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Volume 55, Number 4
Fall 2001

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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 August 1, 2001 by the Royal Horticultural Society, International Cultivar Registration Authority (ICRA) 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). The format for reporting parentage has been modified slightly to conform to that now used by the RHS. If the direction of the cross is known, the seed parent is followed by an "(s)". For the plant being described, seed and pollen parents are separated by an upper case "X". If either parent is itself a cross, the individual components within that cross are separated by a lower case "x". Parentheses are used only in describing the more complex crosses. Metric conversions of flower and leaf measurements are reported in 5mm (0.2") increments for dimensions greater than 25mm (1").

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.

(r) 'All Stars':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Holden' (s) X 'Skookum'. H (1996): Marilyn Whitman; G (2001), N (2001), and REG (2001): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.5" (40mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; vivid purplish red (66A) in bud, opening vivid purplish red (66B) inside and out, fading to white along midrib of each lobe internally to form a five-pointed star; slight dorsal spotting of deep orange yellow (163A); filament and style vivid purplish red (66B) to deep purplish pink (66C); lightly scented. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 5.25" x 2" (130mm x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, wavy margins, dull and slightly paler than dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 1.25' (0.4m) wide in 6 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early May.

R. 'All Stars'
'All Stars' ('Holden' x 'Skookum')

(r) 'Almost Kissed':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Yaku Sunrise' (s) X 'War Dance'. H (1994): Marilyn Whitman; G (2000), N (2000), and REG (2001): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 19/conical truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.75" (45mm) long x 2.25" (55mm) wide, with 5 wavy- to very wavy edged lobes; inside opening deep purplish pink (67C) with paler mottling throughout, sparse, dark red dorsal spotting, and a small, dark red marking at the base; outside vivid purplish red (66B). Truss 5.25" (130mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 3.5" x 1.5" (90mm x 40mm), oblong, broadly acute to obtuse apex, rounded base, flat to slightly wavy margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 1.75' (0.5m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early May.

(r) 'Art Dome':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Marinus Koster' (s) X 'Loderi Pink Diamond'. H (1974): Doris Griswold; N: William Griswold, G and I: Griswold Nursery, REG (2001): Garda Griswold and Orine Holm; all Kirkland, WA. Fls 9/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 4" (100mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; red in bud, opening vivid purplish red (61C) with darker freckles on dorsal lobe, and paling slightly with age; moderately scented. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 1.75" (115 x 45mm), ovate, broadly acute apex, rounded base, slightly upcurved margins; moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 8' (2.5m) wide in 25 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least -4°F (-20°C). Early May.

(r) 'Ashley Catherine':  Elepidote rhododendron: [(uvariifolium x Romany Chal Group) x 'Hotei'] (s) X (uvariifolium x Romany Chal Group). H (1989), G (1995), N (2001), and REG (2001): Catherine Weeks; I (2001): Westgate Garden Nursery; both Eureka, CA. Fls 8-9/slightly lax ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; buds brilliant greenish yellow (1B) shading to light orange (29B), opening inside brilliant greenish yellow (3B) shading to vivid yellow (16A) and light orange yellow (16B); outside light orange (29B); unmarked. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6.25" (155mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 3.5"-4" x 1.5"-1.75" (90-100mm x 40-45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, slightly downcurved margins, semi-glossy to dull, dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.3' (0.7m) high x 2.3' (0.7m) wide in 12 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early-mid April.

(r) 'Dora Frank':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Yellow Gay' * (s) X ('Whitney's Orange' x 'Golden Star'). H (1988), G (1998), N (2001) and REG (2001): Frank A. Arsen, Lindenhurst, NY. Fls 11/conical truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, 7 wavy-edged lobes; light yellowish pink (19B) in bud, opening inside light yellow (18B) with faint dorsal spotting of light greenish yellow (1C); outside pale yellow (18C). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 5.5" x 2" (140 x 50mm), oblong, obtuse apex, rounded base, downcurved margins, glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 13 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -8°F (-22°C). Late April.

(r) 'Ed Darts': Elepidote rhododendron: hemsleyanum (s) X 'Mrs. Lammot Copeland'. H (c 1980) and REG (2001): Alleyne R. Cook, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada; G and N: Francisca Darts, Surrey, B.C., Canada. Fls 12/lax truss, openly funnel-shaped, 4" (100mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish pink (67D) in bud, opening the same color outside; inside light purplish pink (73C) edged strong purplish pink (67D), the throat light greenish yellow (8B) for a depth of c 1" (25mm), with brown spotting; moderately scented. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 8"-10" (200-250mm) wide. Lvs 7" x 4" (175mm x 100mm), oblong, obtuse apex, cordate base, wavy margins, hairless. Shrub 12' (3.7m) high x 8' (2.5m) wide in c20 years, open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Early June.

(a) 'Fancy Face':  Evergreen azalea: (unknown evergreen rogue azalea from de Wilde Greenhouses, fls single, pink, 3.5" (90mm) wide, late) (s) X 'Blushing Angel'. H (1984), G (1987), N (2001), and REG (2001): Sandra McDonald, Hampton, VA. Fls hose-in-hose, 3/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.5" (40mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide with 5+5 wavy-edged lobes; white with deep pink (50B) stripes in bud, opening inside white with deep pink (50B) stripes and flecks; outside white, similarly marked. Calyx 1.5" (40mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 2" (50mm) high x 3.5" (90mm) wide. Lvs 1.5" x 0.75" (40mm x 20mm), elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins, semi-glossy and strong yellow green (144A) above, hairy. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 16 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5°F (- 15°C). Early.

(r) 'Fiona Christie':  Elepidote rhododendron: Parentage unknown. H (pre 1944): George Fraser, Ucluelet, B.C., Canada; G (1955): George Grosmith, Victoria, B.C., Canada; N (2001) and REG (2001): W.A. (Bill) Dale, Sidney, B.C., Canada. Fls 14/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; strong red (53C) in bud, opening strong red (53D) inside and out, with small, dark brown spots on dorsal lobe. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs 5" x 2" (125mm x 50mm), oblong, acute apex, rounded base, flat margins, dull and moderate yellowish green (138A) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in c 50 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late May.

(r) 'Florence Thelus Philips':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Loderi Pink Diamond' (s) X 'Polar Bear'. H (1982), G (1992), N, and REG (2001): Catherine Weeks; I (1997): Westgate Garden Nursery; both Eureka, CA. Fls 9-10/truss, openly funnel-shaped, 3.5" (90mm) long x 5" (125mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (59D) in bud, opening moderate, light, and pale purplish pink (62B-D) inside and out, with a slight, reddish dorsal blotch; strongly scented. Truss 9" (225mm) high x 7.5" (190mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6" x 3.25" (150mm x 80mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, slightly wavy margins, semi-glossy and strong yellow green (143B) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 7' (2.1m) wide in 18 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Glenwood Sentinel':  Lepidote rhododendron: minus Carolinianum Group, dark pink form (s) X dauricum, purple form. H (1982), G (1985), N (2000), and REG (2001): G. David Lewis, Colts Neck, NJ. Fls 3/bud, 1-2 buds/tip, openly funnel-shaped, 1.2" (30mm) long x 1.8" (45mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (72A) in bud, opening inside light purple (75A) at margins, shading to very pale purple (75D) at center; outside light purple (84B) at margins, shading to very pale purple (84D) at base; unmarked. Calyx minute, light green with tiny, colorless scales and white hairs. Terminal inflorescence 1.5"-2" (40-50mm) high x 2.5"-3" (65-75mm) wide. Lvs held 1.5 years, 2" x 1" (50mm x 25mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down-curved margins, semi-glossy and moderate yellow green (148A) above (dark red in winter); with tiny, tan to brown scales, more numerous below; petioles scaly. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 18 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least - 10°F (- 23°C). Mid April.

(r) 'Green-eyed Ghost':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Catawbiense Album' (s) X 'White Gold'. H (1995): Marilyn Whitman; G (2001), N (2001), and REG (2001): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 11/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.25" (80mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; very pale purple (76D) in bud, opening inside white, tinged pale lavender at margins, with a prominent dorsal blotch of strong yellow green (144B) spots on a brilliant greenish yellow (1A) ground; outside white, lightly tinged lavender at edges. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 5" x 2" (125x50mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, somewhat rounded base, flat margins, dull and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.7' (0.5m) high x 2' (0.6m) wide in 6 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early May.

(r) 'Hank's Find':  Elepidote rhododendron: selection from degronianum ssp. heptamerum (Oki Island form). Seed collected on Oki Island by T. Rokujo, Japan; germinated by J.F. Caperci, Seattle, WA; G (c 1975) and S: (c 1980): H.A. Schannen, Jackson, NJ; N (2001) and REG (2001): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ; I (1999): Rare Find Nursery, Jackson, NJ. Fls 12/dome truss, broadly funnel-campanulate, 1.5" (40mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; deep purplish pink (66C) in bud, opening moderate purplish pink (62B) throughout, the inside fading with age to very pale purple (69) except at tips of lobes, and with a small patch of tiny, light yellow (18A) spots in the dorsal throat; stigma brilliant greenish yellow (6A). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 4.5" x 1.5" (115mm x 40mm), oblong, obtuse apex, rounded base, slightly wavy margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137B) above, with a light tan, felted indumentum below. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Late April-early May. (Synonym: R. metternichii, Oki Island form)

(r) 'Irene Virag':  Elepidote rhododendron: (yakushimanum x 'Dexter's Orange') (s) X ('Phipps Yellow' x 'Orange Marmalade'). H (1990), G (1995), N (2001) and REG (2001): Frank A. Arsen, Lindenhurst, NY. Fls 8/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, 6 frilly-edged lobes; light purplish pink (55C) in bud, opening inside pale purplish pink (56B) with faint dorsal spotting of strong purplish pink (55B); outside pale purplish pink (56A). Truss 3.5" (90mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs 6.5" x 2.25" (165mm x 55mm), oblong, acute apex, oblique base, downcurved margins, dull and moderate olive green (137B) above, hairless. Shrub 4.2' (1.3m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 11 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -12°F (-24°C). Late April-early May.

(r) 'Janet Boyle Sikora':  Elepidote rhododendron: Unnamed Lem hybrid, pink-flowered (s) X falconeri ssp. eximium. H (1986), G (1996), N (2001), and REG (2001): Catherine Weeks; I: Westgate Garden Nursery; both Eureka, CA. Fls 10/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; very pale purple (69A) in bud, opening pale yellow (11D) inside and out; lightly scented. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 2.5" (125mm x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins, glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 7' (2.1m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 19 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Kool':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Gladsgay Gardens' * (s) X 'Carolyn Grace'. H (1995): Marilyn Whitman; G (2001), N (2001), and REG (2001): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 17-20/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.75" (45mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; moderate purplish red (70A) in bud, opening inside moderate purplish pink (78D), streaked strong reddish purple (78B) along sides of dorsal lobes, with brown spots on the dorsal lobe and a butterfly shaped marking at base; outside light purple (78C) with vivid reddish purple (74B) veining. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Lvs 5.5" x 2.25" (140mm x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, slightly wavy margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.75' (0.8m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 6 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -10°F (-23°C). Early May.

(r) 'Lacy Ann':  Elepidote rhododendron: (Jalisco Group x yakushimanum) (s) X ('Jalisco Elect' x 'Yellow Creek'). H (1981): Cecil Smith, St. Paul, OR; G (1987): Richard Cavender, Sherwood, OR; N (1989) and REG (2001): Robert MacArthur, Vancouver, WA. Fls 14-16/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; deep pink (48A) in bud, opening inside light yellow (11B), with rays of moderate pink (49B) extending from center to outer edges, and with slight spotting of deep pink (48A); outside strong pink (49A). Calyx minute, greenish red. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 4"-5" x 1.5"-2" (100-125mm x 40-50mm), elliptic, flat, obtuse apex, rounded base, moderate olive green (146A) above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C). April-May. (ARS Seed Exchange lot 82-743)

(r) 'Lavender Halo':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Vossberg No. 2' * (s) X 'Vossberg No. 2' *. H (1991): Marilyn Whitman; G (1998), N (2000), and REG (2001): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 12/conical truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.75" (70mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; strong reddish purple (70B) in bud, opening very pale purple (76D) with a prominent border of moderate purplish pink (66D) inside and out; stamens short, with strong to light purple (77B-C) anthers. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 2.25" (100mm x 55mm), ovate, obtuse apex, oblique base, flat margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 3.25' (1.0m) high x 3.25' (1.0m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early May.

(r) 'Maranda Nicole':  Elepidote rhododendron: (Jalisco Group x yakushimanum) (s) X ('Jalisco Elect' x 'Yellow Creek'). H (1981): Cecil Smith, St. Paul, OR; G (1987): Richard Cavender, Sherwood, OR; N (1989) and REG (2001): Robert MacArthur, Vancouver, WA. Fls 10-12/dome truss, funnel-campanulate, 2"-2.5" (50-65mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 6-7 wavy-edged lobes; light yellow (11B) in bud, opening inside light greenish yellow (8B) and shading slightly deeper in the throat, with strong red (46A) spotting on dorsal lobe; outside yellow (8). Calyx minute, greenish red. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 4"-5" x 1.5"-2" (100-125mm x 40-50mm), elliptic, flat, obtuse apex, rounded base, dull and moderate olive green (146A) above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C) April-May. (ARS Seed Exchange lot 82-743)

(r) 'Master Spencer David':
Elepidote rhododendron: yakushimanum (s) X ('Lem's Early Yellow'* x 'Cheyenne'). H (1980), N (2001), and REG (2001): Catherine Weeks; G (1995): Cindy Lovett; I (1999): Westgate Garden Nursery; all Eureka, CA. Fls 12/slightly lax dome truss, broadly funnel-campanulate, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; light greenish yellow (1C) in bud, opening light greenish yellow (1C) throughout, unmarked. Truss 5.25" (130mm) high x 7.5" (190mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 5" x 2" (125mm x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, downcurved margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, with tan, lightly plastered hairs below on new growth. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 21 years, compact habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Patricia Boyle Barnum': Elepidote rhododendron: Unnamed Lem hybrid, pink-flowered (s) X falconeri ssp. eximium. H (1986), G (1996), N, and REG (2001): Catherine Weeks; I (1997): Westgate Garden Nursery; both Eureka, CA. Fls 10/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.75" (70mm) long x 4.5" (115mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; no stamens present; strong purplish red (64B) in bud, opening strong purplish red (63B) and changing to light greenish yellow (4B-C) throughout; lightly scented. Truss 7" (175mm) high x 9" (225mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 8" x 3.25" (200x80mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 19 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Peter Bee': Lepidote rhododendron: hanceanum Nanum Group (Cox form)(s) X keiskei 'Yaku Fairy'. H (1967), G (1970-71), and REG (2001): Warren Berg, Port Ludlow, WA; N: Peter Cox, Perth, Scotland, and Warren Berg; I (2002-03): Dover Nursery, Sandy, OR and Glendoick Gardens, Perth, Scotland. Fls 5/truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.5" (40mm) long x 1.75" (45mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; pale greenish yellow (9D) in bud, opening light greenish yellow (6C) throughout, unmarked. Calyx c 0.1" (3mm) long, light yellow green (145D). Truss 1.75" (45mm) high x 2.5" (65mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 1.5"-2.25" x 0.5"-0.75" (40-55mm x 15-20mm), elliptic, flat, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, dull and moderate yellow green (137C) above; with widely spaced scales, clear at first, becoming rusty-colored. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 33 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Early May.

(r) R. metternichii, Oki Island form: Synonym of 'Hank's Find'.

(r) 'Skylar Rose Nelson':  Elepidote rhododendron: ['Lem's Cameo' x ('Fabia' x Temple Belle Group)] (s) X ('Jan-Di-Lyn' x 'Unimak'). H (1985) and G: Gregory H. Kesterson, Freeland, WA; N (2001): Bernard and Karol Nelson, and REG (2001): Nelson's Nursery, Sedro-Woolley, WA. Fls 16/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (53D) in bud, opening inside strong purplish red (54A) at margins, shading through deep purplish pink (54B), strong pink (54C), and moderate purplish pink (54D), to pale greenish yellow (10D) deep in the throat, with vivid red (45A) spotting at base; outside strong purplish red (54A). Calyx 1.5" (40mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6.5" x 2.5" (165mm x 65mm), oblong, flat, obtuse apex, rounded base, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C); buds, 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Snow King':  Elepidote rhododendron: Parentage unknown. H: Fred Minch; G (1997), N (2001), and REG (2001): R.W. Ward; both Puyallup, WA. Fls 16/flattened dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 7 frilly-edged lobes; yellowish white (155B) in bud, opening yellowish white (155D) throughout, with a few moderate purplish red (186B) spots on the dorsal lobe. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.25" x 1.75" (105mm x 45mm), obovate, obtuse apex, rounded base, upcurved margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 3.5' (1.1m) high x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in c 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late April.

(a) 'Springtime Blush':  Evergreen azalea: (Unknown evergreen rogue azalea from de Wilde Greenhouses, fls single, pink, 3.5" (90mm) wide, late) (s) X 'Blushing Angel'. H (1984), G (1987), N (2001), and REG (2001): Sandra McDonald, Hampton, VA. Fls hose-in-hose, 3/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.75" (45mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5+5 frilly-edged lobes; moderate purplish pink (62B) in bud, opening inside with light purplish pink (62C) edges, a white center, and discrete spotting of moderate purplish pink (62B) on the dorsal lobe and half of adjacent lobes; outside edged light purplish pink (62C), with a white base. Calyx 1.5" (40mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 4" (100mm) wide. Lvs to 1.5" x 0.5" (40mm x 13mm), elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, wavy margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairy (white at first, aging to tan). Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 16 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C). Early.

(r) 'Squirt':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Vulcan's Flame' (s) X 'Kimberly'. H (1990): Marilyn Whitman; G (1997), N (2001), and REG (2001): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 11/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; moderate purplish pink (66D) in bud, opening deep purplish pink (66C) at margins, shading to very pale purple (69C) at lobe centers and base; outside with vivid purplish red (66B) margins and veining, shading to a light grayish tone between the lobes. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 4.75" x 2" (120mm x 50mm), elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, flat margins, dull green above, hairless. Shrub 1.3' (0.4m) high x 2.2' (0.7m) wide in 11 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -10°F (-23°C). Late May.

(r) 'Voda Brim':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Dexter's Champagne' (s) X 'Unique'. H (1991), G (1995), N (2001), and REG (2001): J. Delbert Brim, Mount Airy, NC. Fls 12/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; light pink in bud, opening inside yellowish white (155B), the throat pale yellow green (4D) with several short, strong red (46A) flares; outside yellowish white (155B), edged pale purplish pink (56D); anthers black; lightly scented. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.5" x 2" (140mm x 50mm), oblong, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins, glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 3.7' (1.1m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 9 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Mid-late April.

(r) 'White Ice':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Wheatley' (s) X 'Kimberly'. H (1989): Marilyn Whitman; G (1996), N (2001), and REG (2001): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 13/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.75" (45mm) long x 2.75" (70mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; vivid purplish red (57D) in bud, opening inside very pale purple (69D) at margins, fading to white at lobe centers and base, with two dark red, spotted brush strokes (c13mm long) at base; outside white, flushed very pale purple (69B) at margins and with (69B) veining. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 5" x 2.5" (125mm x 65mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, cordate to oblique base, flat margins, semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 3.8' (1.2m) high x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in 12 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early May.

* The following unregistered names appear as parents in the above descriptions:
'Gladsgay Gardens': Elepidote rhododendron. H: C.O. Dexter, parentage unknown.
'Lem's Early Yellow': Elepidote rhododendron. H: H. Lem, parentage unknown.
'Vossberg No. 2': Elepidote rhododendron. H: P. Vossberg, parentage unknown.
'Yellow Gay': Elepidote rhododendron. H: J. Rosenthal, 'Inca Gold' (s) X (yakushimanum x wardii).


Volume 55, Number 4
Fall 2001

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