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Volume 39, Number 3
Summer 1985

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American Rhododendron Society Plant Registry

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

'ACCOMPLISHMENT':  A Dexter Hybrid. 'Pygmalion' x R. haematodes x Wellfleet (Dexter #8) (exact combination unknown). Dexter #8 perhaps is a hybrid of R. fortunei and R. decorum. Cross (before 1943) and grown by Charles O. Dexter, Shawme Farm, Sandwich, MA. Raised and introduced (±1950) by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Registered by John J. Tyler Arboretum, Lima PA. Synonym: Sw. 12507-14. More detailed information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 - 7 wavy lobes, with ±" wide strong purplish red 7.5 RP 5/12 (Nickerson) edging and remainder of flower white (giving star-shaped appearance). Truss 5" across x 4" high, ball-shaped (perhaps a bit open on top), with 15 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 2", elliptic, flat (some with slightly wavy margins), apiculate, cuneate to near rounded, glabrous, somewhat glossy, Yellow Green Group 147A. Plant rounded, branching moderately, 10' x 10' in 18 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least 0°F

'ARIEL SHERMAN':  'The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague' x 'Countess of Derby' (synonym: Eureka Maid in U.S.A.). Cross (1971), raised, and introduced (1981) by William A. Moynier, Los Angeles, CA. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, opening Red Group 53A (Cardinal Red) fading to 54A (Spinel Red) with age, throat white, pink, under 54A spotting in dorsal lobe sector. Stigma creamy pink, prominent. Calyx negligible. Truss 6" across x 5" high, ball- to dome-shaped, with 13-17 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 3 years, 4-5" x 1-2" flat, between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, acute with apiculus, cuneate to rounded, dull, Green Group 139A, under surface with very light, patchy, brown indumentum. Plant rounded, branching well, 36" tall x 38" wide in 12 years. Blooms in late June. Hardiness tested only to 25°F.

'CHATHAM':  A Dexter Hybrid. Reputedly a hybrid of the Fortunei subseries. Cross (before 1943) and raised by Charles O. Dexter, Shawme Farm, Sandwich, MA. Raised, introduced and registered by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Synonym: Dexter #23. More detailed information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 5 - 7 wavy lobes, quite fragrant, light purplish pink 5RP 8/5 (Nickerson) with moderate purplish red 5RP 4/10 spotting in dorsal lobe sector slightly overlapping on adjacent lobe sectors. Most of stamens aborted. Calyx ", medium yellow green edged red. Truss 9" across x 7" high, ball- to dome-shaped, with 11-12 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4-6" x 2-2", elliptic to near narrowly elliptic, flat, mucronate, cuneate to almost rounded, glabrous, moderate olive green 5GY4/3. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 6' tall x 9' wide in 31 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -5°F.

'CLACKAMAS WHITE':  A white form of R. macrophyllum collected in the wild of the upper Clackamas River area, Oregon, in 1973-75 period, by Roger and Margaret Stewart, Sandy, OR. Named by Robert Furniss. Raised from cuttings, described, registered by, and introduced (1984) by Mr. and Mrs. Stewart, Dover Nursery. Buds slightly pink. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-campanulate, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 wavy lobes, white with minor, " x " dorsal, light green blotch. Calyx negligible, green. Truss 4-5" across x 3-4" high, ball- to dome-shaped, with 12 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 5 years, 5" x 1" narrowly elliptic, concave, acute, cuneate, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 146A. Plant rounded, branching well, 3' x 3' in 8 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -5°F.

'DAVID SHELTON':  'Mrs. Furnival' x 'Loder's White'. Cross (1964) by Walt Elliott. Raised and introduced by B. Franklin Heuston. Both of Shelton, WA. Described by Walt Elliott and Dr. Ben Briggs. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, edged Red Group 54D (Spinel Red), white suffused Red Group 54B (Spinel Red) changing to 56B with age, with 54A nectaries and 54B rays down center of each lobe, reverse 54B. Calyx 4 mm. Red Group 54B. Truss 7" across x 5" high, ball- to dome-shaped, with 9-10 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 3-6" x 2-2", elliptic, flat, apiculate, rounded, dull, Yellow Green Group 146B. Plant 4' x 4' in 10 years. Blooms in last 2 weeks of April. Hardy to at least 0°F.

'DOCTOR NORMAN BETHUNE':  'Purple Splendour' x R. fortunei (hardy selection) Cross (1972), raised, and introduced by Rudy Behring, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Flowers widely funnel-shaped, 8 cm. across x 3 cm. long, with 7 wavy lobes, fragrant, with Violet Group 84C (Amethyst Violet) edging shading to 84D (Mineral Violet) in center of flower, Red Purple Group 59A (Ruby Red) blotch deep in throat and 2 dorsal, 25 mm. long, 59A rays, reverse 84B. Calyx 1 mm., Yellow Green Group 145A. Stigma dark red. Truss 13 cm. across x 10 cm. high, conical, with 12 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 3 years, 10 cm. x 3 cm., near oblanceolate to near narrowly elliptic, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, glossy, Yellow Green Group 146B, with very light indumentum of scattered, short, brown hairs or glands visible with lens. Plant upright, 60 cm. tall x 45 cm. wide in 12 years. Blooms in late May. Hardy to at least -25°F.

'EARLY ACCENT':  R. fortunei x R. griersonianum x 'Pygmalion' (exact combination unknown). Cross (before 1951) and grown by Antonio Consolini, Sandwich, MA. Raised and introduced (±1965) by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Registered by the John J. Tyler Arboretum, Lima, PA. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Synonym: Sw 51-385. More detailed information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Flowers of good substance, tubular funnel-shaped, 2" across x 2" long, with 5 slightly wavy lobes, strong purplish red 10RP4/12 (Nickerson) with some deep purplish red 10RP3/10 spotting on all of corolla, sparser in lower lobes' sector and with a rather indistinct area clear of spotting in center of dorsal lobe sector. Calyx ", with near green base and near red lobes. Pedicel quite long, 2", dull red. Truss 6" across x 6" high, somewhat lax and open, with 15 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 1", somewhat narrower than oblanceolate, margins slightly wavy, apiculate, narrowly cuneate, glabrous, dull, moderate olive green 5GY4/3. Plant rounded, branching moderately, 6' x 6' in 19 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -6F.

'ELLEN ZORA':  An evergreen azalea. 'Elsie Lee' x 'Purple Splendor'. Cross (1972) by Dr. Max E. Byrkit, Williamsport, MD. Seed from A.R.S. Seed Exchange #1973-581, raised and introduced by Edwin T. Anderson, Longview, WA. Buds rose bud shaped when opening. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 + 8 ± 3 wavy lobes, all lobes are about same length, outer whorl lobes (5) are cut about way to base, next whorl lobes (8) cut to or almost to base, most stamens aborted to form leafy central "petals" (±3) (variable in size), Red Purple Group 74C with heavy, Red Purple Group 61B spotting on dorsal half of all whorls. Calyx 3/16", light green, hairy. ±2 normal stamens. Inflorescence 1 - 2 flowered. Free flowering. Leaves held well in winter, - 1" x 5/16 - ", elliptic, flat, apiculate, cuneate, dull to glossy. Yellow Green Group 146A, upper and lower surfaces strigose, ciliate (all seen with lens). Plant rounded, semi-dwarf, branching well with stiff, upright branches, 1' tall x 2' wide in 10 years. Hardy to at least 0F.

'ENIGMA':  Supposedly R. fortunei x R. maximum x R. haematodes (exact combination unknown). Cross (before 1951) and grown by Antonio Consolini, Sandwich, MA. Raised, registered, and introduced by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Synonym: 51-387A. More detailed 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 wavy lobes, strong purplish red 10RP4/12 (Nickerson) shading to strong purplish pink 7.5RP7/10 within and deep purplish pink 7.5RP6/12 without, with brilliant yellow green 2.5 GY8/9 spotting in lower dorsal lobe sector under nearly white inverted "V" band toward lobe edge, with 4 strong yellow green 2.5GY 7/10 rays in throat (2 in dorsal lobe sector and 1 on each of adjacent lobes). Rays and spotting quite distinct in effect. Calyx tiny, light yellow green. Truss 7" across x 6" high, ball-shaped, with 11 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4 - 5" x 1 - 2⅛", between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, flat, widely acute, cuneate (some slightly oblique or rounded), glabrous, dull, moderate olive green 5GY 4/3. Plant rounded, branching well, 7' tall x 9' wide in 32 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -5°F.

'ESTHER WAGNER':  (R. yakushimanum x 'Earl of Athlone') selfed. Cross (1974), raised, and introduced by Edwin T. Anderson, Longview, WA. Buds pink. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3-3" across x 2" long, with 7 frilled lobes (3 dorsal somewhat reflexed), near Red Group 49C-D (Venetian Pink-French Rose), fading to Red Group 36D (Orient Pink) (opens somewhat darker than 49C), Red Purple Group 59D basal markings at bottom of throat (corolla), shading lighter toward lobes (gradually disappear) (in dorsal 3 lobe sector brush strokes (rays) of spotting to " coalescing toward base; brush strokes (rays) to " at base of 4 remaining lobes). Calyx to ⅛" lobes triangular, 2 dorsal longest, reddish. Truss 6-7" across x 5 - 6" high, dome-shaped, with 18-19 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves 3 - 5" x 1 - 2", between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, convex, acute, cuneate, dull, Yellow Green Group 146A, under surface with light, easily rubbed off, Greyed Orange Group 163C indumentum. New growth with gray tomentum. Plant upright, branching well with stiff branches, 5' tall x 4' wide in 10 years. Blooms early to mid-May. Hardy to at least 0F.

'FRANK MARANVILLE':  'Britannia' x 'Van Nes Sensation'. Cross (1963) by Dr. Ben T. Briggs. Raised by Dr. L. Frank Maranville and B. Franklin Heuston. Named, registered, and introduced by B. Franklin Heuston. All of Shelton, WA. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-campanulate (resembles that of 'Britannia'), 4" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, Red Purple Group 57C (Rose Bengal) shading to 57B throat and 57D edging, with no markings, reverse 57B. Calyx negligible. Truss 6" across x 4" high, ball- to dome-shaped, with 10 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 5" x 2", slightly concave, elliptic, apiculate, rounded, glabrous, Yellow Green Group 146A. Plant broad, branching well, 4' x 4' in 10 years. Blooms last 2 weeks of April or first week of May. Hardy to at least 0F.

'GEORGE'S DELIGHT':  Whitney yellow hybrid selection #6002 x 'Crest'. Cross (1967) and raised by William E. Whitney, Brinnon, WA. Raised (after 1970) and introduced (c.1975) by Anne Sather, Whitney Gardens, Brinnon, WA. Pictured in Journal, A.R.S., 38:3 (Summer) 1984. Buds Red Group 42C. Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-campanulate, 3" across x 1" long, with 7 evenly rounded to wavy lobes, Red Group 51B (Rhodonite Red) at lobe edges (picotee effect) shading to Yellow Group 11B (Naples Yellow) in throat and with minor dorsal Orange Red Group 34C spotting. Calyx ", yellow green. Truss 6" across x 4" high, dome- to ball-shaped, with 13 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years, 4 - 4" x 1⅞ - 2", elliptic, margin somewhat undulate, apiculate (apiculus long), cuneate to rounded, glabrous, Green Group 137A. Plant broad, branching well with upright branches, 3' tall x 2' wide in 10 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least 0F.

'GRANDMA LARSON':  ('Fusilier' x R. strigillosum) x 'Gina'. Cross(1965), raised, and introduced (1980) by Donald K. McClure, Seattle, WA. Buds ruby red. Flowers of excellent substance, 2" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, Cardinal Red 822 (H.C.C.) (Red Group 53A, R.H.S. Colour Chart) with no markings. Calyx insignificant, dark red. Truss 5" across x 6" high, ball-shaped, with 18 flowers. Floriferousness better than most. Leaves held 3 years, 4 - 5" x 1 -2", between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, somewhat convex, midrib considerably indented, apiculate, cuneate to rounded, glabrous, near Yellow Green Group 147B. Plant rounded, branching well, 7' tall x 6' wide in 20 years. Blooms early February to late March. Hardy to at least 0°F.

'JEAN BAPTISTE':  A Vireya. (R. laetum x R. leucogigas) x R. phaeopeplum. Cross (1972) and raised by Pete Sullivan, San Francisco, CA. Described, registered, and introduced by William A. Moynier, Los Angeles, CA. Flowers of good substance, long, tubular funnel-shaped, 3" across x 3" long with 5 (sometimes 6) wavy lobes, very fragrant, white with ths of lobes Red Purple Group 62D (blush pink), throat cream, 62B (Phlox Pink) markings at base of each lobe intersection, reverse with light pink stripes. Calyx negligible. Truss 7" across x 5" high, dome-shaped, open at top, with 7-9 flowers. Leaves of heavy texture, held 4 years, 4" x 2", flat, elliptic, widely acute, rounded, glossy, dark green, under surface with tiny, closely spaced, golden brown scales. Plant upright, branching moderately, 33" tall x 26" wide in 5 years. Blooms January through March. Hardy to at least 32°F.

'LADY BELFIELD':  A Dexter Hybrid. 'Lady Eleanor Cathcart' x R. decorum. Cross (before 1943) and grown by Charles O. Dexter, Shawme Farm, Sandwich, MA. Raised, named, and introduced by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Registered by John J. Tyler Arboretum, Lima, PA. Synonym: Sw 12506-3. More detailed information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Buds deep purplish pink 7.5RP 6/12 (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 wavy lobes, light purplish pink 7.5RP 8/5 paling slightly to center, with " x " deep purplish red 7.5 RP 3/9 blotch and spotting in dorsal lobe sector and slightly to sides. Calyx tiny, yellow green. Truss 6" across x 5" high, ball-shaped, with 22 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, 6" x 1" narrowly oblong to narrowly elliptic, flat to arching, acute, cuneate, moderate olive green 5 GY 4/3, glabrous, dull, under surface with slight brown scurf. Plant rounded, branching moderately, 8' tall x 9' wide in 19 years Bloom in mid-June. Hardy to at least -5°F.

'MARGARET FELL':  'Scintillation' x unknown white. Cross (c. 1959), raised, introduced, and registered by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Named and described by Gertrude S. Wister. Buds strong purplish pink 7.5 RP 7/10 (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 2" across x 2" long, with 5 - 7 wavy lobes, fragrant, pale purplish pink 7.5 RP 9/2 (soon white) with ⅞" x ⅝" brilliant greenish yellow 7.5 Y 9/8, heart-shaped blotch in throat of dorsal lobe sector. Calyx ⅜", medium yellow green. Truss 6" across x 5" high, ball-shaped, with 12 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 5 -6" x 1⅞" - 2", between narrowly elliptic and elliptic, margins slightly wavy, apiculate, cuneate, glabrous, glossy, moderate olive green 7.5 GY 4/4, under surface (with lens) shows tiny, brown, scattered appendages (too small to distinguish). Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 8' tall x 11' wide in 26 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -6°F.

'MARIE STARKS':  (R. yakushimanum (Exbury form) x 'Fabia' (a red selection) ) x 'Odee Wright'. Cross (1974) and raised by Earl Murray. Described, registered, and introduced (1979) by Marie Starks. Both of Port Angeles, WA. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 1" long, with 7 wavy lobes, Yellow Green Group 154D, to 154B (Chartreuse Green) on dorsal lobes, with Greyed Purple Group 183A blotch surrounding base of throat and with dorsal peripheral spotting of same color extending into throat from blotch. Calyx ", light yellow green. Truss 7" x 7", ball-shaped (somewhat lax), with 14-18 flowers. Leaves held 2 years, flat, 4" x 1", elliptic, apiculate, rounded, glabrous, glossy, Yellow Green Group 147A. Plant rounded, branching moderately, 4' tall x 3' wide in 10 years. Blooms in mid- to late April. Hardy to at least -10°F.

'MY GUY':  'Owen Pearce' x 'Mi Amor'. Cross (1971), raised, and introduced by Maurice and Frances Sumner (Mr. and Mrs.), San Francisco, CA. Flowers tubular funnel-shaped, 3" across x 5" long, with 5 frilled lobes, fragrant, white with no markings, Truss lax, 9" across x 4" high, with 7-13 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 3 years, 4" x 1", elliptic, acute with long apiculus, cuneate, grossly glabrous (with lens: with evanescent, colorless, widely spaced scales), somewhat glossy, midrib and primary veins deeply indented, heavy texture, Parsley Green oo962/1 (H.C.C.), under surface with medium size, moderately spaced, golden brown scales. Plant upright, branching moderately with stiff branches, 4' tall x 3' wide in 13 years. Blooms in early April. Hardiness tested only to 40°F.

'NEWBURYPORT BELLE':  Presumably a hybrid of the Fortunei subseries. Perhaps a Dexter Hybrid F2 (open-pollinated) raised by H.W. Fowle Nursery, Newburyport, MA. Grown, registered, and introduced by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Synonym: Fowle #19. More detailed information may be found in Hybrid and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 wavy lobes, light purplish pink 2.5 RP 8/5 (Nickerson), dorsal lobe sector almost covered with flecks of brilliant yellow green 2.5 GY 8/9 on background of brilliant greenish yellow, paler than 7.5 Y 9/8. Calyx negligible light yellow green. Truss 7" across x 5" high, dome-shaped, with 16 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4⅛" - 6" x 2 -3", elliptic, sides quite rounded, flat (some slightly wavy), mucronate with short pointed tip, rounded, glabrous, glossy, moderate olive green 5 GY 4/3. Plant rounded, branching well, 7' x 7' in 23 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -5°F.

'ORCHID LIGHTS':  A deciduous azalea. R. canadense x A Mollis (Kosterianum) hybrid. Cross (1962), raised, and introduced (1984) by Dr. Harold Pellett, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen, MN. Flowers tubular funnel-shaped, 4.5 cm. across x 3.5 cm. long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, bottom 2 lobes deeply cut and held on clock face at 4 and 8 o'clock, top 3 lobes not cut so deeply and held between 10 and 2 o'clock (quite a zygomorphic flower), Red Purple Group 68C (Roseine Purple) with Greyed Yellow Group 161A spotting in dorsal lobe sector, with a "skunky" odor. Calyx 1-2 mm., medium yellow green. Truss 7 cm. across x 5 cm. high, open to lax with up to 9 flowers. Leaves 6 cm. x 1.75cm., near narrowly elliptic, acute with short knob, narrowly cuneate, flat, sparsely strigose, Yellow Green Group 144A, ciliate, under surface veins moderately strigose, sparsely between veins (all hairs short and seen with lens). Plant rounded, semi-dwarf, branching well, 0.6m. tall x 0.8m. wide in 5 years. Blooms in late May. Flower buds in winter hardy to at least -45°F. Although stamens and pistil present, plants seem to be sterile; thus no unsightly seed pods to remove. Flowers somewhat obscured by new foliage.

'SAFFRON PRINCE':  'Saffron Queen' x R. burmanicum. Cross (1962), raised, and introduced (c. 1981) by Maurice and Frances Sumner (Mr. and Mrs.), San Francisco, CA. Buds Chartreuse Green 663/1, (H.C.C.). Flowers open-funnel-campanulate, 2" x 2", with 5 wavy lobes, Sulphur Yellow 1/2 with no markings. Calyx negligible. Truss 5" across x 3" high, flat, with 8 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 3 years, 2" x 1" elliptic, acute (knobbed), cuneate, grossly glabrous (with lens: with evanescent, colorless, moderately spaced scales). Parsley Green oo962/T, under surface with closely spaced, medium size, golden brown, and with a few scattered, quite large, darker colored scales. Plant rounded, branching well, 3' tall x 2' wide in 5 years. Blooms in early April. Hardiness tested only to 40°F.

'SAN GABRIEL':  A Vireya. (R. macgregoriae x R. aurigeranum) x 'Dr. Herman Sleumer'. Cross (1971) by Tom Lelliott, Australia. Raised by Pete Sullivan, San Francisco, CA. Described, registered, and introduced by William A. Moynier, Los Angeles, CA. Flowers tubular funnel-shaped, 2" across x 1" long, with 5 wavy lobes, fragrant, Yellow Group 11C (Naples Yellow) with pink fleck at intersection of each lobe. Calyx negligible. Truss 5" across x 3" tall, dome-shaped, with 8 flowers. Leaves held 3 years, 2" - 4" x 1" - 2", flat, elliptic, acute, cuneate, dull. Yellow Green Group 147A, under surface with closely to moderately spaced, tiny, brown scales seen with lens. Plant broad, branching moderately, 26" tall x 32" wide in 13 years. Flowering time variable: March, May, December. Hardy to at least 32°F.

'SUNNY DAY':  Parents unknown. Cross (±1970) by William E. Whitney, Brinnon, WA. Raised and introduced by Anne Sather, Whitney Gardens, Brinnon, WA. First flowered in 1975. Buds Yellow Green Group 154A. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 2" long, with 6 wavy, somewhat reflexed, lobes, Yellow Group 4B (Primrose Yellow) with short Greyed Red Group 181A rays deep in dorsal throat. Calyx ⅛", Greyed Yellow Group 160B. Truss 5 - 6" across x 4 - 5" high, ball- to dome-shaped, with 12 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years, 3 - 4" x 1 - 1⅞", between elliptic and narrowly elliptic, convex, apiculate sometimes near cuspidate), cuneate to rounded, glabrous, Green Group 137A. Plant broad, rounded, branching well, 4' x 4' in 10 years. Blooms in late April. Hardy to at least 0°F.

'TOASTMASTER':  From open-pollinated seed (c. 1945) from a plant presumably of the Fortunei subseries (a Dexter Hybrid) from the estate of Samuel A. Everitt, Halesite, Huntington, NY, grown by George Gillies, Marshall Field Estate, Oyster Bay, NY. Raised, registered, and introduced by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Named by Dr. John C. Wister. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Synonym: Sw 70R2. More detailed information may be found in Hybrids and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Buds deep purplish pink 5RP6/1O (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 4" across x 2" long, with 7 wavy to frilled, somewhat re-curved lobes, very fragrant, pale purplish pink 7.5RP9/2, with 4 or more inconspicuous rays in throat at junctures of 3 dorsal lobes, " x 1⅛" consisting of series of broken lines (2 top rays are deep purplish pink 5RP 6/10; other rays when present are brilliant yellow green 2.5GY9/8). Calyx ", light yellow green. Truss 6" across x 7" high, ball-shaped, with 6 - 7 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 2 years, 4 - 6" x 2 - 3", elliptic, sides quite rounded, flat, apiculate, rounded, glabrous, dull, moderate olive green 7.5 GY 4/4. Plant upright-growing, broad, branching well, 8' tall x 11' wide in 40 years. Blooms in early May. Hardy to at least -5°F.

'TOM EVERETT': A Dexter Hybrid. Presumably a hybrid of the Fortunei subseries. Cross (before 1943) and grown by Charles O. Dexter, Shawme Farm, Sandwich, MA. Raised by the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Park, NY. Named by Louis Politi, head gardener, N.Y.B.G. Introduced (1961) by James Wells Nursery, Red Bank, NJ. Described by Gertrude S. Wister. Registered by Scott Horticultural Foundation, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Synonym: NY #4 (Dexter Committee#) or #205 (N.Y.B.G.#). More detailed information may be found in Hybrid and Hybridizers, Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Eastern North America, Edited by Livingston and West, 1978. Buds strong purplish red 7.5RP 5/12 (Nickerson). Flowers of good substance, widely funnel-campanulate, 3" across x 2" long, with 5 - 6 wavy lobes, fragrant, deep purplish pink 5RP6/10 paling to near white in the throat, vivid greenish yellow 7.5Y 8/12 faint spotting in dorsal 1 - 3 lobe sector becoming almost solid near base of corolla, 2 rays (flares) in throat on each side of center of dorsal lobe dulled strong yellow green 2.5 GY 7/10; markings are not prominent. Calyx ⅛", pale yellow green. Truss 8" across x 5" high, dome-shaped, with 11 flowers. Free flowering. Leaves held 2 years 4 - 6" x 2 - 2", elliptic (sides quite rounded), flat (some leaves have slight wave), apiculate to obtuse with apiculus, rounded, glabrous, dull, moderate olive green 7.5 GY 4/4. Plant rounded, branching moderately, 6' tall x 7' wide in 22 years. Blooms in mid-May. Hardy to at least -5°F. This name is often misspelled Everitt. Tom Everett was not related to S.A. Everitt of Long Island.

'TUESDAY'S CHILD':  An evergreen rhododendron of unknown parents. Cross (probably in the 1960's), raised, and distributed unnamed by Arthur A. Childers, Vida, OR. Raised from cutting-grown plant (after (1972), named, described, and introduced by Meldon Kraxberger, Portland, OR. Buds Red Group 55B(Neyron Rose). Flowers of good substance, openly funnel-shaped, 3" across x 1" long, with 5 evenly rounded lobes, Red Group 56C with no markings, reverse 56A. Calyx ", Red Group 47D (Geranium Lake). Truss 7 - 8" across x 5-6" high, dome-shaped, with 8 - 10 flowers. Floriferous. Leaves held 1 year, 4" x 1 -2", elliptic to somewhat narrowly obovate, flat, apiculate, rounded, glabrous, glossy, Yellow Green Group 147A. Plant upright, branching moderately, 6' tall x 4' wide in 12 years. Blooms in early April. Hardy to at least 5F.


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