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Volume 56, Number 4
Fall 2002

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American Rhododendron Society Register of Plant Names
Jay W Murray
North American Registrar of Plant Names
Colts Neck, New Jersey

  The following rhododendron and azalea names, submitted through the North American registrar, were approved and added to the International Rhododendron Register prior to July 23, 2002 by the Royal Horticultural Society, International Cultivar 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). The format for reporting parentage conforms with that now used by the ICRA. 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.

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 5 mm (0.2") increments for dimensions greater than 25mm (1").

(r) 'Alyssa Nori':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X ('Crest' x 'Ken Janeck'). H (1975), G (1982), and REG (2002): E.C. (Ned) Brockenbrough, Hunts Point, WA; N (2002): Bernard & Karol Nelson, and I (2002): Nelson's Nursery, Sedro Woolley, WA. Fls 17-20/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.8" - 3" (70-75mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 5-6 wavy-edged lobes; inside light orange yellow (16B) shading lighter to pale orange yellow (16D) at margins, with small, vivid red (45B) nectaries; outside pale orange yellow (16D). Calyx lobes 0.8" (20mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" - 7" x 2.2" - 2.5" (125 - 175 x 55 - 65mm), broadly elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded to slightly cordate base, flat margins; moderate green (137) above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Awesome Blossom':  Elepidote rhododendron: ('Yaku Sunrise' x 'Gigi') (s) X 'War Dance'. H (1997): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 21/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; vivid red (46B) in bud, opening inside strong purplish red (54A) and gradually paling at center, with sparse spotting of strong red (45D) on the three dorsal lobes; outside strong purplish red (54A), lightly tinged vivid red (45B) on midribs. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 6" x 2.5" (l50 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, wavy and down-curved margins; semi-glossy and dark green (136A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 1.8' (0.55m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -10°F (- 23°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Butterflies In The Snow':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Anna' (s) X R. yakushimanum, Exbury form. H (1992) and G (1999): Ralph Burns; N (2002) and REG (2002): Frances Burns, Vida, OR. Fls 14/dome truss, open campanulate, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3.4" (85mm) wide, with 5(-6) frilly-edged lobes; strong red (51A) in bud, opening inside white with a small, strong red (51A) butterfly-shaped dorsal flare, fading somewhat with age; outside white lightly flushed strong red (51A) at base; filaments and style white; anthers tan; stigma pale greenish yellow (1D). Calyx lobes less than 0.1" (1.5mm) long; pale yellow (161D) tipped strong red (51A). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 4" x 2" (15 x 50mm), oblanceolate/elliptic, acute apex, oblique base, flat margins; dull and dark yellowish green (139A) above; with a sparse, hairy indumentum on underside of leaf and short hairs on mid vein, grayed at first, becoming moderate yellow (162A). Shrub 3.3' (1.0m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Champagne Lady':  Elepidote rhododendron: ('Fawn' x 'Indian Penny') (s) X {[(Olympic Lady Group x R. elliottii) x 'Oasis'] x 'Idealist'} . H (1992) and G (1999): Ralph Burns; N (2002) and REG (2002): Frances Burns, Vida, OR. Fls 9/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped with reflexed lobes, 3" (75mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; moderately scented; strong purplish red (54A) in bud, opening inside light pink (39D) at margin and shading to light yellowish pink (27A) at center, unmarked; outside light pink (39D); stigma strong yellow green (145A). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (1.5-3mm) long, strong yellow green edged strong purplish red (67A). Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 7.9" x 2.6" (200 x 65mm), elliptic, acute apex, oblique base, wavy and down-curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Cinnamon Toast':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. kyawii (s) X R. yakushimanum. H (1962) and G: (1965): Arthur Childers, Vida, OR; N (1999) and REG (2002): Frances Burns, Vida, OR. Fls5-7/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; moderate purplish red (58A) in bud, opening inside pale purplish pink (62D) with a moderate purplish red (S8A) central star and (S8A) edging, the dorsal lobes with (S8A) speckles; outside pale purplish pink (62D) with strong purplish red (58C) midribs; pedicel moderate purplish red (58A); style and stigma deep purplish red (61A). Calyx lobes to 0.25" (c 3-6mm) long, gray edged with strong purplish red (58B), hairy. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 3.2" x 1.5" (80 x 40mm), lanceolate, acuminate apex, rounded base, down-curved margins, dull and moderate olive green (137A) above; with a thick, hairy indumentum, moderate orange yellow (164B) at first, maturing to moderate yellow (163C). Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 15 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Coastal Spice':  Lepidote rhododendron: ('Fragrantissimum' x R. burmanicum) (s) X R. edgeworthii (Bodnant form). H (1986), G, N, and REG (2002): J.W. Gerdemann, Yachats, OR. Fls 4-5/flat truss, open funnel campanulate, 3" (75mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; strong red (53B) in bud, opening inside greenish white (1 SSC) flushed light yellow (12C) and with an irregular, strong red (S3D) flare on dorsal lobes, which pales with age to light pink; outside opening strong red (53D) and paling with age to greenish white (155C) with light pink streaks on mid veins. Calyx 5-lobed, the two dorsal lobes c 0.5" (15mm) long, fused almost to apex, very hairy, non-fading strong red (53B-C); laterals slightly shorter, not fused to dorsals, more pointed and hairier, also non-fading (53B-C); ventral lobe c 0.3" (7mm) long, rounded at apex, light green, hairy. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 5" x 1.5" (125 x 40mm), elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, with deeply impressed veins; glossy and deep green above, with inconspicuous scales below. Shrub upright, 6.5' (2.0m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 12 years. Plant hardy to at least 15°F (-9°C); buds, 20°F (-7°C). April-May. (Synonym: 'Dan's Commercial')

(r) 'Dan's Commercial':  synonym of 'Coastal Spice'.

(r) 'Dutch Master':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Marinus Koster' (s) X thought to be 'Marinus Koster'. H, G, S (1970), and N: Pauline Newberry, Fort Bragg, CA; I: Trillium Lane Nursery; REG (2002): Eleanor Philp, Fort Bragg, CA. Fls 16/conical truss, openly funnel-shaped, 5" (125mm) long x 5" (125mm) wide, 5 wavy-edged lobes; vivid purplish red (57C) in bud, opening inside deep purplish pink (58D) at margins, shading to pale purplish pink (56D) at center, with moderate purplish red (58A) spots on dorsal lobe; outside vivid purplish red (57C) to strong purplish pink (62A). Calyx lobes 0.5" (l3mm) long, moderate purplish red (58A). Truss 8" (200mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs 6.5" x 2.25" (165 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat and down-curved margins, dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 17°F (-8°C). April-May.

(r) 'Flash Bang':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Phipps Yellow' (s) X 'Blondie'*. H (1998): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 8/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 6-7 wavy/frilly-edged lobes; buds pale yellow (20C) marked with deep pink (52B), opening inside pale yellow (20C) with a pale orange yellow (16D) throat, and with deep pink (52B) streaks extending from lobe sinuses to base, fading to pale pink with age; outside pale yellow (19C) tinged pale pink; lightly scented. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs 6" x 2.5" (150x65mm), oblong, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and dark green (136A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.7' (0.5m) high x l4' (0.4m) wide in 4 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, - 5°F (- 21°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Ghost Dancer':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Westbury' (s) X R. pseudochrysanthum (Ben Nelson form). H (1997): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 14/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy edged lobes; deep purplish pink (66C) in bud, opening inside paler than very pale purple (69D) with brilliant yellow (11A) spotting at base, changing to deep orange yellow (163A); outside dorsal lobes very pale purple (69D), ventral lobes paler. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs 5" x 2" (125 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.2' (0.65) high x 2.2' (0.65m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, - l0°F (-23°C). Early May.

(r) 'Giggles':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Scintillation' (s) X 'Double Eagle'*. H (1997): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 13-18/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.75" (45mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 5-7 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (54A) in bud, opening inside pale pink at first, changing to vivid to brilliant yellow (15A C) with brilliant yellow (11A) spotting on three dorsal lobes; outside pale yellow (11C). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Lvs 6.5" x 3" (165 x 75mm), oblong, obtuse apex, rounded base, down-curved margins, semi-glossy and dark green (136A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.7' (0.5m) high x 1.5' (0.45m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Late April-early May

(r) 'Gladsgay Gardens':  Elepidote rhododendron: parentage unknown. H (pre 1943): C. O. Dexter, Sandwich, MA; G: Unknown; N (2000): J.W. Murray, Colts Neck, NJ; REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 19/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy edged lobes; vivid purple (80A) in bud, opening inside vivid purple (80A) at margins shading to light purple (80C) at center, with deep orange yellow (163A) spotting on the dorsal lobe; outside pale violet with strong purple (80B) midribs and margins; filaments and style vivid purple (80A). Truss 7.5" (190mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs 5.5" x 2.2" (140 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 4.5' (1.4m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, - l0°F (-23°C). Mid May. (Synonym: 'Mrs. Glass Dexter'. NOTE: cuttings of some unnamed Dexter elepidotes were obtained from the garden of Mrs Powell Glass by Dr Wheeldon who owned Gladsgay Gardens. When Dr Wheeldon's nursery was purchased by the uncle of B. Townes, the identification tag (giving source of original cuttings) was apparently taken to be a name tag; the plant is in the trade in NC under the name 'Mrs. Glass Dexter')

(r) 'Hawaiian Tropic':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Naselle' (s) X 'Unique Marmalade'. H (1997), G (2000), N, and REG (2002): Stuart T. Imrie,  Bonney Lake, WA; to be I (2005): Lake Tapps Rhododendron Nursery, Bonney Lake, WA. Fls 12-15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.25" (80mm) wide, with 6 frilly-edged lobes; vivid purplish red (57B) in bud, opening inside bicolor with pale yellowish pink (36D) at margins, and yellowish white at center of lobes and in throat; outside pale yellowish pink (36D) shading to yellowish white at base. Calyx lobes c 0.l" (3mm) long, brilliant yellow green (149A). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 5" x 2" (125 x 50mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins, glossy green above, with a light olive brown indumentum (199B) below. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2' (0.6m) wide in 5 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C). April.

(r) 'Hokus Pokus':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Scintillation' (s) X 'Double Eagle'*. H (1997): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 7-8 per dome/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5-6 wavy/frilly-edged overlapping lobes, of heavy substance; stamens lacking; light yellowish pink (159A) in bud, opening inside light greenish yellow (4B) shading to pale yellow green (4D) at margins, with vivid red (45A) speckling on the three dorsal lobes, the markings becoming more numerous near the base; outside pale yellow green (4D). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs 6" x 3" (150 x 75mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cordate base, wavy margins, semi-glossy and dark green (136A) above, hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 1.8' (0.55m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Late April-early May.

(r) 'Horizon Atoc':  Elepidote rhododendron: ('Hotei' x 'Brandt's Tropicana') (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'. H (1978), G (1983), and REG (2002): E.C. (Ned) Brockenbrough, Hunts Point, WA; N (1984): Donald K. McClure, Seattle, WA; I (2002): Nelson's Nursery, Sedro Woolley, WA. Fls 8-10/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 7 flat-edged lobes; strong red (50A) in bud, opening inside pale orange yellow (23D), blending into strong red (50A) at the margins, and with prominent, discrete, vivid red (45A) spotting covering most of the dorsal lobe and half of each adjacent lobe; outside light pink (49C). Calyx lobes 0.2"-1.2" (5-30mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6" x 2" (150 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, wavy margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Late May.

R. 'Horizon Atoc'
'Horizon Atoc'
Elepidote rhododendron: ('Hotei' x 'Brandt's Tropicana') (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'.

(r) 'Horizon Fiesta':  Elepidote rhododendron: ('Hotei' x R. yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada') (s) X ('Whopper' x 'Lem's Cameo'). H (1983), G (1989), N (2002), and REG (2002): E.C. (Ned) Brockenbrough, Hunts Point, WA; I (2002): Nelson's Nursery, Sedro Woolley, WA. Fls 16-18/dome truss, broadly campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; deep purplish pink (54B) in bud, opening inside pale orange yellow (23D), blending into strong pink (54C) at the margins, with a prominent, vivid red (45B) center; outside pale purplish pink (56A). Calyx lobes 0.5" (c 13mm) long, strong pink (54C). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2-3 years, 5" x 1.8" (125 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down-curved margins; semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Horizon Garnet':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Anna' (s) X 'Kilimanjaro'. H (1974), G (1982), and REG (2002): E.C. (Ned) Brockenbrough, Hunts Point, WA; N (2002): Bernard & Karol Nelson, and I (2002): Nelson's Nursery, Sedro Woolley, WA. Fls 25/conical truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; deep red (60A) in bud, opening strong red (46A) throughout, with blackish red spotting on all lobes, most concentrated on dorsal lobes. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 6"-7" x 1.5"-2" (150-175 x 40-50mm), elliptic, acute apex, slightly oblique base, upcurved margins; semi-glossy and moderate green (137) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 8°F (- l3°C); buds, 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Horizon Wildfire':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X ('Whopper' x 'Lem's Cameo'). H (1982), G (1988), N, and REG (2002): E.C. (Ned) Brockenbrough, Hunts Point, WA; I (2002): Nelson's Nursery, Sedro Woolley, WA. Fls 9-11/flat lax truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (51A) in bud, opening inside light yellow (20B), blending with strong red (51A) at the margins, with a prominent, vivid red (45A) central blotch; outside strong red (51A). Calyx lobes 0.8" (20mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6"-7" x 2" (150–175 x 50mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Late May.

(r) 'Hot Diggity Dog':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Scintillation' (s) X 'Double Eagle'*. H (1997): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 21 per dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.5" (40mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 6-7 wavy-edged lobes; buds light yellowish pink (27A) at base shading to strong purplish red (54A) at apex, opening inside cream with a pale yellow (11C) throat, moderate purplish pink (65A) edges, and sparse, deep purplish red (61A) dorsal spotting; outside cream, the base pale yellow (11C) and the edges moderate purplish pink (65A). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs 7" x 3" (175 x 75mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, oblique base, flat and down-curved margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.8' (0.55m) high x 2.2' (0.65m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early-mid May.

(r) 'John's Soft Peach':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Apricot Fantasy' (s) X 'Lemon Marmalade'*. H (c1993): Clint Smith, Sumner, WA; G (1997), N, and REG (2002): Stuart T. Imrie, Bonney Lake, WA; I (2002): Lake Tapps Rhododendron Nursery, Bonney Lake, WA. Fls 9–15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, c 3.2" (c 80mm) long x 5" (125mm) wide, 5-7 frilly-edged lobes; strong reddish orange (32B) in bud, opening inside light yellowish pink (29C); outside brilliant orange (29A). Calyx lobes 1.2" (30mm) long, brilliant orange (29A). Truss 6"-7" (150-175mm) high x 7"-8" (175-200mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 6.5" x 2" (165x50mm), oblong, obtuse apex, cuneate base, down-curved margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 5'-6' (l.5-1.8m) high x 6' (l.8m) wide in 15 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C). Late June.

(r) 'Lobo's Lemon Lime':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Art Childers' (s) X R. yakushimanum, Exbury form. H (1992) and G (1999): Ralph Burns; N (2002) and REG (2002): Frances Burns, Vida, OR. Fls 11/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 1.5" (40mm) wide, with 6 frilly-edged lobes; brilliant greenish yellow (2B) in bud, opening inside brilliant greenish yellow (2B) paling to pale greenish yellow (1D) at edges, the dorsal lobes with strong greenish yellow (151A) speckling; outside light yellow green (2C). Calyx with one lobe c 3mm long, adhering to corolla; 4 lobes, each c 10mm long, curled; pale greenish yellow (1D). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 1.2" (100 x 30mm), narrowly oblanceolate, acuminate apex, cuneate base, down curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Lobo's Lollipops':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Sandy Mile' (s) X R. yakushimanum, Exbury form. H (1992) and G (1999): Ralph Burns; N (2002) and REG (2002): Frances Burns, Vida, OR. Fls 15/ball truss, open campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 1.2" (30mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; strong purplish red (54A) in bud, opening inside and out pale purplish pink (56C) edged with a band (c 15mm wide) of deep purplish pink (54B), the inside with three speckled, strong greenish yellow (151A) dorsal flares, the outside midribs strong purplish red (54A) blending gradually into the principal color; stigma strong purplish red (54A); stamens pale purplish pink (56A-D). Calyx lobes to 0.1" (1.5-3mm) long, pale yellow green (194D), edged with strong purplish red (54A). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 6" x 2" (150 x 50mm), oblanceolate/elliptic, acute apex, oblique base, wavy and down-curved margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Mid-late May.

(r) 'Maesie': Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lady de Rothschild' (s) X 'Noyo Chief'. H (1992) and G (2001): Mae Lauer, Fort Bragg, CA; N (2002) and REG (2002): Cathi Love, Fort Bragg, CA; to be I (c 2004): Love Ericaceae, Fort Bragg, CA. Fls 25-27/conical truss, funnel-campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (53B) in bud, opening inside and out strong red (53B) at margins, c 0.4" (10mm) wide, shading through vivid purplish red (57C-57D) to pale purplish pink (56C) at base, with diffuse strong red (53B) dorsal spots. Calyx lobes c 0.2" (c 5mm) long; light yellow (160B). Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 6" x 2" (150 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, down-curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6.5' (2.0m) wide in 9 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 19°F (-7°C). Early March.

(r) 'Mrs Glass Dexter':  synonym of 'Gladsgay Gardens'

(r) 'Petit Four':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Ditto's Mom'* (s) X R. yakushimanum, Exbury form. H (1992), G (1999), and N (2002): Ralph Burns; REG (2002): Frances Burns, Vida, OR. Fls 10/lax truss, campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 5 frilly edged lobes; deep yellowish pink (39B) in bud, opening inside pale orange yellow (24D) with deep yellowish pink (39B) bands extending from lobe sinuses to the strong orange yellow (24B) center; outside deep yellowish pink (39B) with deep pink (50B) striations along center of each lobe and along margins. Calyx lobes variable, 0.1"-0.25" (3-6mm) long to the dorsal 0.6" (15mm) long, pale yellow (20D). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 5.2" x 1.5" (130 x 40mm), oblanceolate/elliptic, acute apex, oblique base, down-curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above; with hairy patches on underside of blade and thicker short hairs on mid vein. Shrub 1.3' (0.4m) high x 2.7' (0.8m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Piety':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. maximum (s) X 'Mary Garrison'. H (c 1972): Unknown; G, N (2002) and REG (2002): Max Byrkit, Hagerstown, MD. Fls c9/ ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy/frilly-edged lobes; pinkish white in bud, opening greenish white (155C) throughout, the inside with a small, red basal flare on a yellow ground. Calyx lobes less than 0.2" (4mm) long; red. Truss 4.8" (120mm) high x 5.8" (145mm) wide. Lvs held 2-3 years, 5.2" x 1.8" (130 x 45mm), elliptic to lanceolate, acute apex, rounded base, flat margins. Shrub 8' (204m) high x 8' (2.4m) wide in 30 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -20°F (-29°C); buds, - 5°F (-21°C). Late May. (Note: Seed obtained from Seed Exchange, Potomac Valley Chapter, ARS)

(r) 'Pink Sunrise':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Holden' (s) X 'Apritan'. H (1997): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 14/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 7 wavy/frilly edged lobes; deep purplish pink (73A) in bud, opening inside cream with a narrow edge of deep purplish pink (73A) and a pale greenish yellow (1D) throat; outside similar to inside but with deep purplish pink (73A) midribs; inconspicuous pale green spotting in throat; stigma vivid to brilliant yellowish green (140A-B). Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs 6.2" x 2.5" (155 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat/wavy margins, dull and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.7' (0.5) high x 1.7' (0.5m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least - 15°F (-26°C); buds, -5°F (-26°C). Early May.

(r) 'Promenade Home':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Anna' (s) X 'Fran's Song'. H (1990), G (1997), N (2000), and REG (2002): Frances Burns, Vida, OR. Fls 14/ball truss, broadly funnel-campanulate, 2.5" (65mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 7 frilly-edged lobes; buds very pale purple (73D) tipped strong purplish pink (73B), opening inside yellowish white (155B) tinged moderate purplish pink (62B) at tips of lobes, with a deep purplish red (59B) basal blotch of rays and freckles on dorsal lobes, and rays (c 3mm long) at base of other lobes; outside yellowish white (155D) with lobe tips and random tinges of moderate purplish pink (62B); stigma brilliant yellow green (150B). Calyx lobes variable, c 0.1" (3mm) long to the dorsal 0.6" (15mm) long, yellowish white (155B) with deep purplish red (59B) basal stripes. Truss 8" (200mm) high x 9" (225mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 5.2" x 2" (130 x 50mm), elliptic, acute apex, wavy and down-curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137B) above; hairless. Shrub 7' (2.1 m) high x 5' (1 .5m) wide in 12 years, open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Late May.

(r) 'Red Blitz':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Fantastica' (s) X 'The Honourable Jean Marie de Montague'. H (1993): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 14/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; strong red (53B) in bud, opening throughout to a blend of numerous shades of red and pink. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 4.5" x 1.5" (115 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat and upcurved margins; semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 2.3' (0.7m) wide in 9 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -10°F (-23°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Rosella Beckwith':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Cameo' (s) X 'Mrs. G.W. Leak'. H (1989): Unknown; G (1999) and REG (2002): E.T. (Ted) Anderson, Longview, WA; N (2002): Ted and Betty Anderson. Fls 13/dome truss, open funnel-campanulate, 2.2"-2.5" (55 65mm) long x 2.5"-4" (65-100mm) wide, with 6 frilly-edged lobes; strong red (53B) in bud, opening inside strong purplish red (63A) and paling to strong purplish red (63B) and strong purplish pink (63C, 62A), with a prominent, heavily speckled dorsal blotch, dark red (187A) at base shading to deep red (53A), covering much of dorsal lobe and portions of adjacent lobes, the remaining lobes red at base; outside strong purplish red (63A). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3"-5.2" x 1.5"-2" (75-130 x 40-50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, slightly wavy margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 6'-7' (1.8–2.1m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 13 years, open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid April.

(r) 'Sandy Mile':  Elepidote rhododendron: parentage unknown. H and G: (pre1980): Arthur Childers, Vida, OR; N and REG (2002): Frances Burns, Vida, OR. Fls 89/truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 7 frilly-edged lobes; strong red (53C) in bud, opening inside strong purplish red (54A) at margins and shading through strong pink (49A) to deep red (53A), with three deep red (53A) stripes down center of each lobe and a (53A) freckled blotch on three dorsal lobes; outside strong pink (49A) with strong purplish red (54A) midribs and deep red (53A) spotting between dorsal and adjacent lobes; pedicel strong red (53C); stigma moderate purplish red (58A). Calyx lobes variable, 0.4"-0.9" (9-22mm) long, strong purplish red (54A). Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 4.8" x 1.8" (120 x 45mm), elliptic, acute apex, narrow and slightly oblique at base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above, with a strong yellowish pink (34D) streak blending into mid vein, hairless. Shrub 8' (2.4m) high x 12' (3.6m) wide in 20 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5°F (-21°C). Late May.

(r) 'Sassy':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Anna' (s) X R. yakushimanum. H (1985): James Elliott, Astoria, OR; G (1991), N (2002), and REG (2002): Jerry Lejeune, Lakewood, WA. Fls 10-14/tight dome truss, funnel-campanulate, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; vivid red (52A) in bud, opening inside strong pink (52D) at edges, shading to pale yellowish pink (36D) in center with a prominent moderate red (47A) flare at base of all lobes, and moderate red (47A) speckles above flare on dorsal lobe; outside deep pink (52B). Truss 3.5" (90mm) high x 4" (100mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 1.8" (125 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, oblique base, wavy and down-curved margins; leathery, glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May. (Synonym: (Anna x Yak) #301)

(r) 'Spiked Punch':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Holden' (s) X 'Shaazam'. H (1996): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 14/conical truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.2" (55mm) wide, with 5 frilly edged lobes; strong purplish red (63B) and strong purplish pink (63C) in bud, opening inside strong purplish red (63B) at margins paling to light purplish pink (62C) center, with a double flare of brilliant yellow green (149A) spots on the dorsal lobe; outside strong purplish red (63B) at margins shading to light purplish pink (62C) at base. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 6" x 2.2" (150x55mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins, dull and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.7' (0.5) high x 1.8' (0.55m) wide in 6 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C). Early May.

(r) 'Star Struck':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nova Zembla' (s) X 'Jungle Star'. H (1998): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy/frilly-edged lobes; lightly scented; purple (80B) in bud, opening inside very light purple (76B) in throat and center of lobes, with light purple (78C) margins and a conspicuous pale greenish yellow (1D) dorsal blotch densely spotted with deep greenish yellow (153A); outside very light purple (76B) with light purple (78C) edging and midribs. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 5.5" x 2.5" (140x65mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat/wavy margins, semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.5' (0.45) high x 1.2' (0.35m) wide in 4 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least - 10°F (-23°C); buds, - 5°F (- 21°C). Early May.

(v) 'Tropic Alpine Gold':  Lepidote rhododendron: 'Belisar' (s) X R. commonae (cream-colored selection). H (1997), G (2001), N, and REG (2002): J.W. Gerdemann, Yachats, OR. Fls 11/lax truss, tubular funnel shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; brilliant yellow (13B) throughout; with age, edges tinged with pink. Calyx minute. Truss 2" (50mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs 3" x 1"-1.5" (75x25-40mm), obovate, acute to broadly acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; glossy and strong yellow green above, with inconspicuous scales below. Shrub upright, 2.6' (0.8m) high x 1' (0.3m) wide in 4 years. Plant hardy to at least 25°F (-4°C). November.

(r)'Uptown Girl':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. vernicosum aff. (Rock 18139) (s) X 'One Thousand Butterflies'. H (1997): Marilyn Whitman; G (2001), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 17/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 6-7 frilly-edged lobes; inside close to pale purplish pink (62D) with a brilliant yellow green (150C) throat and narrow edging of strong purplish pink (63B); outside lighter than pale purplish pink (62D) with strong purplish pink (63B) midribs; anthers dark red. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs 6.2" x 2" (155 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins, semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.5' (0.45 m) high x l' (0.3 m) wide in 4 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early May.

(r) 'Vossberg No. 2':  Elepidote rhododendron: parentage unknown. H (c 1963): P. Vossberg, Westbury, NY or D.L. Hardgrove, when living on Long Island, NY; G (c 1968) and N (c 1968): E.T. Connors, Whiting, NJ; REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 13/conical truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy/frilly edged lobes; buds strong purplish red (64C) at apex, graying towards base; opening inside white edged moderate purplish pink (74D) with faint dorsal spotting of brilliant yellow green (150B); outside white with vivid reddish purple (74B) midribs and light reddish purple (74C) margins. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs 5.5" x 2.5" (140 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, oblique base, flat and upcurved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (146A) above, hairless. Shrub 8' (2.4m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 15 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -l0°F (-23°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Whid Bee':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Rubicon' (s) X 'Rosevallon'. H (1995), N (2002), and REG (2002): Warren Berg, Port Ludlow, WA; G (2001): Frank Fujioka, Freeland, WA. Fls 12/flat truss, funnel campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, 5 wavy-edged lobes; vivid red (45A) in bud, opening inside vivid red (46B) with rather inconspicuous, evenly distributed deep red (185A) spots; outside vivid red (45A); nectaries dark red (187A). Calyx lobes 0.8"-1.5" (20-40mm) long, vivid red (45A) with deep red (185A) spotting. Truss 2.5" high x 5" wide (65x125mm). Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 2" (125x50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down-curved margins; semi-glossy and dark bluish green (133A) above, dark red (183A) below (color is persistent), hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 1.5' (0.45m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 14°F (-9°C); not tested lower. Mid April.

(a) 'William Tritt':  Evergreen azalea: R. kaempferi x R. kaempferi . H (pre1972; possibly from wild-collected seed): Leslie Hancock, Mississauga, Ontario; G, N, and REG (2002): John K. Weagle, Halifax, Nova Scotia; I (2002): Rhodoland Nurseries, Niagara–on–the Lake, Ontario. Fls 3/inflorescence, funnel-shaped, 1.4" (36mm) long x 1.9" (47mm) wide, with 5 slightly wavy-edged lobes; deep pink (48B) in bud, opening deep pink (48B) throughout, with a flare between vivid purple (81B) and light purple (81C) on upper portions of dorsal lobe and half of each adjacent lobe. Calyx lobes 0.2" (5mm) long. Lvs dimorphic; summer lvs held cl year, c0.5" x 0.25" (12x6mm), obovate, acutely obtuse apex, cuneate base, margins smooth; in mid April dark red (187A) above and moderate olive green (146A) with a reddish midrib below; long, silvery hairs on leaf margins, upper surface, and midrib below; petiole leaf-like, flattened, 0.25" (6mm) long. Shrub 7.7' (2.3m) high x 6.7' (2m) wide in c30 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least - 17°F (-27°e). Early June.

(r) 'Wink of Pink':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Westbury' (s) X R. pseudochrysanthum (Ben Nelson form). H (1997): Marilyn Whitman; G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 16/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; deep purplish pink (66C) in bud, opening inside very pale purple (69D) lightly tinged moderate purplish pink (66D) at margins, with sparse spotting of deep purplish red (61A) on dorsal lobe; outside very pale purple (69D) with moderate purplish pink (66D) midribs. Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs 6" x 2" (150x50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins, semi-glossy and dark green (136A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.8' (0.55) high x 1.6' (0.5m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, - 5°F (- 21°C). Early May.

* The following unregistered names appear as parents in the above descriptions:
'Blondie':  Elepidote rhododendron; Leach/Pride; (Nereid Group x fortunei ssp. discolor) X 'Russell Harmon'
'Ditto's Mom':  Elepidote; H: Burns; (Fabia Group x yakushimanum) (s) X 'CIS'
'Double Eagle':  Elepidote (invalid name); R. A. Korth; 'Bump's Orange Thing' X 'Skipper', where 'Bump's Orange Thing' is an elepidote, no information available
'Lemon Marmalade':  Elepidote; H: H. Larson; 'Mrs Lammot Copeland' X 'Mary Drennen'


Volume 56, Number 4
Fall 2002

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