 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 1⅞", narrowly elliptic, acute with apiculus, cuneate, concave, glabrous, dull dark green. Plant upright, branching moderately, semi-dwarf, 4' tall x 2-3' wide in 15 years. Blooms in early June. Hardy to at least 10 F.
LONNY: 'Charley' x ('Fawn' x 'Damaris'). Cross (1959) and raised by Del W. James until 1963 when donated to Hendricks Park, Eugene, OR. Named and registered by Ray James. Flowers of good substance, very openly funnel-shaped, 5" across x 3" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Chartreuse Green 663/3 (H.C.C.) in throat shading to Neyron Rose 623/3 as lobe edging. Calyx minute, light green. Truss 8" across x 10" high, flat, with 10 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 6-8" x 2-3", almost narrowly oblong to oblong, mucronate, rounded (slightly auriculate), glabrous, glossy, Ivy Green 1060/3. Plant upright, 6' x 6' in 18 years. Blooms in late April, early May. Hardy to at least -12 F.
MEATH: 'Boule de Neige' x R. yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada'. Cross (1969), raised, and introduced by Dr. W. A. Reese, Redbarn Nursery, Pennsburg, PA. Buds Red Group 55C. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 7 wavy lobes, very fragrant, Red Group 56C shading to 56B at lobe edges, and with Yellow Green Group 153D dorsal blotch and spotting. Truss 6" across x 4" high, ball-shaped, with 9 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years, 3-4" x 1⅞-2", elliptic, acute to almost obtuse, cuneate to rounded, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 146A. Plant upright, branching moderately, 1' tall x 1' wide in 7 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -5 F.
META: 'Lady Berry' x 'Ivy'. Cross (1967), raised, and introduced by Carl G. Heller, M.D., Poulsbo, WA. Flowers funnel-shaped, 7.5 cm. x 7.5 cm., with 5 evenly rounded lobes, mostly Greyed Red Group 179C with some 179B shading. Calyx negligible. Flower cluster 14 cm. across x 11 cm. high, lax, with 4 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 9 cm. x 3 cm., narrowly elliptic to elliptic, acute, knobbed, cuneate, glossy, glabrous (glaucous when new), Yellow Green Group 146A, under surface with quite closely spaced, small to medium, yellow to golden brown, scales. Foliage has spicy fragrance, especially when crushed. Plant upright, branching well, 7' tall x 4' wide in 11 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 12 F.
MOUNT MAZAMA: Cross of 'Britannia' and 'Loderi' (clone unknown). It is unknown which is seed parent. Cross ( 1955), raised, and introduced ( 1967) by George D. Grace. Described and registered by Molly and Louis Grothaus, Lake Oswego, OR. Buds Red Group 52A. Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy, orbicular lobes, Red Purple Group 57A with slight Red Group 52A spotting on dorsal lobe, with 5 dark red nectaries and darker stripes on reverse. Calyx Greyed Red Group 179A, base green. Truss 7" across x 6" high, ball-shaped, with 10-15 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 6" x 2", narrowly elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, Green Group 137B. Plant rounded, branching well, 5' tall x 6' wide in 10 years. Blooms in late April, early May. Hardy to at least 0 F.
MRS. H. T. KRUG : R. fortunei open pollinated. Seed collected (1971), raised, and introduced by Harold Krug, Portland, OR. Buds deep pink. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 7 evenly rounded lobes, fragrant, lobe edges Red Purple Group 68B shading to Yellow Green Group 150D, Red Group 46 A-B deep in throat, extending into rays. Calyx minute, green. Truss 10" x 10", compact, dome-shaped, with 12 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years, 7" x 2", narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, glaucous, Yellow Green Group 147A. Plant upright, broad, rounded, branching well with stiff branches, 4' tall x 5' wide in 6 years. Blooms mid- to late April. Hardy to at least -15 F.
OLIN O. DOBBS: 'Mars' x 'Purple Splendour' (pedigree may be reversed). Cross (1955) and raised to first flowering by O. O. Dobbs. Named and introduced ( 1973) by Harold E. Greer, Greer Gardens, Eugene, OR. Flowers waxy, of very heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, darker than deep reddish purple 2.5 R P 3 / 8 (Nickerson). with slight brown spotting. Calyx minute, purple. Truss 6" across x 4" high, dome-shaped, with 12-15 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years, 5" x 2", narrowly elliptic to elliptic, acute, oblique, glabrous, between 5 GY 4/3 and 3/2. Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 5' tall x 3' wide in 10 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -15 F.
ORANGE DELIGHT: ('Lady Berry' x R. xanthocodon) x 'Lady Roseberry'. Cross (1967), raised, and introduced by Carl G. Heller, M.D., Poulsbo, WA. Flowers funnel-shaped, 5 cm. x 5 cm., with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Orange Group 25C. Calyx negligible. Flower cluster 13 cm. across x 10 cm. high, lax, with 6 flowers. Leaves held 3 years, 6 cm. x 3 cm., elliptic to narrowly elliptic, acute, knobbed, cuneate, glossy, glabrous (glaucous when new), Green Group 137A, under surface with fairly closely spaced, very small to medium size, orange brown scales. Foliage has a spicy fragrance, especially when crushed. Plant upright, branching well, 8' tall x 4' wide in 11 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 12 F.

R. 'Queen Anne's'
R. 'Queen Anne's'
Photo by Henry T. Skinner

QUEEN ANNE'S: (R. brachycarpum x R. catawbiense) (an unnamed hybrid with fair, white bloom and excellent foliage; cross was made by registrant at Cornell Univ. in the early 1930s.) x unnamed white R. fortunei hybrid . Cross (1959), raised, and introduced (1977) by Dr. Henry T. Skinner, Bowie, MD. Buds light violet 2.5 P 7/7 (Nickerson). Flowers of heavy substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 (sometimes 6-7) wavy lobes, very pale violet 2.5 P 8/4, quickly fading to clear white as flowers open, with no markings. Calyx minute, light green. Truss 4" x 4", ball-shaped, with 10-13 flowers. No stamens: all fused and petaloid to" long. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 2", elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, glossy, olive green 5 GY 4/3-3/2. Plant rounded, branching moderately, 3' x 3' in 4 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 0 F. Abundant snowball trusses of pure white, attractively doubled, Anemone or Gardenia-like flowers have made this selection a recurring attention catcher. It could be more vigorous, and perhaps would be, if it did not flower quite so freely.
RAYDEL: 'Unique' x 'Mrs. W. C. Slocock'. Cross (1950) by Del W. James. Raised (for a bout 10 years) by Ernie Allen; then by Amy A. Hitchcock, Eugene, OR. Named and introduced by Mrs. Hitchcock. Buds Neyron Rose 623/1 (H.C.C.). Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Mimosa Yellow 602/3 throat tinged chartreuse, lobe edges shaded Neyron Rose. Calyx ⅜", green. Truss 7-7" across x 4-5" high, ball-shaped, with 12-14 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 3-4" x 1-1⅞", elliptic, mucronate, cuneate to almost rounded, inconspicuously hairy (mostly along edges), Yellow Green Group 147A. New growth with red-tipped, light green bracts. Plant rounded, branching well, 80" tall x 82" wide in 27 years. Blooms in mid-April. Hardy to at least -12 F.
RIBBON CANDY: A Deciduous azalea. R. viscosum x R. arborescens. Cross (1965) by Edmund V. Mezitt. Raised and introduced (1975) by Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, MA. Buds. Red Group 54A. Flowers Tubular funnel-shaped, 1" across x 1" long, with 5 evenly rounded, reflexed lobes, very fragrant, Red Group 55A with yellow blotch on dorsal lobe and with white throat and white stripes (fairly wide) up center of each lobe to tip, reverse with spotted lines of red glands and/or hairs up center of each lobe from base. Calyx 1/8", bright green, hairy. Flower cluster 4" across x 2"' high, flat, with 18-20 flowers. Leaves 2" x ", narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, concave, hairy along edges, otherwise glabrous, glossy, yellowish-green. Plant upright, branching well with stiff branches, 4' tall x 3' wide in 10 years. Blooms in late June, early July. Hardy to at least -10 F.
SPATTER PAINT: A selection of R. irroratum from the Dr. Joseph F. Rock 1948 Expedition. Number is unknown. Seed grown by John Henny and seedling grown, selected, and distributed (1961-2) by Cecil C. Smith, St. Paul, OR. Described and registered by Meldon Kraxberger, Portland, OR. Buds Red Group 51B (Rhodonite Red). Flowers campanulate, 2" x 2", with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Red Group 49B (Venetian Pink), with heavy spotting Red Group 53B over entire corolla from ⅛" of lobe edges to base. Calyx ", 53B. Truss 4" across x 2" high, flat, with 13 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 4 years, 4-5" x 1-1", narrowly elliptic, acute with apiculus, cuneate, glabrous, midrib deeply grooved, somewhat convex, tip down-turned, dull, Yellow Green Group 147A. New growth with red bracts and Greyed Orange Group 174A foliage. Plant upright, branching well, 6' tall x 5' wide in 12 years. Blooms early to mid-March. Hardy to at least 5 F.

R. 'Springfield'
R. 'Springfield'
Photo by Harold Greer

SPRINGFIELD: 'Umpqua Chief' x 'Fawn'. Cross by Del James. Raised from seed and introduced (11968) by Harold E. Greer, Greer Gardens, Eugene, OR. (First flowered in 1960). Synonym: James #200. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, strong pink 2.5 R 7/8 (Nickerson) with slight dorsal spotting vivid red 5 R 5/13 and darker ring of color at base of throat. Calyx ⅛", green. Truss 6" across x 4" high, flat, with 11 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 1-2 years, 5"' x 1", narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblong, acute, cuneate, glabrous, deep green. Plant upright, branching moderately, 5' x 5' in 10 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least 10 F.
STEWART MANVILLE: An advance generation hybrid of R. catawbiense, R. maximum, and, perhaps, unknown hybrids. Cross (1970), raised, and introduced by W. David Smith, Spring Grove, PA. Buds strong purplish red 7.5 R P 4 / 11 (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, moderate purplish red 5 RP 4/10, with deep greenish yellow 10 Y 6/7 spotting. Calyx ", brilliant yellow green 2.5 GY 8/9. Truss 6" across x 5" high, ball-shaped, with 14 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 4" x 1", elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, moderate olive green 5 GY 4/3. Plant upright, branching well with stiff branches, 6' tall x 5' wide in 7 years. Blooms mid- to late May. Hardy to at least -15 F.
SUMMER ROSE: R. maximum x 'Romany Chai'. Cross ( 1955) and raised by Dr. Robert L. Ticknor. Raised (after 1959) and introduced (1973) by Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, MA. Flowers widely funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Red Purple Group 60D with considerable dark red purple dorsal lobe spotting. Calyx ", red purple. Truss 5" across x 4" high, ball-shaped, with 8-12 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 4-5" x 1-1", narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, dark yellowish-green, under surface with thin, tan to golden indumentum (becomes less visible with age). New growth silvery grey tomentose. New stems red, very noticeable all year. Plant upright, rounded, 4' tall x 4' wide in 10 years. Blooms 2nd week of June. Hardy to at least -10 F.
WESTON: Parents unknown. Cross (between 1925-42) and raised by Charles O. Dexter. Among seedling from Dexter Estate grown by Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, MA. Selected in 1950's by Edmund and Peter Mezitt and introduced in 1958. Flowers widely funnel-campanulate, 2" x 2", with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Red Group 55B (Neyron Rose) with golden spotting in dorsal lobe sector, reverse Red Purple Group 64D. Calyx minute, yellowish-green. Truss 6" across x 4" high, dome-shaped, somewhat open, with 8-10 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 3-4" x 1 -2", elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 146B. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 4' tall x 6' wide in 10 years. Blooms in late May, early June. Hardy to at least -10 F. Flowers are a different shape than most of the Dexters. Plant does not bloom when young.
WHITE SQUATTER. A Linwood hardy evergreen azalea. Parents unknown. Cross (1966), raised, and introduced (1978) by G. Albert Reid, Linwood, NJ. Buds Yellow Green Group 149C. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 + 5 (hose-in-hose), wavy lobes, White Group 155D with 1" x 1", 149C blotch (containing 149A spotting) in dorsal 3 lobe sector. Calyx whorl -1", colored as corolla. Flower cluster 3" across x 2" high, flat, 2-3-flowered. Leaves held well through winter, 1" x", narrowly obovate, mucronate, cuneate, glossy, Yellow Green Group 146A, inconspicuously hairy on both surfaces. Plant broad, creeping, branching moderately, 10" tall x 18' wide in 4 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least 5 F.


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