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Volume 38, Number 2
Spring 1984

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American Rhododendron Society Plant Registry

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

ANN ELIZABETH: R. yakushimanum (open pollinated). Seed collected (1970), raised, and introduced by John E. Ford, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, OH. Named by Plant Name Committee, Ohio State University. Registered by Secrest Arboretum. Buds strong purplish red 10RP 4/12 (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-campanulate, 4.8 cm. across x 4 cm. long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, strong reddish purple 2.5RP 5/10, throat pale pink, with strong yellow green, minor blotch in dorsal throat. Calyx 2 mm. Truss 15.4 cm. across x 12 cm. high, ball-to dome-shaped, with 11-15 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 12 cm. x 5.4 cm., near elliptic, acute, rounded, convex, glabrous, dull, moderate olive green 2.5GY 4/3, with light, patchy, buff indumentum (not too visible without lens). New growth grey tomentose. Plant upright, rounded, branching moderately, 84 cm. tall x 80 cm. wide in 12 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -20°F. (flower buds to -10°F.)

BEBITA: A Chinquapin Hill hybrid deciduous azalea. 'Orangeade' x R. austrinum. Cross (1966), raised, and introduced (1982, limited) by Gus and Thérèse Elmer, Jr. Pass Christian, MS. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 2¼" x 2¼", with 5 frilled lobes, quite fragrant, Orange Red Group 31A (Burnt Orange) with Orange Group 24A (Tangerine Orange) dorsal blotch. Truss 4-5" x 4-5", ball-shaped, with 12-14 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves 3-3¼" x ¾-1⅜", oblanceolate, acute with apiculus, narrowly cuneate, grossly glabrous, dull, Green Group 138B, ciliate, under surface pubescent (particularly along veins) and with a few setae along midrib (all visible with lens). Plant upright, branching rarely with stiff branches, 6' tall x 2' wide in 15 years. Blooms mid-, late April (in southern MS). Hardy to at least 0°F.

BURMA: 'Mars' x 'Fanfare'. Cross (1958), raised, and introduced (1982) by Dr. David G. Leach, North Madison, OH. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3¼" across x 1¼" long, with 5 slightly wavy lobes, redder than Red Group 53A (Cardinal Red) with heavy dorsal black spotting. Calyx minute, red. Truss 6" across x 6½" tall. Conical, with 17 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2-3 years, 5⅛" x 2¼", elliptic, acute, rounded, margin undulate, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 147A. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 6' tall x 9' wide in 19 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -20°F.

CONGO: R. catawbiense var. album x 'Goldfort'. Cross (1952), raised, and introduced (1972) by Dr. David G. Leach, North Madison, OH. Buds flushed Red Purple Group 63D (Spiraea Red). Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, white, with dorsal, basal, divided, ½", Greyed Yellow Group 162B, blotch of fused spots. Calyx minute, green. Truss 6" across x 5½" tall, ball-shaped, with 16 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 5½" x 2⅜", near elliptic, acute, rounded, flat, glabrous, semi-glossy, Green Group 137A. Plant broad, branching well, 7' tall x 10' wide in 31 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -23°F.

DEBRA TUOMALA: 'C.I.S.' x 'Noyo Chief'. Cross (1971), raised, named, and introduced by Carl Tuomala. Described and registered by Eugene R. German. Both of Fort Bragg, CA. Buds Red Group 53D. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 8.5 cm. across x 5.5 cm. long, with 7-8 wavy lobes, Yellow White Group 158C, throat Yellow Group 3C, inside and outside mottled Red Group 38B (Azalea Pink). Stigma green. Calyx 2 cm., leafy, Yellow Group 4D, shaded Red Group 38B. Truss 21 cm. across x 14 cm. high, flat, with 8 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 8.3-15 cm. x 2.3-4.7 cm., narrower than oblanceolate, acute with apiculus, cuneate, glabrous. Green Group 134A. Plant broad, branching well with stiff branches, 110 cm. tall x 95 cm. wide in 8 years. Blooms in mid-April (in central CA). Hardy to at least 15°F.

DOCTOR BOWMAN: A selected R. arboreum (lying between ssp. arboreum and ssp. delavayi). K.W. 21976 (Kingdon-Ward 1956 expedition). Collected on Mt. Victoria in southwestern Burma. Seed raised by Dr. Paul J. Bowman (1957). Plant further raised by, named, and registered by Carl Tuomala. Described by Eugene R. German. Introduced (1977) by Eleanor Philip, Trillium Lane Nursery. All of Fort Bragg, CA. Buds Greyed Purple Group 187A. Flowers campanulate, 3.6 cm. across x 4 cm. long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Red Group 53B (Cardinal Red), with Purple Group 79A nectaries at base of corolla. Calyx 3 mm., Red Group 54B. Truss 9 cm. across x 5 cm. high, flat, with 12 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 8-9 cm. x 2.8 cm., narrowly elliptic, apiculate, rounded, glabrous, glossy, dorsal veins somewhat impressed, Green Group 136A, with heavy, appressed, near Orange White Group 159A (silvery) indumentum on mature leaves (Greyed Green Group 192B on immature leaves). Plant broad, branching well with stiff branches, 66 cm. tall x 216 cm. wide in 7 years. Blooms December 20-February 20 (in central CA). Hardy to at least 12°F.

DOCTOR JAMES HITCHNER: A Linwood hardy evergreen azalea. Nellie (U.S. Plant Patent #2021, 1961; an unregistered Linwood hybrid) x 'Opal'. Cross (1970), raised, and introduced (1982) by G. Albert Reid, Linwood, NJ. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 2¼" across x 1¼" long, with 5 + 5 (hose-in-hose), evenly rounded to wavy lobes, Red Purple Group 68B (Roseine Purple) with 1½" x 1" blotch and spotting 63B (Spiraea Red) in dorsal 3 lobe sector. Calyx 1½", colored as corolla. 4-8 stamens. Inflorescence 3½" across x 2" high, 2-3-flowered. Leaves held well through winter, 1⅛-1¼" x ½-⅝", narrowly obovate to elliptic, mucronate, cuneate, flat, glossy, ciliate. Yellow Green Group 146A, both surfaces moderately setose (dorsal heavier) (with lens). Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 2½' x 2½' in 12 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 0°F.

EDWARD W. COLLINS: A Linwood hardy evergreen azalea. Nellie (U.S. Plant Patent #2021, 1961; an unregistered Linwood hybrid) x 'Opal'. Cross (1970), raised, and introduced (1982) by G. Albert Reid, Linwood, NJ. Flowers openly funnel shaped, 1½" across x 1" long, with 15-20 wavy lobes (hose-in-hose, double), Red Group 52C (Carmine Rose) with no markings. Calyx whorl ¾"-1", colored as corolla. No stamens. Inflorescence 2" across x 1¼" high, 3-flowered. Free flowering. Leaves held well through winter, ⅞-1" x ½", elliptic, mucronate, cuneate, concave, glossy, ciliate. Yellow Green Group 146B, upper surface moderately setose, under surface rarely setose (with lens). Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 2½' tall x 3' wide in 12 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 0°F.

HELEN DEEHR: 'Unknown Warrior' x 'Noyo Brave' Cross (1975), raised, and introduced by William A. Moynier, Los Angeles, CA. Flowers openly campanulate, 2¼" across x 1¼" long, with 5 wavy to frilled lobes, Red Group 52A (Crimson) with no markings. Calyx negligible. Truss 5" across x 4" tall, ball-shaped, with 14-16 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 3 years, 4½-5½" x 1⅝-2⅛", almost narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, convex, glabrous, dull, veins impressed, Yellow Green Group 147A, with medium amount, tan indumentum. New growth with creamy-tan tomentum. Plant full-foliaged, broad, rounded, branching well, 18" tall x 28" wide in 5½ years. Blooms in late February, early March (in southern CA). Hardy to at least 25°F. (Untested in cold areas )

JULIANN ELMER: A Chinquapin Hill hybrid deciduous azalea. 'Orangeade' x R. austrinum. Cross (1966), raised, and introduced by Gus and Thérèse Elmer, Jr. Pass Christian, MS. Flowers tubular funnel-shaped, 2½-3" across (face quite flat), with 5 evenly rounded to wavy lobes, quite fragrant, Yellow Orange Group 23C (Cadmium Orange), with Orange Red Group 30A (Nasturtium Red) blotch in dorsal lobe sector and 30A shading at tips of lobes and on reverse. Truss 4-4½" x 4-4½", ball-to dome-shaped, with 12-14 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves 3-3½" x 1-1½", near oblanceolate, acute with apiculus, narrowly cuneate, heavy texture, dull, Yellow Green Group 147B, ciliate, upper surface sparsely setose (with lens), under surface pubescent (with lens). Plant upright, branching well with stiff branches, 7' tall x 3½' wide in 15 years. Blooms in mid-, late April (in southern MS). Hardy to at least 0°F.

LYTA WAY: 'C.I.S.' x R. macrophyllum. Cross (1969), raised, named, and introduced by Carl Tuomala. Described and registered by Eugene R. German. Both of Fort Bragg, CA. Buds Red Group 50A (Claret Rose). Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 6.5 cm. across x 4.5 cm. long, with 5, quite wavy, re-curved lobes, Red Group 52C (Carmine Rose) with 52B (Carmine) shading at lobe edges and on reverse, with 53A&C (Cardinal Red) spotting on dorsal and somewhat on adjacent 2 lobes. Calyx 1.6 cm., Red Group 41 B. Truss 18 cm. across x 11 cm. tall, flat, with 13 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 14-19 cm. x 4-5.4 cm. narrowly elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous. Green Group 137A, with slight, patchy, yellow brown indumentum (with lens). Plant upright, branching well with stiff branches, 116 cm. tall x 106 cm. wide in 10 years. Blooms through May (in central CA). Hardy to at least 15°F.

MONACO: R. catawbiense album x [R. dichroanthum x (R. griffithianum x R. auriculatum)]. Cross (1952), raised, and introduced by Dr. David G. Leach, North Madison, OH. Buds Red Purple Group 63B (Spiraea Red). Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3¼" across x 2⅝" long, with 5 wavy lobes, Yellow Group 5D (Dresden Yellow) with ½", Red Purple Group 63D edging, with bold, dorsal, Yellow Green Group 153B blotch and spotting, reverse 63D with Yellow Group 8D at base. Calyx 1/16", green. Truss 7¼" across x 6" tall, flat, with 19 flowers. Leaves held 1 year, 5¼" x 1⅞", narrowly elliptic, apiculate, rounded to slightly cordate, glabrous, green group 137B. Plant rounded, branching well, 9' x 9' in 31 years. Blooms in late June. Hardy to at least -20°F.

MONTEGO: 'Sefton' x 'Purple Splendour'. Cross (1957), raised, and introduced by Dr. David G. Leach, North Madison, OH. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3¼" across x 2" long, with 5 frilled lobes, Purple Group 77B, suffused 77A (Violet Purple) around the perimeter, with dorsal Yellow Green Group 144C blotch on pale pink ground, aging to Red Purple Group 59B (Indian Lake). Calyx 1/16"-¼", greenish-white. Truss 7" x 7", ball-shaped, with 18 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 5¾" x 2⅝", elliptic, acute, rounded, glabrous, near Green Group 131 A. Stems of mature current growth near pink. Plant broad, branching moderately, 6' tall x 12' wide in 26 years. Blooms late May. Hardy to at least -15°F.

NORMANDY: Newburyport Beauty (Fowle #18) x Newburyport Belle (Fowle #19) (Both parents are unregistered Dexter hybrids.) Cross (1968), raised, and introduced (1983) by Dr. David G. Leach, North Madison, OH. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2⅞" across x 1¾" long, with 5-6 wavy lobes, Red Purple Group 73C flushed 73A around the perimeter, with dorsal spotting Orange Group 24B. Calyx of 2, 1/16", dorsal lobes, pink. Truss 6½" x 6½", ball-shaped, with 17 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 4⅞" x 2¼", elliptic, mucronate, rounded, slightly bullate, Yellow Green Group 146A. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 5' tall x 6½' wide in 15 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -20°F.

OHIO PINK: R. yakushimanum (open pollinated). Seed collected (1970), raised, and introduced by John E. Ford, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, OH. Named by Plant Name Committee, Ohio State University. Registered by Secrest Arboretum. Buds strong purplish red 10RP 4/12 (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-campanulate, 6 cm. across x 4 cm. long, with 5 wavy lobes, slightly fragrant, deep purplish pink 7.5RP 6/12, with minor dorsal, light olive brown spotting on pale purplish pink blotch in throat. Calyx 1 mm., brownish orange. Truss 12 cm. across x 8 cm. high, dome-shaped, with 12-13 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years 9-12.5 cm. x 3.5-4.5 cm., near narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate, flat, glabrous at maturity, glossy, grayish olive green 5GY 3/2, with light, patchy, golden-brown indumentum, especially hairy along midrib. New growth light brown tomentose. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 90 cm. tall x 120 cm. wide in 12 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -20°F.

OHIO PINK BLUSH: R. yakushimanum (open pollinated). Seed collected (1970), raised, and introduced by John E. Ford, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, OH. Named by Plant Name Committee, Ohio State University. Registered by Secrest Arboretum. Flowers widely funnel-shaped 6 cm. across x 4 cm. long, with 5 frilled lobes, slightly fragrant, pale purplish pink 2.5 RP 9/2 (Nickerson) (near white), with light purple shading at edge, with minor, strong yellow spotting in throat. Calyx 4 mm., dark orange yellow. Truss 10 cm. across x 7 cm. high, dome-shaped, with 7-13 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2-3 years, 10-12 cm. 4.5-5.5 cm., near elliptic, acute, somewhat auriculate and oblique to rounded, convex to concave (boat-shaped), glabrous, moderate yellow green 5GY 5/6, with light, patchy tan indumentum (not very visible without lens). New growth gray tomentose. Plant rounded, branching well, 82 cm. tall x 100 cm. wide in 12 years. Blooms in early June. Hardy to at least -17°F.

OHIO PINK GLO: R. yakushimanum (open pollinated). Seed collected (1970), raised, and introduced by John E. Ford, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, OH. Named by Plant Name Committee, Ohio State University. Registered by Secrest Arboretum. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-campanulate, 5.2 cm. across x 4 cm. long, with 5 wavy lobes, strong purplish pink 7.5RP 7/10 (Nickerson), with minor, dorsal light purplish pink 7.5RP 8/5 blotch and strong red spotting, reverse strong purplish red. Calyx 2 mm., greenish-pink. Truss 15 cm. across x 9 cm. tall, dome-shaped, with 15-18 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 10-12.5 cm. x 4.5-5.5 cm., near elliptic, acute, rounded, flat, glabrous, dull, light olive 10Y 5/5, with medium, patchy (noticeable punctate), yellow brown indumentum. New foliage with light brown tomentum. Plant upright, branching moderately, 125 cm. tall x 115 cm. wide in 12 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -17°F.

OHIO WHITE: R. yakushimanum (open pollinated). Seed collected (1970), raised, and introduced by John E. Ford, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, OH. Named by Plant Name Committee, Ohio State University. Registered by Secrest Arboretum. Flowers widely funnel-campanulate, 5 cm. across x 4.5 cm. long, with 5 frilled lobes, white with minor, dorsal, vivid yellow blotch in throat. Calyx 3mm. dark yellow 5Y 6/7 (Nickerson). Truss 14 cm. across x 10 cm. high, dome-shaped, with 8-10 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 9-10 cm. x 4.4-5 cm., elliptic to narrowly obovate, obtuse, cuneate to rounded, convex, glabrous, glossy, moderate yellow green 5GY 5/6, with very light, patchy, near yellow indumentum (visible only with lens). New foliage with light brown tomentum. Plant rounded, branching well, 90 cm. tall x 120 cm. wide in 12 years. Blooms in early June. Hardy to at least -15°F.

PAUL VOSSBERG: R. maximum x R. thomsonii. Cross (early 1960's). Cutting-grown plant raised (after 1965), and introduced (±1975) by Dorothy Knippenberg, Laurelwood Gardens, Pines Lake, Wayne, NJ. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2½" x 2½" with 5 wavy lobes, Cardinal Red 822/1, (H.C.C.) (R.H.S. Red Group 53B), with dark garnet blotch of spotting on dorsal lobe. Calyx ⅛", Cardinal Red. Truss 5" x 5", ball-shaped, with 13-15 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 5½" x 1⅞", between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, acute with apiculus, cuneate, flat, glabrous, Spinach Green o960, with sparse, scattered, patchy, tan indumentum (visible only with lens). Plant rounded, branching well, 6' x 6' in ±20 years. Blooms in June. Hardy to at least -10°F.

PINK WONDER: R. yakushimanum (open pollinated). Seed collected (1970), raised, and introduced by John E. Ford, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, OH. Named by Plant Name Committee, Ohio State University. Registered by Secrest Arboretum. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 4 cm. across x 3 cm. long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, strong reddish purple 1 OP 5/10 (Nickerson), with large, undefined area in throat light purplish pink with minor dorsal moderate yellow green spotting, reverse strong purplish red. Calyx 4mm. strong greenish yellow. Truss 12 cm. across x 8 cm. high, dome-shaped, with 12-13 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 8-10 cm. x 4.5-5.3 cm., elliptic, acute with apiculus, cuneate to rounded, flat to convex, quite leathery, glabrous, moderate olive green 5GY 4/3, with very light, patchy, gray-brown indumentum (with lens). New foliage light brown tomentose. Plant rounded, branching well, 77 cm. tall x 80-120 cm. wide in 12 years. Blooms in early June. Hardy to at least 0°F.

PUDDING: A Chinquapin Hill hybrid deciduous azalea. 'Orangeade' x R. austrinum. Cross (1966), raised, and introduced by Gus and Thérèse Elmer, Jr., Pass Christian, MS. Flowers widely funnel-shaped, 2½" x 2½", with 5 wavy to frilled, re-curved and somewhat rolled lobes, quite fragrant, Red Group 38A (Azalea Pink) with 39B (Jasper Red) shading at periphery and on reverse, with Yellow Orange Group 23A (Cadmium Orange) blotch in dorsal lobe sector. Truss 4-5" across x 3-4" high, somewhat flat, with 15-16 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves 3½-3¾" x 1¼-1½", between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, acute with apiculus, narrowly cuneate, quite smooth, dull, Yellow Green Group 147B, ciliate, upper surface moderately setose, under surface slightly pubescent (all seen with lens). Plant upright with stiff branches, 9' tall x 4' wide in 15 years. Blooms in mid-, late April (in southern MS). Hardy to at least 0°F.

RED SEA: R. maximum 'Mount Mitchell' (Leach) x ('Mars' x 'Fanfare'). Cross (1967), raised, and introduced (1983) by Dr. David G. Leach, North Madison, OH. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-shaped, 2¾" across x 1" long, with 5 (occasionally 6) evenly rounded lobes, Red Purple Group 60C, shading through 58B (Rose Red) to near white in throat, with dorsal Greyed Yellow Group 162A spotting on white ground, reverse uniformly 60C, shading lighter near calyx. Calyx ⅛-⅜", pale green tipped red. Truss 6½" x 6½", upright standing, with 20 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4½" x 1⅝", near narrowly elliptic, acute with apiculus, cuneate, glabrous, Green Group 137A, with thin, appressed indumentum, colorless (on young leaves) to fawn (on mature leaves). Flower buds with awns. New stems dark red in winter. Plant broad, branching well, 5' tall x 7' wide in 16 years. Blooms at end of June. Hardy to at least -23°F.

SAINT STANISLAUS: A Chinquapin Hill hybrid deciduous azalea. 'Orangeade' x R. austrinum. Cross (1966), raised, and introduced by Gus and Thérèse Elmer, Jr., Pass Christian, MS. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 2" x 2", with 5 wavy lobes, quite fragrant, Orange Red Group 31A (Burnt Orange) with Yellow Orange Group 23A (Cadmium Orange) blotch in dorsal lobe sector. Truss 3-4" across x 2½-3" high, somewhat flat, with 15 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves 3-3¼" x 1¼-1½", between oblanceolate and narrowly obovate, acute with apiculus, narrowly cuneate, dull. Yellow Green Group 146A, ciliate, upper surface moderately setose, under surface pubescent along veins and slightly setose over rest of blade (all seen with lens). Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 8' tall x 3' wide in 15 years. Blooms in mid-, late April (in southern MS). Hardy to at least 0°F.

SECREST PINK: R. yakushimanum (open pollinated). Seed collected (1970), raised, and introduced by John E. Ford, Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, OH. Named by Plant Name Committee, Ohio State University. Registered by Secrest Arboretum. Buds strong purplish red 7.5RP 4/11 (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 5 cm. across x 3 cm. long, with 5 wavy lobes, light purplish pink 2.5RP 8/5, with minor deep purplish red blotch in dorsal throat, reverse strong purplish pink. Calyx 2 mm. Truss 11 cm. across x 9 cm. high, somewhat ball-shaped, flat, with 11-17 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 9.3-10 cm. x 4-5 cm., elliptic, acute, rounded, convex, glabrous, dull, moderate olive green 2.5GY 4/3, with light to very light, patchy, golden to near light yellow indumentum (best seen with lens). New growth light brown tomentose. Plant broad, branching well, 68 cm. tall x 120 cm. wide in 12 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -15°F., with some leaf damage at -20°F., but plant recovers.

SHY GIRL: A Chinquapin Hill hybrid deciduous azalea. 'George Reynolds' x R. austrinum. Cross (1966), raised, and introduced (1982-limited) by Gus and Thérèse Elmer, Jr., Pass Christian, MS. Flowers widely funnel-shaped, 2½" across, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, quite fragrant. Yellow Orange Group 18A (Amber Yellow), with Yellow Orange Group 23A (Cadmium Orange) blotch in dorsal lobe sector. Truss 4-5" across x 3-4" high, somewhat flat, with 14-16 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves 3¼-4¼" x 1-1½", narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, acute with apiculus, narrowly cuneate, grossly glabrous, dull, Green Group 138A, under surface pubescent (with lens). Plant upright, branching well, 7' tall x 3' wide in 15 years. Blooms in mid-, late April (in southern MS). Hardy to at least 0°F.

TERRE'S DELIGHT: A Chinquapin Hill hybrid deciduous azalea. 'George Reynolds' x R. austrinum. Cross (1966), raised, and introduced (1982-limited) by Gus and Thérèse Elmer, Jr., Pass Christian, MS. Buds Red Group 39B (Jasper Red). Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-shaped, 2¼" across, with long, narrow tube, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, quite fragrant, Orange Group 27D, with Yellow Orange Group 23A (Cadmium Orange) blotch in dorsal lobe sector. Truss 5-6" across x 4-5" high, somewhat flat, with 15-16 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves 3½-4" x 1⅝-2⅛", narrowly obovate, mucronate, cuneate, bullate. Yellow Green Group 146A, ciliate, both surfaces slightly pubescent (particularly along underside veins), dorsal surface very slightly setose (all seen with lens). Plant upright, branching well with stiff branches, 6' tall x 5' wide in 15 years. Blooms in mid-, late April (in southern MS). Hardy to at least 0°F.

TERRE'S YELLOW: A Chinquapin Hill hybrid deciduous azalea. 'George Reynolds' x R. austrinum. Cross(1966), raised, and introduced by Gus and Thérèse Elmer, Jr., Pass Christian, MS. Flowers of good substance, tubular funnel-shaped, 2" x 2" (tube narrow), with 6 evenly rounded lobes, quite fragrant, Yellow Group 13A (Lemon Yellow), throat Orange Group 24A (Tangerine Orange), with dorsal Yellow Orange Group 23A (Cadmium Orange) blotch. Truss 5-6" across x 3-4" high, flat with 8-10 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves 4" x 1", narrowly elliptic, acute with apiculus to mucronate, dull, Yellow Green Group 146A, ciliate, sparsely setose (with lens), under surface pubescent (particularly along veins) (seen with lens). Plant broad, branching well with stiff branches, 5' tall x 4' wide in 15 years. Blooms mid-, late April (in southern MS). Hardy to at least 0°F.

THEODORE S. STECKI: A Linwood hardy evergreen azalea. Nellie (U.S. Plant Patent #2021, 1961; an unregistered Linwood hybrid) x 'Opal'. Cross (1970), raised, and introduced (1982) by G. Albert Reid, Linwood, NJ. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 1¾" across x 1" long, with 18-20 wavy lobes (hose-in-hose, double), Red Purple Group 61D (Rose Bengal) with no markings. Calyx whorl 1", colored as corolla. No stamens, Inflorescence 3" across and 2" high, ball-shaped, 3-6-flowered. Floriferous. Leaves held well through winter, 3-3½ cm. x 1¼-1½ cm., somewhat narrowly obovate, mucronate, cuneate, flat, glossy, ciliate, Yellow Green Group 146A, dorsal surface sparsely setose, under surface rarely setose (with lens). Plant upright, rounded, branching moderately, 3' x 3' in 12 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 0°F.

VENICE: 'Party Pink' x (R. yakushimanum x 'Mars'). Cross (1965), raised, and introduced by Dr. David G. Leach, North Madison, OH. Buds Red Purple Group 57D. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3¼" across x 1¾" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Red Purple Group 62D flushed 73A, with very faint dorsal spotting Yellow Orange Group 16B, reverse flushed 73A along lobe centers. Calyx minute, red. Truss 7" across x 6½" high, ball-shaped, with 22 flowers. Leaves held 2-3 years, 5¼" x 1⅞", elliptic, acute, cuneate, glabrous, Green Group 137A. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 5' x 5' in 18 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -20°F.

VLADIMIR BUKOVSKY: A Vireya hybrid. R. laetum x 'Souvenir de J.H. Mangles'. Cross (1968) by Tom Lelliott, Australia. Raised and named by Peter Sullivan, San Francisco, CA. Described, registered, and introduced (1974) by William A. Moynier, Los Angeles, CA. Flowers narrowly tubular funnel-shaped, 2¼" across x 1¾" long, with 5 slightly wavy lobes, Orange Red Group 30A (Nasturtium Red), Yellow Orange Group 16A (Chinese Yellow) in throat and on reverse (there shading to 30A at lobe edges. Calyx negligible. Truss 6" across x 3½" high, dome-shaped, with 7-12 flowers (quite variable). Leaves held 3 years, 3½-4½" x 1¾-2", elliptic to narrowly obovate, mucronate, cuneate, glossy, concave, Green Group 139A, both surfaces with tiny, moderately spaced, tan scales (seen only with lens). Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 2½' tall x 4' wide in 8 years. Blooms in December, January. Hardy to at least 32°F.

WALTER KERN: A Linwood hardy evergreen azalea. Nellie (U.S. Plant Patent #2021, 1961; an unregistered Linwood hybrid) x 'Opal'. Cross (1970), raised, and introduced (1982) by G. Albert Reid, Linwood, NJ. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 1¾" across x 1¼" long, with 16-18 frilled lobes (hose-in-hose, double). Red Purple Group 68A (Roseine Purple), with no markings. Calyx whorl 1". No stamens. Inflorescence 2½" across x 1½" high, 2-3-flowered. Floriferous. Leaves held well through winter, 1⅜-1¾" x ⅝-⅞", elliptic to slightly narrowly obovate, flat, mucronate, cuneate, glossy, ciliate. Yellow Green Group 146A, dorsal surface moderately setose, under surface sparsely setose (with lens). Plant broad, branching well, 1½' tall x 2' wide in 12 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 0°F.

YATES TREENA: ('Catalgla' x R. wardii seedling) x (R. wardii x R. yakushimanum). Cross (1968) by Henry T. Yates. Raised and introduced (1980) by Maletta Yates, Frostburg, MD. Buds rose shaded to yellow. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2¼" long, with 5 wavy to frilled lobes, Yellow Group 9C (Canary Yellow), with 2 dorsal rays of burgundy spots in throat. Calyx ¾", green to yellow. Truss 7" across x 5½" tall, conical to dome-shaped, with 12-14 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 3-4" x 1½-2", elliptic, mucronate, rounded to somewhat oblique, glabrous, Green Group 137A. Plant upright, broad, branching well, with some arching branches, 47" tall x 58" wide in 15 years. Blooms last week of May. Hardy to at least -5-8°F.

YATES VELVET CHARM: 'Sunset Yates' x 'Pink Punch'. Cross (1968) by Henry T. Yates. Raised and introduced (1981) by Maletta Yates, Frostburg, MD. Flowers widely funnel-campanulate, 2¾" across x 1¾" long, with 5 wavy lobes, Red Purple Group 58B (Rose Red), with minor, dorsal spots and small circles Greyed Red Purple Group 184B; center of flower is slightly lighter than edge. Calyx minute, light yellow green. Truss 6" across x 5½" high, ball-shaped, with 22 flowers or less. Leaves held 2 years, 3¼-4¾" x 1¼-2¼", narrowly obovate to narrowly elliptic, acute to acute with apiculus, rounded, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 147A, twisted, with slight golden brown indumentum (not too visible without lens). Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 37" tall x 46" wide in 15 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -10°F.

YELLOW SAND: A Chinquapin Hill hybrid deciduous azalea. 'George Reynolds' x R. austrinum. Cross (1966), raised, and introduced (1982-limited) by Gus and Thérèse Elmer, Jr., Pass Christian, MS. Flowers of good substance, tubular funnel-shaped with long, narrow tube and quite flat face, 2¾" across, with 5 slightly wavy lobes, quite fragrant, Yellow Group 11B (Naples Yellow), with Yellow Orange Group 17A (Indian Yellow) dorsal blotch. Truss 4-5" across x 3-4" long, somewhat flat, with 10-14 flowers. Leaves 3-3¾" x 1-1¼", narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, acute with apiculus, narrowly cuneate, dull, Yellow Green Group 147B, ciliate, upper surface sparsely setose, under surface pubescent (particularly along veins) (all visible with lens). Plant upright, rounded, branching well with stiff branches, 7' tall x 4' wide in 15 years. Blooms in mid-, late April (in southern MS). Hardy to at least 0°F.

Chinquapin Hill
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Sunday, May 24, 1981
The Chinquapin Hill hybrids are a group of large-flowered deciduous azaleas that we have developed by crossing two Exbury hybrids with the species Rhododendron austrinum from Southeast Mississippi. The object of the cross was to breed heat tolerance into large-flowered deciduous azaleas.
        Over the last ten years plants resulting from these crosses have been grown, done well, and bloomed in gardens in South Louisiana, South Mississippi, Alabama, and in the Jacksonville, Florida area. They are also doing very well in New Providence, New Jersey, where last winter they survived and bloomed in spite of a water shortage and -10°F.
        The color range is from lemon yellow R.H.S.12A through orange 25A to almost red 32A, also a white with a pink 55D blush and a yellow 8A blotch. The trusses are large and flowers 1½ to 2¾" wide.
        Gus Elmer, Jr.

Editor's Note: Gus Elmer Jr. died 4/1/83.


Volume 38, Number 2
Spring 1984

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