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Volume 37, Number 3
Summer 1983

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American Rhododendron Society Plant Registry

Color designations below refer to the Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 1966, unless otherwise stated.

AMY JANE: R. yakushimanum x 'Earl of Athlone'. Cross by Don Stanton, Australia. Seed in A.R.S Seed Exchange 1970 - #490. Raised and introduced (1980) by Edwin (Ted) Anderson, Longview, WA. Buds Red Purple Group 58B. Flowers funnel-shaped to widely funnel-campanulate, 2" x 2", with 5 wavy, emarginate lobes, Red Group 55C with very narrow edging 58B, no markings, reverse 58C with stripes (ribs) 58B down center of each lobe to base. Calyx minute, edged red. Truss 6" across x 3" high, dome-shaped, somewhat open at top, with 11 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2+ years, 4" x 1", narrowly elliptic to elliptic, acute, cuneate, somewhat revolute, with dorsal mid-rib considerably indented, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 147B-C, under surface with medium, Greyed Orange Group 164B, indumentum. New growth greyish-green tomentose. Plant rounded, branching well, 3' tall x 3' wide in 12 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 10°F.

BETTY ANDERSON: 'Van Nes Sensation' x ('Mars' x 'Purple Splendour'). Cross (1975), raised, and introduced by Edwin (Ted) Anderson, Longview, WA. Buds reddish-purple. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-shaped, 4" across x 1" deep, with 6-7 wavy lobes (lower lobes somewhat rolled and twisted), with wide (+") edging, Purple Violet Group 81 C shading to Violet Group 84C to near white in centers of lobes and in throat, ±1" x " spotted area, Yellow Green Group 146D on dorsal and sometimes somewhat on adjacent lobes and upper throat, reverse darker colored with wide reddish stripes down centers of lobes to base. Calyx with 2 dorsal lobes prominent +⅛", remainder negligible, green to reddish-green (dorsal). Truss 6" x 6", ball-shaped, with 8-10 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2+ years 7" x 3", elliptic to somewhat narrowly elliptic, somewhat convex, apiculate, cuneate to rounded, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 147B. Plant upright, rounded, branching well with stiff branches, 4' tall x 3' wide in 6-8 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 10°F.

BONNIE SNAZA: 'Van Nes Sensation' x ('Mars' x 'Purple Splendour'). Cross (1975), raised, and introduced by Edwin (Ted) Anderson, Longview, WA. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 1" long, with 5-7 wavy, re-curved and/or somewhat rolled lobes, Red Purple Group 70B-C-D, with almost black, prominent blotch in throat of dorsal lobe sector, red stain (") around base of corolla as lateral extension of blotch, with heavy spotting Red Purple Group 59A on dorsal lobe as prolongation of blotch, reverse with darker veins down centers of lobes to base. Calyx ⅛", yellowish-green, edged red. Truss 6" across x 7" tall, ball-shaped, with 13-17 flowers. Leaves held 2+ years, 5" x 2", narrowly elliptic, flat, acute, cuneate to rounded, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 146A. Plant upright, branching well, with stiff branches, 36" tall x 26" wide in 6 years Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 10°F.

DANCING BUTTERFLY: An Eden hybrid evergreen azalea. Parentage unstated. Cross (1965), raised, and introduced (1980) by W. David Smith, Spring Grove, PA. Buds white with red tints. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, white, 3 dorsal lobes with heavy Red Purple Group 60C spotting and Purple Group 77B stripes. Calyx ⅜", yellow green. Inflorescence 2-3-flowered. Floriferous. Leaves held 2-3 years, 2" x 1", elliptic to somewhat narrowly obovate, flat, apiculate (knobbed), narrowly cuneate, moderately setose, Yellow Green Group 146A-B, ciliate, under surface with longer and more closely spaced golden setae. Plant upright, branching well, 5' tall x 4' wide in 15 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -10°F.

DEBORAH ALICE: Knap Hill azalea of unknown parentage. Cross (c. 1965) and seedling grown by Peter Girard, Geneva, OH. Raised and registered by Robert K. Peters, Bendersville, PA. To be distributed by Raymond Carter, Bull Valley Nursery, Aspers, PA. Buds brilliant yellow 2.5Y 9/9 (Nickerson). Flowers tubular funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 wavy lobes, fragrant, white with vivid yellow 2.5Y 8/12 blotch in dorsal lobe sector, shaded brilliant yellow 2.5Y 9/9 along sides of blotch and on adjacent lobes at intersections of 3 dorsal lobes, reverse 2.5Y 9/9. Calyx ⅛", strong yellow green 2.5GY 6/8. Terminal floral cluster 3 - 4" across x 2 -2" high, composed of 2-3 trusses, each 6-9-flowered, usually total of 12-20 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves small, 3" x 1⅛", oblanceolate, unusually concave, acute, cuneate, dull, moderate olive green 5GY 4/3, ciliate, under surface setose. Plant upright, rounded, semi-dwarf, branching well, compact, 4' tall x 2' wide in 10 years. Blooms in late May. Plant hardy to at least -25F; buds -18F.

DELENDICH: R. catawbiense hybrid seedling x R. maximum. Cross (1969), raised, and introduced (1979) by W. David Smith, Spring Grove, PA. Buds Red Purple Group 71B-A. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 ribbed, rolled, pointed, slightly frilled lobes, 71D-C with dorsal spotting 71A. Calyx 1", pale yellow green. Truss 6" across x 4" high, dome-shaped, with 18 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years, 5" x 2", between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, acute, cuneate to rounded, glabrous, near Yellow Green Group 146A. Plant upright, branching well with stiff branches, 7' tall x 4' wide in 10 years. Blooms in mid May. Hardy to at least -25°F.

EARL J. REED: 'Fair Lady' x 'Loderi Venus'. Cross (1969) by George W. Clarke. Raised and introduced by Edwin (Ted) Anderson, Longview, WA. Buds "hot" pink. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 1" long, with 6 evenly rounded lobes, white, shaded Red Purple Group 68B-C particularly near lobe edges, and with colored veins from within throat to lobe edges, small irregular, narrow rays Red Group 53B deep in throat with 2 dorsal rays much longer (") than remainder, reverse 68B with darker stripes down center of each lobe. Stamens 0-4, aborted, very short (less than "). Calyx negligible, green. Truss 6" x 6", ball-shaped, with 13 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2+ years, 3 - 5" x 1 - 2", elliptic, flat, apiculate, rounded, glabrous. Yellow Green Group 148A. Plant upright, rounded, branching well with somewhat willowy branches, 5' tall x 4' wide in 10 years. Blooms in mid-April. Hardy to at least 10°F.

ED KNIGHT: 'Mars' x 'Loderi King George'. Cross (1963) by Dr. Ben Briggs. Raised and introduced by Ed Knight, S helton, WA. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 5 frilled lobes. Red Purple Group 66C, with inconspicuous spotting Greyed Orange Group 171A on dorsal lobe. Calyx 2-4 mm., light green, red fringed. Truss 9" across x 7" tall, dome-shaped, with 19 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 6" x 2", narrowly elliptic to elliptic, flat, apiculate, cuneate to rounded, glabrous. Green Group 137B. Plant upright, branching well, 7' tall x 5' wide in 17 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 16°F.

EDMOND MOULIN: R. catawbiense hybrid seedling x R. maximum hybrid seedling. Cross (1968), raised, and introduced (1979) by W. David Smith, Spring Grove, PA. Buds Red Purple Group 67A Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5, ribbed, emarginate lobes, 67B-C, with prominent dorsal blotch Greyed Yellow Group 160A. Calyx 1", pale yellow green. Truss 6" across x 5" high, ball-shaped, with 22 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years, 4-5" x 1-2", narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, acute with apiculus, cuneate, grossly glabrous, Yellow Green Group 147A. Plant upright, broad, branching well, 6' tall x 5' wide in 13 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -25F.

ELIZABETH SCHOLTZ: R. maximum x R. catawbiense hybrid seedling. Cross (1962) raised, and introduced (1980) by W. David Smith, Spring Grove, PA. Buds Red Purple Group 63A. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, 63B with very narrow edging 63A and dorsal spotting 64A. Calyx 1", pale yellow green. Truss 7" across x 6" high, dome-shaped, with 22 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 3 years, 4" x 2", elliptic, acute, cuneate to rounded, glabrous, Green Group 137A. Plant upright, rounded, branching well, 8' tall x 5' wide in 19 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -25°F.

FLORENCE RINEHIMER: R. maximum x catawbiense hybrid seedling. Cross (1971), raised, and introduced (1980) by W. David Smith, Spring Grove, PA. Buds Red Purple Group 67B. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, 68A with dorsal spotting Yellow Green Group 153A. Calyx 1", pale yellow green. Truss 6" across x 5" high, ball-shaped to dome-shaped, with 16 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 3 years, 4-5" x 1⅝-2", between elliptic and narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 147A. Plant upright, branching well, 7' tall x 5' wide in 10 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -25°F.

GLENDA FARRELL: A Dexter Hybrid. Reputedly a hybrid of the Fortunei subseries. Cross (before 1943) and raised by Charles O. Dexter, Shawme Farm (now Heritage Plantation), Sandwich, MA. Raised (after ± 1950-1) by Dr. and Mrs. (Glenda Farrell) Henry Ross, Brewster, NY. Selected by William Efinger and Edmond Amateis. Introduced (1959) by Efinger. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Registered by the John J. Tyler Arboretum, Lima, OH. Synonym: Ross RR. Detailed historical information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 1" long, with 5-7 wavy to slightly frilled lobes, strong purplish red 7.5RP 5/12 (Nickerson), with deep purplish red 7.5RP 3/9 spotting on dorsal and somewhat on adjacent 2 lobes, spotting becomes a nearly solid blotch near base of dorsal lobe. Calyx ⅛", light yellow green. Truss 6" x 6", ball-shaped, with 13 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4-5" x 1", elliptic to narrowly elliptic to slightly narrowly obovate to oblanceolate, margin slightly undulate, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, moderate olive green 5GY 4/3. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 6' tall x 9' wide in 23 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -5°F.

GOLDEN JUBILEE: Perhaps a R. decorum hybrid. Cross (c. 1930), raised, named, and introduced (probably late 1930's) by Reginald Alfred Pearce, Kenmore, WA. Registered and reintroduced now by Elsie M. Watson, Kirkland, WA. Plant had some distribution in earlier times. Synonym: Pearce's Golden Jubilee. Buds Red Group 55B. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 7 wavy to frilled lobes, very fragrant, Red Group 55C, ⅛" edging 56D, 4 dorsal rays beginning deep in throat, Yellow Green Group 152B, spotting on 3 dorsal lobes Yellow Green Group 151A, reverse Red Group 56A. Calyx ⅛", Green Group 143C. Truss 5" x 5", ball-shaped, with 9 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 7" x 2", narrowly elliptic to slightly oblanceolate, concave, margin undulate, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 146A. Some new foliage at flowering time. Plant upright growing, broad, open, branching moderately, 18" tall x 15" wide in 6 years. Blooms early to Mid-May. Hardy to at least 0°F.

GREAT EASTERN: A Dexter hybrid. Reputedly a hybrid of the Fortunei subseries. Cross (before 1943) and raised by Charles O. Dexter, Shawme Farm (now Heritage Plantation), Sandwich, MA. Named by Dorothy Knippenburg. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. First distributed ±1955. Introduced and registered now by Arthur H. Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Synonym: Dexter #109. Detailed historical information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5-6 wavy lobes, fragrant, deep purplish pink 7.5RP 6/12 (Nickerson) paling to light purplish pink 7.5RP 8/5 and pale purplish pink 7.5RP 9/2 toward center, with 4 dorsal rays, strong greenish yellow 10Y 7/9, two " rays in throat of dorsal lobe sector, single " rays in throat of each adjacent lobe, dorsal lobe with faint spotting brilliant greenish yellow 10Y 9/9 becoming nearly solid (blotch) near rays. Calyx 5/8", pale yellow green. Truss 6" x 6", ball-shaped, with 16 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 4" x 2", elliptic, flat, margin slightly undulate, mucronate, rounded, glabrous, new leaves glossy, moderate yellow green 5GY 5/6. Plant broad, rounded, branching moderately, 6' tall x 8' wide in ±20 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -5°F.

GWEN'S PINK: 'Loderi King George' x 'Azor'. Cross (1960) and raised by Grady E. Barefield. Named, registered, and introduced by Mary W. Barefield, Seattle, WA. Buds Red Group 52B. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 3" long, with 7 wavy lobes, very fragrant. Red Group 55C, shading to 56A in throat and at lobe edges. Red Group 50B, " blotch in dorsal throat with peripheral spotting on dorsal lobe. Calyx ⅛", Yellow Green Group 145A. Truss 7" x 7", ball-shaped, with 9 flowers. Leaves held 1-2 years, 6" x 1 - 2", narrower than oblanceolate, convex, cuspidate, cuneate, glabrous, Green Group 137B. Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 12' tall x 8' wide in 22 years. Blooms in early June. Hardy to at least 4°F.

HEART'S DELIGHT: 'Mrs. A.T. de la Mare' x 'Britannia'. Cross (1964), raised, and introduced (1973) by Alma Manenica, Aberdeen, WA. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 5-7 frilled lobes, China Rose o24/1, (H.C.C.) shading to Rose Red 724 at lobe edges, with Cardinal Red 822 blotch in throat becoming spots on dorsal lobes. Calyx uneven to ⅜", green shading to pink. Truss 8" across x 7" high, flat, with 14 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 2", elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, dull green. Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 8' tall x 6' wide in 13 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 10°F.

KINGSTON: 'Lem's Cameo' x 'Polynesian Sunset'. A.R.S. Seed Exchange 78-502. Cross (1977) by Audrey Holmeide, Aberdeen, WA. Raised and introduced by Alice Poot Smith, Kingston, WA. Buds Orange Red Group 35A. Flowers of good substance, open-funnel-campanulate, 3" x 3", with 7 wavy to frilled lobes (dorsal lobes reflexed), Orange Group 29C (changing to Yellow Orange Group 20C after 2 weeks), with " edging Red Group 51A (becoming Red Group 44D with age), heavy spotting Greyed Orange Group 172A in dorsal 3 lobe sector (from throat almost to lobe edges), Red 53A stain deep in throat, reverse with broad ribs and edging Red Group 51A (becoming 44D with age), shaded lighter between ribs. Stigma bright green. Calyx leafy to 1", Red Group 51A. Truss 8" across x 7" high, lax, with 8-10 flowers. Flower pedicels quite apparent, Greyed Red Group 180A. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years 5-6" x 1⅞ - 2", oblanceolate, slightly convex, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, glossy, Green Group 137A. New foliage Greyed Orange Group 173 with red bracts. Plant upright, broad, rounded, branching well with stiff branches, 29" tall x 28" wide in 4 years. Blooms mid-May. Hardy to at least 5°F.

LEMON GIRL: R. carolinianum (selected "yellowish" seedling) x R. lutescens. Cross (1967), raised, and introduced (1978) by Louis B. Mraw, Trenton, N.J. Buds Yellow Group 13C. Flowers widely funnel-shaped, 1 x 1", with 5 evenly rounded lobes. Yellow Group 8D, with Green Yellow Group 1A to Yellow Group 13A dorsal spotting. Calyx minute, yellow green. Terminal floral cluster dome-shaped, flat, 4-4" across x 2-3" high, composed of 1-3 trusses, each 7-14-flowered. Free flowering. Leaves 3" x 1", narrowly elliptic, acuminate, narrowly cuneate, glabrous, glossy, Yellow Green Group 147B to 148A, under surface with medium size, moderately spaced, golden brown scales (not too visible without lens). Leaves Brown Group 200B in winter. Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 4' tall x 3⅔' wide in 13 years. Blooms late April, early May. Hardy to at least -10°F.

MARGARET OLIVE: Knap Hill azalea of unknown parentage. Cross (c. 1965) and seedling grown by Peter Girard, Geneva, OH. Raised and registered by Robert K. Peters, Bendersville, PA. To be distributed by Raymond Carter, Bull Valley Nursery, Aspers, PA. Flowers tubular funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, fragrant, brilliant yellow 5Y 9/9 (Nickerson), ⅛ - 3/16" moderate orange yellow 7.5YR 8/8 edging on 2 lobes adjacent to dorsal lobe which has fan-shaped central area of spotting vivid yellow 2.5Y 8/12, reverse moderate orange yellow 7.5YR 8/8. Calyx insignificant. Truss 6" across x 4" high, flat, with 10 flowers. Leaves 4" x 1", narrowly obovate, flat, acute, cuneate, upper surface slightly setose, moderate olive green 5GY 4/3, ciliate, under surface moderately setose and hairy. Plant upright, broad, may be open in shade, branches moderately, with stiff, upright branches, 7' tall x 4' wide in 17 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -25°F.

MARGARET VICTORIA: (R. decorum x R. griersonianum) x 'America'. Cross (1941), raised, and introduced by Joseph B. Gable. Named and registered by Robert K. Peters, Bendersville, PA. Synonym: Degram 15-59. Buds strong reddish purple 2.5RP 5/10 (Nickerson). Flowers openly funnel-shaped, with 5-6 wavy lobes, moderate purplish pink 10P 7/7, small blotch deep in throat dark red 2.5R 3/7, spotting dark orange yellow 10YR 6/8 in dorsal and somewhat on adjacent lobe sectors. Calyx negligible. Truss 5" across x 2" high, dome-shaped, with 8-10 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4" x 1⅔", narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblong, convex to slightly revolute, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, glossy, dark yellowish green 2.5G 4/6. Plant upright, rounded, branching moderately 4' x 4' in 15 years. Blooms in late May. Plant is hardy to at least -25°F; buds to -18°F. (Registrant notes that plant's wood is very brittle; thus, plant requires protection from winter snow and ice. The plant in bloom is of such great beauty to merit this extra care, however.)

MARIE GIASI. R. catawbiense hybrid seedling x R. maximum. Cross (1969), raised, and introduced (1980) by W. David Smith, Spring Grove, PA. Buds Red Purple Group 61A shaded to 61C toward base. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 evenly rounded (heavily ribbed) lobes, Red Purple Group 63A, with Red Purple Group 71A dorsal spotting on white background. Calyx 1", pale yellow green. Truss 4" across x 6" high, conical, with 17 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 3 years, 4" x 1", between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, apiculate, cuneate to rounded, grossly glabrous, Green Group 137A. Plant broad, branching well, 5' tall x 6' wide in 11 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -25°F.

MARJ ANDERSON: 'Anna' x 'Captain Jack'. Cross (1966) and raised by Grady E. Barefield. Named, registered, and introduced by Mary W. Barefield, Seattle, WA. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 4" long, with 5-6 wavy to frilled lobes, fragrant, Red Group 36C with Red Group 48B dusting on top, with " Red Group 55B edging, Orange Red Group 33A, V-shaped, dorsal blotch with peripheral spotting deep in throat, reverse 55B. Calyx 1", Red Group 36C. Truss 8" across x 7" high, dome-shaped, with 11 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 6" x 2", narrowly elliptic to slightly lanceolate, margin undulate, apiculate, rounded to slightly cordate, glabrous, glossy, Green Group 137A. Plant upright, branching moderately, 4' tall x 3' wide in 16 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 4°F.

PEARCE'S AMERICAN BEAUTY: Parentage uncertain; perhaps 'Mrs. Chas. S. Sargent' x 'Dr. H.C. Dresselhuys'. Cross (c. 1930), raised, named, and introduced (probably late 1930's) by Reginald Alfred Pearce, Kenmore, WA. Registered and reintroduced now by Elsie M. Watson, Kirkland, WA. Plant had some distribution in earlier times. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 3" long, with 5 frilled lobes, Red Purple Group 71C-D. spotting Yellow Green Group 153B in upper dorsal lobes' sector, three 1" x 1" dorsal, white rays from base of corolla into spotting. Calyx minute, Yellow Green Group 146C. Truss 7" across x 6" high, ball-shaped, slightly flat, with 18 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2-3 years, 7" x 3", elliptic, flat, acute, cuneate, glabrous, dull, Yellow Green Group 147A. Plant broad, branching well, with decumbent branches ±6' tall x ±6' wide in 10 years. Blooms in mid-June. Hardy to at least 0°F.

PURPLE ANNA: 'Anna' x 'Ole Olson'. Cross (1961) and raised by Grady E. Barfield. Named, registered, and introduced (1976) by Mary W. Barefield, Seattle, WA. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-shaped, 3" x 3", with 5 wavy lobes, Red Purple Group 70B, " lobe edging Purple Violet Group 80B, " blotch on dorsal lobe Red Purple Group 59B with peripheral spotting from blotch to lobe edging, Red Purple Group 68B to 59B, reverse 70B. Calyx minute, rose. Truss 6" across x 4" high, dome-shaped, 11-12-flowered. Leaves held 3 years, 5 x 1", narrowly elliptic, flat, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, Green Group 137C. Plant upright, rounded, branching moderately, 6' tall x 4' wide in 20 years. Blooms in early June. Hardy to at least 4°F.

QUIET QUALITY: A Dexter hybrid. Reputedly a hybrid of the Fortunei subseries. Cross (before 1943) and raised by Charles 0. Dexter, Shawme Farm (now Heritage Plantation), Sandwich, MA. Raised (after ±1950-1) by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Ross, Brewster, NY. Selected by William Efinger and Edmund Amateis. Introduced (1959) by Efinger. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Registered by the John J. Tyler Arboretum, Lima, OH. Synonym: Ross QQ. Detailed historical information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5-6 wavy to frilled lobes, fairly wide moderate purplish pink 10P 7/7 (Nickerson) edging shading to white in lobe centers and throat, brilliant yellow green 2.5GY 9/8 spotting on white area of dorsal lobe and slightly in adjacent 2 lobes (in white area nearest dorsal lobe). Calyx minute, light yellow green. Truss 6" across x 5" high, ball-shaped, with 9 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4-5" x 1-2", narrowly elliptic to elliptic, flat to slightly wavy, apiculate, cuneate to rounded, glabrous, glossy, moderate olive green 2.5GY 4/3. Plant upright, rounded, branching moderately, 9' tall x 8' wide in 22 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -10°F.

SPUN GOLD: 'Mrs. Lammot Copeland' x a late deep yellow of unknown parentage. Cross (1969) by H.L. Larson, Tacoma, WA. Raised and introduced (1980) by Woodrow Robertson, Algona, WA. Flowers openly campanulate, 3" across x 2" long, with 5-6 wavy lobes (dorsal lobes somewhat reflexed, lower more or less rolled), Yellow Orange Group 18A, 2 red, 1" long x " wide, rays in dorsal throat, with red spotting (small spots) on dorsal 3-4 lobes. Calyx leafy, 1-1'', colored as corolla. Truss 6" across x 3" high, lax, with 12-14 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 3" x 1", elliptic, flat, apiculate, cuneate, dull, glabrous, Green Group 137B. Plant upright, branching well, 3' tall x 2' wide in 10 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least 0F.

SUNLIGHT: A deciduous azalea. A form of R. bakeri, grown (1968), selected and introduced by Polly Hill (Mrs. Julian W.), Barnard's Inn Farm, Vineyard Haven, MA, from seed collected in the wild on Gregory Bald, GA, by Olin Holmsomback, Chickamauga, GA. Buds red, strongly ribbed, light green hairy. Flowers narrowly tubular funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, flat-faced, with 5 re-curved lobes (3 dorsal are frilled). Red Group 43B (Scarlet) to 41B (Vermillion), edged 45D (Blood Red), throat Orange 24B (Tangerine Orange), reverse 27B (Salmon). Calyx ⅛ - '', light green. Terminal floral cluster flat, usually 4" across x 1-3" high, composed of 2 trusses, each 5-6-flowered. Floriferous. Leaves 2⅛" x 1⅛", narrowly obovate to elliptic, convex, acute, narrowly cuneate, glabrous, dull, bullate, Yellow Green Group 147A, ciliate, under surface midrib pubescent and hirsute. Plant upright, broad, rangy, branching moderately with some arching, 6' x 6' in 14 years. Branches graceful, growing in wide, flat tiers. Blooms in mid-July. Hardy to at least -5°F.

SUPERGOLD: 'Hotei' x 'Joanita'. Cross (1974), raised, and introduced by John G. Lofthouse, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Buds orange yellow. Flowers of good substance, openly campanulate, 2" across x 1" long, with 5-6 wavy lobes, lobe edges Yellow Orange Group 15D, lobes 16C, throat 16B, small (near "), red orange blotch deep in dorsal throat, reverse 16A, Orange Group 29B-C markings between lobes or on lobe edges (front and back) on about 20% of flowers. Color effect is bright gold. Calyx negligible. Truss 6" across x 5" high, ball-shaped to somewhat flat, with 15 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 1 years, 3" x 1", elliptic, convex, obtuse with apiculus, cuneate to rounded, glabrous, glossy, deep green, under surface with very light sprinkling of appressed light tan hairs visible only with lens. Plant upright, branching well with stiff branches, 3' tall x 3' wide in 7 years. Blooms early to mid-April. Hardy to at least 0F.

SWAMP BEAUTY: 'Purple Splendour' x 'Loderi Superlative'. Cross (1968), raised, and introduced (1976) by James A. Elliott, Astoria, OR. Buds near Magnolia Purple o30/1, (H.C.C.). Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 5-6 wavy lobes, Roseine Purple 629/1, shading to white in lower throat, dorsal lobe and slightly on adjacent lobes (when 5-lobed) or dorsal 2 lobes (when 6-lobed) heavily spotted Maroon 1030/2, spots coalesce to solid, large blotch in dorsal throat to corolla base, remainder of corolla base (deep in throat) with small, uneven blotch, near Ruby Red 827/3. Calyx negligible, light green. Truss 7" x 7", ball-shaped, with 1 8 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 1", narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, Spinach Green o960. Plant 5' tall x 4' wide in 10 years, upright, rounded, branching well. Blooms late May, early June. Hardy to at least 10°F.

TAMOSHANTER: A Knap Hill (Exbury) seedling; probably from open pollinated 'Gibraltar'. Grown from seed (1967) by James Caperci, Seattle, WA. Raised (after 1970) and introduced (±1975) by Barbara McDonald (Mrs. Vance), Seattle, WA. Flowers tubular funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 very frilled lobes, fragrant, Orange Group 26B shading to 26A (both Spanish Orange), dorsal flare Yellow Orange Group 23A (Cadmium Orange), throat Yellow Orange Group 18A (Amber Yellow). Calyx ⅛", Green Group 143B. Truss 6" x 6", ball-shaped, with 16-17 flowers. Leaves 3-4" x 1⅜-1", elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, convex with slight twist, dull, ciliate. Yellow Green Group 144A, to rosy red with yellow shading in fall. Plant upright, branching moderately, 5' tall x 3' wide in 15 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least 0°F.

TODMORDEN: A Dexter hybrid. 'Pygmalion' x R. haematodes x Wellfleet (Dexter #8) (exact combination unknown). Cross (before 1943) by Charles O. Dexter, Shawme Farm (now Heritage Plantation), Sandwich, MA. Raised by Mrs. Arthur H. Scott, Media, PA. Grown at John J. Tyler Arboretum, Lima, OH. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Introduced (c. 1960) and registered now by the Arthur H. Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Distributed (c. 1966) by Indian Run Nursery, Robbinsville, NJ. Detailed historical information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West. 1978. Synonym: Scott #1. Pictured in Hybrids and Hybridizers following page 32 (Plate 10). Buds strong purplish red 7.5RP4/11 (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5-7 wavy to frilled lobes, deep purplish pink 7.5RP 6/12 edging shading to light purplish pink 7.5RP 8/5 in lobe centers and throat (this gradually fades to nearly white to give a bicolor effect), faint flecks light yellow green 2.5GY 8/9 on dorsal lobe, a few spots of deeper color on lower lobes, reverse deep purplish pink 7.5RP 6/12. Calyx ", green with deep purplish pink pointed lobes. Truss 6" x 6", ball-shaped, with 8-1 5 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 2", elliptic to nearly oblong, flat to slightly concave, obtuse with short apiculus, rounded to slightly cordate, glabrous, dull, moderate yellow green 5GY 5/6. Plant upright, rounded, branching moderately with decumbent branches 11' x 11' in 21 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -5°F.

TRACIGO: R. yakushimanum x R. sperabile. Cross (1963), raised, and introduced by Dr. David Goheen, Camas, WA. Buds Red Group 53C (Cardinal Red). Flowers of good substance, openly campanulate, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 wavy lobes, 55B-C (Neyron Rose) on outside, inside throat and lobes almost white, with a few 55D spots on dorsal lobe, 55B rays down outside of each lobe. Flowers give apple blossom effect with vivid contrast between brilliant red unopened buds and pink flower outsides and white interiors. Calyx minute, Neyron Rose. Truss 5" across x 4" high, dome-shaped, with 12 - 15 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 4 years, 3" x 1", elliptic to narrowly elliptic, mucronate to apiculate, rounded, flat to concave, glabrous, dark green, under surface with medium, easily rubbed off, Greyed Orange Group 169B indumentum. Plant upright, rounded, branching well, 5' tall x 6' wide in 17 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 5°F.

WINNING WAYS: A Dexter hybrid. Reputedly a hybrid of the Fortunei subseries. Cross (before 1943) and raised by Charles O. Dexter, Shawme Farm (now Heritage Plantation), Sandwich, MA. Raised (after ±1950-1) by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Ross, Brewster, NY. Selected by William Efinger and Edmund Amateis. Introduced (1959) by Efinger. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Registered by the John J. Tyler Arboretum, Lima, OH. Synonym: Ross WW. Detailed historical information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 1" long with 5-6 frilled lobes, strong purplish red 7.5RP 4/11, (Nickerson) with " long rays, deep purplish red 7.5RP 3/9, deep in throat at base of each lobe, spotting of same color in dorsal lobe sector and nearby areas of adjacent 2 lobes, becoming very faint flecks over remainder of inner corolla. Calyx ⅛", light yellow green. Truss 5" across x 4" high, ball- to dome-shaped, with 10 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 2", elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, dull, near moderate olive green 2.5GY4/3. Plant broad, rounded, branching moderately, 6' tall x 7' wide in 22 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -5F.

YELLOW PETTICOATS: 'Hotei' x ('Pink Petticoats' x R. wardii) selfed. Cross (1974), raised, and introduced (1982) by John G. Lofthouse, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5-7 (usually 6), wavy lobes, Yellow Group 7B shading to 7D as 3/16" lobe edging, no markings. Calyx leafy, -1" (longest lobe at top of flower), colored as corolla. Truss 5" across x 4" high, ball-shaped to flat, with 15 flowers. Leaves held 1 years, 4" x 1", narrowly elliptic to elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, concave, glabrous, dark green. Plant rounded and compact, branching well, 3' x 3' in 8 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 0F. Plant is similar to 'Hotei' in flower, color, and form but trusses are larger, blooms earlier in life, and is more floriferous.


Volume 37, Number 3
Summer 1983

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