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Volume 52, Number 1
Winter 1998

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American Rhododendron Society Plant Registry

        The following rhododendron and azalea names, submitted through the North American registrar, were approved and added to the International Rhododendron Register prior to September 1, 1997 by the Royal Horticultural Society, International Registration Authority for the genus Rhododendron. Names conform to the rules and recommendations of the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants - 1995.
        Color numbers refer to the RHS Colour Chart unless noted otherwise. Accompanying color names are taken from A Contribution toward Standardization of Color Names in Horticulture, R D Huse and K L Kelly, edited by D H Voss (ARS, 1984). Species names are those used by the RHS, based upon recent Edinburgh revisions of the genus.
        Parents of a plant are reported in the conventional order: (seed parent x pollen parent). Abbreviations are used where appropriate: H = hybridized by, G = grown to first flower by, R = raised by, S = selected by, N = named by, I = introduced by, REG = registered by; dates are enclosed in parentheses immediately following the activity.
        Metric conversions of flower and leaf measurements are reported in 5mm increments for dimensions greater than 25mm.

'Apricot Flamb':  Elepidote. ('Apricot Fantasy' x 'White Peter'). H (c 1990): George Woodard, Westbury, NY; G (1995), N, and REG (1997): Eugenie Beutler, Basking Ridge, NJ. Fls 13/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3.3" (85mm) wide, 5-lobed with frilled margins; strong yellowish pink (38A) in bud, opening inside light yellow (18B) with a prominent dorsal ray of vivid reddish orange (33A) spots, almost solid in throat; outside light yellowish pink (27A). Calyx 1.75" (45mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 7" (180mm) high x 7" (180mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, oblong, flat, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 4.75" (120mm) x 2" (50mm); dull, dark yellowish green (139A). Shrub 2.75' (0.8m) tall x 2.75' (0.8m) wide in 6 years. Plant hardy to at least -16°F (-27C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early.

'Autumn Amethyst':  Evergreen azalea. ('Karens' x oldhamii 'Fourth of July'*). H (1983), G (1987), and REG (1997): Robert Edward Lee, Independence, LA; N (1996): Jim Berry, I (1997): Plant Development Services Inc, both Loxley, AL. Fls 3-4/bud, 1-4 buds/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, single, 1.5"-2" (40-50mm) long x 1.75"-2.25" (45-55mm) wide, 5-lobed, wavy-edged; strong purplish red (71D) throughout, with strong red (53B) spotting on dorsal lobe and upper wings. Calyx 0.25"-0.4" long (6-10mm), strong yellow green (144B). Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate base, acute apex, 1.75"-2.25" (45-55mm) x 0.5"-0.75" (13-19mm), dull, moderate olive green (147A) above; with hairs on both surfaces, soft white at first, becoming moderate orange yellow (167D) and less numerous with age. Shrub 5'-6' (1.5-1.8m) tall x 5'-6' (1.5-1.8m) wide in 8-10 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C) to 10°F (-12°C). March-April followed by autumn flowering as new buds mature from July to frost. (Plant patent pending 7/1/97)

'Autumn Cheer':  Evergreen azalea. ('Sweet Briar' x oldhamii 'Fourth of July'*). H (1983), G (1987), and REG (1997): Robert Edward Lee, Independence, LA; N (1996): Vicki Lee, I (1997): Plant Development Services Inc, both Loxley, AL. Fls 3-4/bud, 1-6 buds/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, single, 1.25"-1.6" (30-40mm) long x 1.5"-2" (40-50mm) wide, 5-lobed, wavy-edged; strong purplish red (54A) throughout, with strong red (53C) spotting on dorsal lobe and upper wings. Calyx 0.2"-0.25" (5-6mm) long, strong yellow green (144B). Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate base, acute apex, 1"-1.5" (25-40mm) x 0.5"-0.75" (13-19mm), dull, strong yellow green (144A) above; with hairs on both surfaces, white at first, becoming dark grayish reddish brown (200A) and less numerous with age. Shrub 4'-5' (1.2-1.5m) tall x 3'-4' (0.9-1.2m) wide in 8-10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C) to 10°F (-12°C). March-April followed by autumn flowering as new buds mature from July to frost. (Plant patent pending 7/1/97)

'Autumn Coral':  Evergreen azalea. ('Gumpo White Sport' * x oldhamii 'Fourth of July'*). H (1983), G (1987), and REG (1997): Robert Edward Lee, Independence, LA; N (1996): Patrick Duck, I (1997): Plant Development Services Inc, both Loxley, AL. Fls 2-3/bud, 1-3 buds/dome truss, funnel-shaped, single, 2.25"-2.5" (55-65mm) long x 2.5"-3" (65-75mm) wide, 5-lobed, wavy-edged; deep pink (48B) throughout, with strong purplish red (71C) spotting on dorsal lobe and upper wings. Calyx 0.4"-0.5" (10-13mm) long, moderate olive green (147A). Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate base, acute apex, 1.5"-1.75" (40-45mm) x 0.5"-0.6" (13-15mm), dull, moderate olive green (147A) above; with hairs on both surfaces, white at first, becoming grayish reddish brown (200B) and less numerous with age. Shrub 3'-4' (0.9-1.2m) tall x 4'-5' (1.2-1.5m) wide in 8-10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C) to 10F (-12°C). March-April followed by autumn flowering as new buds mature from July to frost. (Plant patent pending 7/1/97)

'Autumn Embers':  Evergreen azalea. ('Watchet' x oldhamii 'Fourth of July'*). H (1984), G (1988), and REG (1997): Robert Edward Lee, Independence, LA; N (1995): Jim Berry, I (1997): Plant Development Services Inc, both Loxley, AL. Fls 2-3/bud, 1-3 buds/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, semi-double (some petaloid stamens), 2.25"-2.5" (55-65mm) long x 2.5"-2.75" (65-70mm) wide, 5-14 wavy-edged lobes; vivid red (44A) throughout, with strong red (53B) spotting on dorsal lobe and upper wings. Calyx 0.25"-0.4" (6-10mm) long, strong yellow green (144A). Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate base, acute apex, 1.75"-2.25" (45-55mm) x 0.6"-0.9" (15-23mm), dull, moderate olive green (146A) above; with hairs on both surfaces, white at first, becoming dark grayish reddish brown (200A) and less numerous with age. Shrub 4'-5' (1.2-1.5m) tall x 5'-6' (1.5-1.8m) wide in 8-10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18C) to 10°F (-12°C). March-April followed by autumn flowering as new buds mature from July to frost. (Plant patent pending 7/1/97)

'Autumn Rouge':  Evergreen azalea. ('Double Beauty' x oldhamii 'Fourth of July'*). H (1983), G (1986), and REG (1997): Robert Edward Lee, Independence, LA; N (1996): Greg Smith, I (1997): Plant Development Services Inc, both Loxley, AL. Fls 3-4/bud, 1-4 buds/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, semi-double (some petaloid stamens), 2.5"-3" (65-75mm) long x 2"-2.25" (50-55mm) wide, 8-15 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (54A) throughout, with strong red (53C) spotting on dorsal lobe and upper wings. Calyx 0.25"-0.4" (6-10mm) long, moderate yellow green(146B). Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate base, acute apex, 2.25"-2.5" (55-65mm) x 0.75"-1" (19-25mm), dull, moderate olive green (147A) above; with hairs on both surfaces, white at first, becoming moderate orange (167C) and less numerous with age. Shrub 6'-8' (1.8-2.4m) tall x 4'-5' (1.2-1.5m) wide in 8-10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C) to 10°F (-12°C). March-April followed by autumn flowering as new buds mature from late June to frost. (Plant patent pending 7/1/97)

'Autumn Royalty':  Evergreen azalea. ('Georgia Giant'* x oldhamii 'Fourth of July'*). H (1983), G (1987), and REG (1997): Robert Edward Lee, Independence, LA; N (1996): Vaughn Street, I (1997): Plant Development Services Inc, both Loxley, AL. Fls3-4/bud, 1-3 buds/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, single, 2.5"-2.75" (65-70mm) long x 3.5"-4" (90-100mm) wide, 5-lobed, wavy-edged; inside strong purplish red (71C) with strong purplish red (64B) spotting on dorsal lobe and upper wings; outside strong purplish red (71D). Calyx 0.4"-0.5" (10-13mm) long, strong yellow green (144A). Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate base, acute apex, 2.25"-2.75" (55-70mm) x 0.75"-1.5" (19-40mm), dull, moderate olive green (147A) above; with hairs on both surfaces, white at first, becoming dark grayish reddish brown (200A) and less numerous with age. Shrub 6'-8' (1.8-2.4m) tall x 4'-5' (1.2-1.5m) wide in 8-10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C) to 10°F (-12°C). March-April followed by autumn flowering as new buds mature from July to frost. (Plant patent pending 7/1/97)

'Blue Success':  Lepidote. [('Epoch' x 'Barto Blue') x augustinii, Kehr's hardy 896]. H (1986), G (1992), N (1997), and REG (1997): August E Kehr, Hendersonville, NC. Fls 10-12/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.4" (35mm) long x 2.4" (60mm) wide, 5-lobed with wavy margins; deep violet in bud, opening very light violet inside, unmarked; outside light purple (87C). Truss 3" (75mm) high x 4" (100mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, elliptic, decurved margins, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 2.25" (55mm) x 1.1" (30mm); dull, deep green, with very light brown scales below. Shrub 4' (1.2m) tall x 3' (0.9m) wide in 11 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Mid April.

'Blue Target':  Lepidote. ('Blue Jay' x 'Crater Lake'). H (1981), G (1984), N, and REG (1997): August E Kehr, Hendersonville, NC. Fls 4-5/flat truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1" (25mm) long x 1.25" (30mm) wide, 5-lobed with flat margins; deep blue-violet in bud, opening brilliant violet (90C) with slight yellow center. Truss 2" (50mm) high x 2.5" (65mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, elliptic, upcurved margins, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 1.5" (40mm) x 0.9" (23mm); dull, deep green, with light brown scales above, below, and on petiole. Shrub 7' (2.1 m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 16 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Mid April.

'Brio':  Elepidote. ('Furnivall's Daughter' x 'Powell Glass'). H (1988), G (1995), N (1996), and REG (1997): Jane M Cunic, Pittsburgh, PA. Fls 13/ ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, 5-lobed with flat margins; light purplish pink (68D) in bud, opening inside white lightly tinged pink, with a prominent dark red (59A) dorsal blotch and spotting, covering an area c 1.5" (40mm) long x 0.6" (15mm) wide; outside white with light purplish pink (73C) midribs. Calyx very small, strong yellow green (143B). Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, decurved margins, cordate base, broadly acute apex, 5.25" (130mm) x 2.5" (65mm), semi-glossy, moderate olive green (147A). Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) tall x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 7 years. Plant hardy to at least -20°F (-29C); buds, -10°F (-23°C). Mid May.

'Cimarron Sun':  Elepidote. ('Nancy Evans' x 'Mrs. Furnivall'). H (1989), G (1993), N (1995), and REG (1997): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 24/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 2.9" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (60D) in bud, opening pale greenish yellow (13D) throughout, with three upper lobes flushed light greenish yellow (8B) and having multiple, prominent flares of discrete strong red (53C) spots. Calyx variable, 0.5"-1" (13-25mm) long, pale yellow (11C) with reddish edges and some (53C) spots. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, oblong, flat, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 4.5" (115mm) x 2" (50mm), semi-glossy, moderate olive green (147A). Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) tall x 1.7' (0.5m) wide in 4 years. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Mid-late May. (ARS Plant Awards eligibility list 1993)

'Cream Perfection':  Evergreen azalea. (Parentage unknown). History of plant unknown; REG (1997): August E Kehr, Hendersonville, NC. Fls 4-5/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 0.75" (19mm) long x 1" (25mm) wide, hose-in-hose with outer corolla irregular, and with 5 flat-edged lobes/whorl; deep cream in bud, opening light yellow shading to darker yellow throat, unmarked; outside light cream. Green calyx lacking. Truss 0.9" (23mm) high x 1.75" (45mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate base, broadly acute apex, 0.5" (13mm) x 0.25" (6mm), semi-glossy, light green. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 2' (0.6m) wide in 6 years. Plant and buds hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Mid April. (Note: Fls and lvs resemble those of kiusianum.) Probably a later synonym for 'Mizu-no-yamabuki' (at least as grown in the USA).

'Cream Ruffles':  Evergreen azalea. ('Kinpow'* x 'Anna Kehr'). H (1988), G(1991), N, and REG (1997): August E Kehr, Hendersonville, NC. Fls 2-3/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, hose-in-hose, semi-double or double, 1.75" (45mm) long x 2.75" (70mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes/whorl and some petaloid stamens; deep cream in bud, opening inside cream at margins with a yellowish green center spotted light greenish yellow; outside cream. Green calyx lacking. Truss 1.75" (45mm) high x 3.5" (90mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate base, broadly acute apex, 1.5" (40mm) x 0.6" (15mm), semi-glossy, deep green. Shrub 1.5' (0.45m) tall x 2' (0.6m) wide in 8 years, dense habit. Plant and buds hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Late May.

'Emily Elizabeth':  Elepidote. ('Furnivall's Daughter' x 'Trinity'). H (1988), G (1995), N (1997), and REG (1997): Jane M Cunic, Pittsburgh, PA. Fls 13-15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.25" (80mm) wide, 5-lobed with flat margins; light purplish pink (65B) in bud, opening white with a conspicuous flare of deep purplish red (61A) spots covering an area about 1.5" (40mm) long x 1" (25mm) wide on the dorsal lobe, with color showing through on reverse. Calyx very small, strong yellow green (143C). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, decurved margins, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 4.5" (115mm) x 2" (50mm), semi-glossy, moderate olive green (146A). Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) tall x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 7 years. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29°C); buds, -10°F (-23C). Late May.

'Fairy Mary':  Lepidote. (keiskei 'Yaku Fairy' x 'Mary Fleming'). H (pre 1982): Warren E Berg, Port Ludlow, WA; N: Philip Waldman, Roslyn, NY; I (1987): Roslyn Nursery, Dix Hills, NY; REG (1997): A Richard Brooks, Concord, MA. Fls 20/multi-bud, ball truss; openly funnel-shaped, 1" (25mm) long x 1.25"-1.5" (30-40mm) wide, 5-lobed with flat margins; buds pale greenish yellow (1D) with narrow, longitudinal stripes of moderate purplish pink (65A), opening pale purplish pink (65D) inside and out, striped light purplish pink (65B) on outside midribs; with age, color fades to pale yellow green (155A). Calyx very small, green. Truss 2.5" (65mm) high x 3" (75mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, elliptic, flat, rounded base, obtuse apex, 1.25"-2" (30-50mm) x 0.5"-0.75" (13-19mm); semi-glossy, moderate olive green (147A) above, with tiny rusty red scales beneath, dense, but not touching. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) tall x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in 15 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -17°F (-27C); buds, -10°F (-23°C). Mid May.

'Fred's Barbara':  Elepidote. ['Donna Hardgrove' x (yakushimanum x 'Harvest Moon')]. H (1976): John H McNeil, Cutchogue, NY; G, N, and REG (1997): Fred Winter, Pottstown, PA. Fls 10-12/ball truss, broadly funnel-campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, 7-lobed with wavy margins; light pink in bud, opening white with greenish yellow markings deep in throat. Lvs held 2 years, ovate, decurved margins, cuneate base, acute apex, 5" (125mm) x 2" (50mm), glossy above. Shrub 5.5' (1.7m) tall x 7' (2.1m) wide in 20 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least -10°F (-23C). Mid April-early May. (ARS Seed Exchange Lot 77-399)

'Harold Epstein':  Evergreen azalea. (Witches' broom from 'White Rosebud'). S (c 1987) and N (1994): Philip Waldman, Roslyn, NY; I (1994): Roslyn Nursery, Dix Hills, NY; REG (1997): August E Kehr, Hendersonville, NC. Fls 2-3/flat truss, broadly funnel-shaped, hose-in-hose, fully double (no stamens), c 1.8" (45mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 40 wavy-edged lobes; white throughout, unmarked. Green calyx lacking. Truss 1.5" (40mm) high x 3" (75mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, flat, rounded base, obtuse apex, 0.75" (19mm) x 0.4" (10mm), glossy, deep green. Shrub 0.8' (0.25m) tall x 1' (0.3m) wide in 5 years, dense growth habit. Plant and buds hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Late May. (Note: A E Kehr was the originator of 'White Rosebud')

'Inheritance':  Elepidote. ('Jock' x 'Antoon van Welie'). H (pre 1982): Everett E Farwell, Woodside, CA; N and REG (1997): Willamette Chapter (ARS) Study Group, Salem, OR. Fls 16/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.4" (60mm) long x 4.3" (110mm) wide, 5-lobed with wavy margins; vivid purplish red (66A) in bud, opening deep purplish pink (66C) throughout, with a few vivid purplish red (61C) dorsal spots. Calyx <0.1" (2mm) long, moderate purplish red (64A). Truss 8" (200mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, elliptic, decurved lengthwise with a twist, rounded (and very slightly oblique) base, acuminate apex, 4"-4.75" (100-120mm) x 2"-2.4" (50-60mm), dull, dark yellowish green (139A) above, with very thin covering of brownish fawn hairs beneath. Shrub 6' (1.8m) tall x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years. Mid May.

'Janet Flick':  Evergreen azalea. [('Triumph' x 'Beni-kirishima') x 'Marilee']. H (1984), G (1987), N, and REG (1997): August E Kehr, Hendersonville, NC. Fls 2/flat truss, broadly funnel-shaped, fully double (no stamens), c 1.5" (40mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 10 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish pink (62A). Calyx c 0.1" (3mm) long, green. Truss 1.25" (30mm) high x 2.5" (65mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 0.9" (23mm) x 0.5" (13mm), with hairs below and on petiole. Shrub 1'-1.5' (0.3-0.45m) tall x 2'-2.5' (0.6-0.75m) wide in 5 years, spreading to creeping habit. Plant and buds hardy to at least 0F (-18°C). Late May.

'Jay-Bob':  Elepidote. ('Hotei' x 'Morna Belle'). H (1989): Morna Stockman; G (1996), N (1997), and REG (1997): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 12-16/flat ball truss, campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, 6 wavy-edged lobes; close to vivid red (45B-C) in bud, opening deep yellowish pink (47C) to deep pink (47D) throughout, essentially unmarked, and fading inside to near strong pink (54C) with darker veins and very light central streaks on dorsal lobes; outside fades to deep pink (48A). Calyx 1" (25mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, decurved margins when mature, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 3.25" (80mm) x 1.5" (40mm). Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) tall x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 7 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

'Keca':  Lepidote. (calostrotum ssp. keleticum x white-flrd minus Carolinianum Group). H (pre 1970), G, N, I: G Guy Nearing, Ramsey, N); REG (1997): A Richard Brooks, Concord, MA. Fls 3-5/flat truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.2" (30mm) long x 1.75" (45mm) wide, 5-lobed with wavy margins; light purple (75A) in bud, opening inside light purple (75B) with moderate red (182A) speckling extending half way up dorsal lobe and edges of two lateral lobes; outside light purple (75B). Calyx 0.25" (6mm) long, moderate yellow green (147D). Truss 2" (50mm) high x 3" (75mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, elliptic, wavy and upcurved margins, cuneate/rounded base, acute apex, 1"-1.5" (25-40mm) x 0.5"-0.75" (13-19mm); semi-glossy, moderate olive green (137B) above, with dense covering of overlapping brownish orange (164A) scales beneath. Shrub 1.3' (0.4m) tall x 1.3' (0.4m) wide in 7 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least -12°F (-24C). Mid May.

'Laura Lee':  Elepidote. (Parentage unknown). H: Unknown; G (c 1990), N, and REG (1997): Marie Tietjens, Blue Bell, PA. Fls 9/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.25" (55mm) wide, 7-lobed with wavy margins, scented; deep pink (52C) in bud, opening light yellow (160B) inside with strong red (46A) throat and short rays of (46A) spotting extending upwards; margins and outside are moderate yellowish pink (39C). Calyx very small, strong yellow green (142A). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, flat, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 4.5" (115mm) x 1.5" (40mm), dark yellowish green (139A). Shrub 5' (1.5m) tall x 6.6' (2.0m) wide in 24 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least -10F (-23°C). Early-mid May.

'Lem's 49':  Synonym of 'Lem's Fortyniner'.

'Lem's Fortyniner':  Elepidote. ('J.H. van Nes' x 'Loderi King George'). H (pre 1966): Halfdan Lem, Seattle, WA; N (1997): Herbert Spady, Salem, OR; REG (1997): Willamette Chapter (ARS) Study Group, Salem, OR. Fls 10/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.75" (70mm) long x 4.75" (120mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes, scented; dark red (187A) in bud, opening inside very pale purple (69C) with a small central blotch of strong purplish red (64B); outside moderate purplish pink (68C). Calyx very small, green. Truss 6.7" (170mm) high x 8.7" (220mm) wide. Lvs held 1 year, elliptic, V-shaped along linear axis, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 3.5"-5.2" (90-130mm) x 1.5"-2" (40-50mm), glossy, dark yellowish green (139A) above. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 2' (0.6m) wide in 10 years. Mid May. (Synonym: 'Lem's 49')

'Lenore Marie':  Elepidote. (Parentage unknown). H: Unknown; G (c1990), N, and REG (1997): Marie Tietjens, Blue Bell, PA. Fls12/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, 5-lobed with wavy margins, heavy-textured; strong purplish red (67A) in bud, opening inside moderate purplish pink (62B) and pale yellowish pink (36D) with strong red (46A) throat and spotted (46A) rays extending outwards; outside strong purplish pink (62A). Calyx very small, moderate yellow green (138B). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, flat, rounded base, obtuse apex, 5" (125mm) x 2" (50mm), moderate olive green (137A). Shrub 2' (0.6m) tall x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in 20 years, open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -10°F (-23C). Early-mid May.

'Margaret White':  Elepidote. (Selection from makinoi). G and S (c 1980): Jack Ayers, Oakton, VA; REG (1997): H Edward Reiley, Woodsboro, MD. Fls 7-15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, 5-lobed with wavy margins; slightly deeper than pale purplish pink (56C) in bud, opening pale purplish pink (56C) throughout, with deeper pink stripes on outside midribs. Calyx 0.25" (6mm) long, white. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 4" (100mm) wide. Lvs held 5 years, linear, flat, cuneate base, broadly acute apex, 4.5" (115mm) x 0.75"-0.9" (19-23mm), glossy, dark green above, with hairs beneath (gray at first, becoming fawn). Shrub 4.5' (1.4m) tall x 7' (2.1m) wide in 19 years, very dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -10°F (-23°C). Early May. (ARS Seed Exchange Lot 77-237, c.w. Mikawa, Japan by Hideo Suzuki)

'Max Tietjens':  Elepidote. ('Dexter's Champagne'* x 'Dexter's Honeydew'). H (1972): E Walbrecht, Dover, NJ (now New Harbor, ME); G (1983), N, and REG (1997): Marie Tietjens, Blue Bell, PA. Fls 12/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, 7-lobed with wavy margins, scented; light purplish pink (55C) in bud, opening yellowish white (155B) with pale purplish pink (56B) margins and strong yellow green (145A) center; outside pale purplish pink (56B). Calyx very small, brilliant yellow green (149A). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, flat, rounded base, obtuse apex, 5" (125mm) x 2.25" (55mm), moderate olive green (147A). Shrub 5.2' (1.6m) tall x 7.5' (2.3m) wide in 24 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C). Early-mid May.

'Molly Fordham':  Lepidote. ('Balta' x white-flrd minus Carolinianum Group). H (1966)and N: Edmund V Mezitt, Hopkinton, MA; G (d 970) and I: Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, MA; REG (1997): Willamette Chapter (ARS) Study Group, Salem, OR. Fls 7/flat truss, saucer-shaped, 1" (25mm) long x 1.4" (35mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; buds pale purplish pink (62D) at tip, opening white inside with brilliant greenish yellow (1B) spots on dorsal lobe; outside white with slight (62D) streaking. Calyx very small, green. Truss 2" (50mm) high x 2.4" (60mm) wide. Lvs elliptic, flat, cuneate to rounded base, broadly acute apex, 0.8"-1" (20-25mm) x 0.25" (6mm), semi-glossy, moderate olive green (147A) above, with dark brown scales beneath, slightly more than their own width apart. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years. Early May.

'Mrs. J.A. Withington III':  Lepidote. [(PJM Group x white-flrd minus Carolinianum Group) x white-flrd dauricum]. H (pre 1977): Edmund V Mezitt, G (c 1977) and I (1980s as Weston Hybrid 77-153): Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, MA; N (1990): Robert Carlson, South Salem, NY; REG (1997): A Richard Brooks, Concord, MA. Fls 2-4/bud, often in multi-bud, dome trusses; saucer-shaped, 1" (25mm) long x 1.75"-2" (45-50mm) wide, fully double with petaloid stamens almost as large as normal 5-lobed corolla, with wavy margins; light purple (75A-B) in bud, opening inside very light purple (75C) at margins, shading to paler than very pale purple (75D) at center, unmarked, aging to (75D) margins and white center; outside (75C). Calyx negligible. Truss at least 2" (50mm) high x 3" (75mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, elliptic, flat, cuneate to rounded base, broadly acute apex, 1.5"-2.5" (40-65mm) x 0.75"-1" (19-25mm); semi-glossy, strong yellow green (144A) above, with moderate yellow green (146C) scales beneath, aging to light olive (152B); winter foliage mahogany color. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) tall x 2' (0.6m) wide in 4 years. Plant hardy to at least -25F (-32C); buds, -20°F (-29C). Early May.

'Pink Fondant':  Elepidote. ['Mars' x ('Catalgla' x wardii)]. H (probably pre 1960): Joseph B Gable, Stewartstown, PA; N and I (1970): Orlando S Pride, Butler, PA; REG (1997): A Richard Brooks, Concord, MA. Fls 12/conical truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3.25" (80mm) wide, 5-lobed with flat margins; strong purplish red (71C) in bud, opening inside strong purplish red (63B) shading to pale purplish pink (62D) in center, unmarked; outside strong purplish red (63A) at margins and midribs, shading lighter at base. Calyx negligible. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, elliptic to oblanceolate, flat, rounded to oblique base, broadly acute apex, 6.5"-7.75" (165-195mm) x 2"-2.5" (50-65mm), semi-glossy, dark yellowish green (139A). Shrub 4' (1.2m) tall x 5' (1.5m) wide in 8 years. Plant hardy to at least -12°F (-24C). Late May.

'Pink Moonstone':  Elepidote. (Parentage unknown). H (pre 1980): Unknown; I (1980s): Honsuchachac Rhododendron Garden, Salem, OR; REG (1997): Willamette Chapter (ARS) Study Group, Salem, OR. Fls 4-6/lax truss, open campanulate, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5-6 flat-edged lobes; strong purplish pink (55B) in bud, opening inside pale purplish pink (62D) and fading to white, unmarked; outside light purplish pink (62C), fading to white. Calyx <0.1" (2mm) long, strong greenish yellow (151A). Truss 3.5"-4.5" (90-115mm) high x 6"-6.5" (150-165mm) wide. Lvs held 4 years, elliptic to orbicular, de-curved margins, slightly cordate base, obtuse apex with mucro, 2.25"-2.5" (55-65mm) x 1.5"-1.75" (40-45mm), semi-glossy, moderate olive green (137A to 147A) above. Shrub 3.7' (1.1m) tall x 6' (1.8m) wide in 18 years, dense habit. Early April.

'Pink Elegance':  Lepidote. (racemosum 'Puyallup'* x minus var. chapmanii 'Biltmore'*). H (1968), G (1972), N (1997), and REG (1997): August E Kehr, Hendersonville, NC. Fls 40-50/ multi-bud, ball truss; funnel-shaped, 0.9" (23mm) long x 1.1" (30mm) wide, 5-lobed; deep pink in bud, opening pink with deep pink speckles in throat; outside pale purplish pink (55D); styles deep red at maturity. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 3" (75mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, elliptic, flat, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 1.25" (30mm) x 0.6" (15mm); semi-glossy, deep green, with brown scales below. Shrub 6' (1.8m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 19 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C). Late April.

'Rosado':  Elepidote. ('Paprika Spiced' x 'Fawn'). H (1989), G (1997), N (1997), and REG (1997): David Goheen, Camas, WA; I: A Sandy Rhododendron, Sandy, OR. Fls 12-14/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, heavy-textured, 7-lobed with wavy margins, scented; moderate red (47A) in bud, opening deep pink (52C) flushed light yellow (18A-B) in center and with a vivid reddish orange (41A) blotch and spotting in throat; outside midribs darker than (52C). Calyx minute, light green. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, elliptic, upcurved margins, broadly acute apex, 4.5" (115mm) x 2.5" (65mm), dull. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 2' (0.6m) wide in 6 years, open habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F(-18°C); buds, 5°F (-15C). May.

'Roy Stockman':  Elepidote. ('Lord Roberts' x 'Dianta'). H (1986): Morna Stockman; G (1996) and REG (1997): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; N (1996): Harold Stockman. Fls 9-16/ball truss, saucer-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, 5 wavy-edged lobes; close to vivid red (46B) in bud, opening vivid purplish red (67B) with discrete dark red dorsal spotting on a lighter ground. Calyx c 0.1" (c 3mm) long, greenish white. Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, elliptic, slightly wavy and decurved margins, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 4.2" (105mm) x 2" (50mm). Shrub 3.5' (1.1 m) tall x 3' (0.9m) wide in 11 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early June.

'Sedona':  Elepidote. ('Brinny' x 'Whitney's Late Frilled Yellow'*). H (1978), G (1984), N (1996), and REG (1997): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 12/flat truss, funnel-campanulate, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (46A) in bud, opening inside and out pale yellow (19C) at edges and deepening to light yellow (20B) at base; with prominent strong red (46A) throat and a flare of (46A) spots extending almost half way up dorsal lobe. Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, elliptic, decurved margins, cuneate base, broadly acute apex, 5.75" (145mm) x 2" (50mm), dull, moderate olive green (147A). Shrub 5' (1.5m) tall x 6.5' (2.0m) wide in 18 years. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late May-early June.

'R. 'Smokey'
'Smokey' ('Burgundy 'x 'Moser's Maroon'). Registered by the
Willamette Chapter Study Group, which has participated in the
"round-up" effort to register names for commercial rhododendrons.

'Smokey':  Elepidote. ('Burgundy' x 'Moser's Maroon'). H (pre 1966): Halfdan Lem, Seattle, WA; N and REG (1997): Willamette Chapter (ARS) Study Group, Salem, OR. Fls 15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.25" (80mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; deep purplish red (71A) in bud, opening inside vivid purple (81A) with conspicuous black spotted blotch on dorsal lobe, some spots extending onto adjacent lobes; outside vivid purple (81A) shading to deep purplish red (71A) at midribs. Calyx 0.2" (5mm) long, brown. Truss 4.4" (110mm) high x 6.9" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, elliptic, decurved margins, rounded base, broadly acute apex, bullate, 6" (150mm) x 2.4" (60mm), semi-glossy, dark bluish green (133A) to dark green (135A, 136A) above. Shrub 6' (1.8m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 5 years. Plant hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Mid-late May. (Synonym: 'Smokey No. 9')

'Smokey No. 9':  Synonym of 'Smokey'.

'Sunstone':  Elepidote. ('Hill's Low Red'* x 'Fawcett's Fantasy'). H (1984), G (1988), N, and REG (1997): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 17/ dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.75" (45mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (46A) in bud, opening inside light yellow (10C) with pale greenish yellow (10D) margins and a dark red (59A) blotch, c 0.5" (13mm) x 0.5" (13mm), on dorsal lobe; outside light yellow (10C) with moderate yellowish pink (38B) streaks on midribs. Calyx 0.5" (13mm) long, light yellow (10C)with two dark red (59A) dorsal flares. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, oblong, decurved margins, rounded base, broadly acute apex, 4.5" (115mm) x 1.6" (40mm), semi-glossy, moderate olive green (147A). Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 12 years. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late April-early May.

'Weston Hybrid 77-153':  Synonym of 'Mrs. J.A. Withington III'

'Winter Morn':  Elepidote. ('Mrs. J.C. Williams' x yakushimanum, Exbury form). H (1985), G (1990), N (1997), and REG (1997): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.75" (45mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, 6-lobed with frilled margins; moderate purplish pink (62B) in bud, becoming yellowish white (155D) throughout after opening, with sparse spotting of strong greenish yellow (151A) in dorsal throat. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, oblong, decurved margins, cuneate base, broadly acute apex, 6" (150mm) x 1.9" (50mm), semi-glossy, moderate olive green (147A) above, with slight yellowish white (158D) tomentum on new growth, and thin covering of moderate orange yellow (164C) hairs on underside of mature lvs. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall 4' (1.2m) wide in 12 years. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Mid May.

* The following unregistered names appear as parents in the above lists:
'Biltmore':  Selection from minus var. chapmanii
'Dexter's Champagne':  Dexter, parentage unknown
'Fawcett's Fantasy':  Fawcett, possibly dichroanthum hybrid (known in northwestern USA by illegitimate name 'Fantasy')
'Fourth of July':  Selection from oldhamii
'Georgia Giant':  James Harris, ('Moonbeam' x 'Lilacinum')
'Gumpo White Sport':  Bowhan selection of strong pink sport from 'Gumpo'
'Hill's Low Red': Hill, possibly cross of haematodes and yakushimanum
'Kinpow':  Evergreen azalea, cream-colored fls, obtained from Hideo Suzuki
'Puyallup':  Selection from racemosum
'Whitney's Late Frilled Yellow':  William Whitney, parentage unknown


Volume 52, Number 1
Winter 1998

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