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Volume 57, Number 1
Winter 2003

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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 November 1, 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: (a) = azalea, (r) = rhododendron, (v) = vireya rhododendron, (z) = azaleodendron; 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 (0.2") increments for dimensions greater than 25mm (1").

(r) 'Angelito Blanco':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Hotei' (s) X ('Blue Boy' x 'Susan'). H (1988), G (1994), N (1997): Yasmin Workman, Everett, WA (now Cape Coral, FL); I (2001): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA; REG (2002): Edna F. Newcomb, Snohomish, WA. Fls 14/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped with occasional petaloid stamens, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.4" (85mm) wide, with 5-6 wavy-edged lobes, the ventral lobes deeply incised; light greenish yellow (4C) in bud, opening pale yellow green (4D) inside and out; a prominent flare of strong red (46A) speckles extending from the base upwards on each of the three dorsal lobes; base with a small area of vivid red (46C). Calyx lobes less than 0.1" to 0.25" (1.5-6mm) long, strong yellow green (145A) to deep orange yellow (163A) on outer edge. Truss 5.2" (130mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3"-3.4" x 1.5"-1.8" (75-85 x 40-45mm), elliptic (-obovate), broadly acute apex, cuneate to rounded base, flat (-wavy) margins, some slightly twisted; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 4.5' (1.4m) high x 5.5' (1.7m) wide in 13 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C); buds, 5°F (-15°C). Early May.

(a) 'Arneson Little Gem':  Deciduous azalea: unnamed Mollis seedling (s) X 'Arneson Gem'. H (1983), G (1989), N (2002), and REG (2002): Ivan and Robertha Arneson, Canby, OR; I (2002): Briggs Nursery, Olympia, WA. Fls 10-14/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; lightly scented; vivid reddish orange (42A) in bud, opening inside light orange yellow (19A) edged vivid reddish orange (42A), with a strong orange yellow (17A) blotch on the dorsal lobe; outside light orange yellow (19A) mottled with vivid reddish orange (42A). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, light green. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 2"-3" x 0.8"-1" (50 - 75 x 20-25mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (146A) above, hairless. Shrub 1.5' (0.45m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 18 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C). Late April-mid May.

(r) 'Betty Brim':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Blue Ensign' (s) X Avocet Group. H (1995), G (1999), N (2002), and REG (2002): J. Delbert Brim, Mount Airy, NC. Fls 14/conical truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; lightly scented; inside pale purplish pink (65D) edged with a narrow band, c 0.4" (10mm) wide, of vivid reddish purple (74B), and with a small, dark red (187A) basal blotch expanding into two densely spotted flares on the dorsal lobe; outside light purplish pink (65B). Truss 7" (175mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 7" x 2.2" (175 x 55mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, rounded base, upcurved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 6 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -8°F (-22°C). Early May.

(r) 'Biltmore No. 13':  Elepidote rhododendron: parentage unknown. Probably H (pre 1943): C.O. Dexter, Sandwich, MA; probably N: Elmer Morris, Wall, NJ; REG (2002): Marilyn and Bud Whitman, Wall, NJ. Fls 14/dome truss, funnel-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) long x 4.2" (105mm) wide, with 6 flat-edged lobes; lightly scented; moderate purplish pink (74D) in bud, opening inside very light purple (75C) and very pale purple (76C), the dorsal lobe with a flare of dark red speckles on a vivid yellow (17B) ground; outside light purple (77D) with light purple (75A) veining and mottling. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs 5.5" x 2.5" (140 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, oblique base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 12' (3.6m) high x 8' (2.4m) wide in 15 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -15°F (-26°C); buds, -10°F (-23°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Blazen Sun':  Elepidote rhododendron: (Nereid Group x R. fortunei ssp. discolor) (s) X 'Russell Harmon'. H (1950): David G. Leach, while in Brookville, PA; G, N and I (pre 1980): Orlando S. Pride, Butler, PA; REG (2002): A. Richard Brooks, Concord, MA. Fls 15/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; strong purplish red (54A) in bud, opening inside deep purplish pink (54B) at lobe edges, shading to light yellow (162C) at center of lobes and moderate yellow (162B) at base, with small, strong brown (172A) freckles scattered on the dorsal lobe; outside deep purplish pink (54B). Calyx lobes less than 0.1" (3mm) long, light yellow green (145B). Truss 4.8" (120mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, up to 6.5" x 2.5" (165 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 7' (2.1m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 13 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -30°F (-33°C); buds, -15°F (-26°C). Early June. (Synonym: 'Sunburst')

(r) 'Bob Perry':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. yakushimanum (s) X 'Nova Zembla'. G (c 1987): Robert L. Perry, Easley, SC and Marshall Stilwell, Thomasville, NC; S (1996), N (1996), and REG (2002): Marshall Stilwell. Fls 20-22/conical truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 6 frilly-edged lobes; vivid purplish red (57B) in bud, opening inside pale purplish pink (65D) with a moderate purplish pink (66D) picotee edge; outside deep purplish pink (66C); unmarked. Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 6" x 2" (150 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above; sparsely hairy (light brown) on underside of lvs. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 20 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C). Early April. (Blue ribbon, Piedmont Chapter, ARS flower show)

(r) 'Bobbie's Butter':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Dexter's Champagne' (s) X R. camplyocarpum or R. dichroanthum. H (pre 1975): E. Robbins, Stratford, CT; G: E. Robbins?; N: Unknown; REG (2002): A. Richard Brooks, Concord, MA. Fls 6-10/lax truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 6-7 wavy-edged lobes; buds light orange yellow (22C) shaded strong yellowish pink (31C) between midribs, opening inside and out light yellow (11B) at margins, shading to moderate yellow (160A) at base; unmarked. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.8" x 2.2" (120 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded to cordate base, flat and down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 9' (2.7m) high x 10' (3.0m) wide in 18 years, open habit. Plant hardy to at least -16°F (-27°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Mid May. (Synonym: 'Butter')

(a) 'Bok Tower Gardens':  Evergreen azalea: R. scabrum f. coccineum (s) X 'Fascination' (Harris)*. H (1988): Jonathan A. Shaw, Lake Wales, FL; G (1990), N (2002), and REG (2002): Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL. Fls 3/terminal inflorescence, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.4" (60mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; opening inside and out with a moderate red (47A) band, 1.5" (40mm) wide, at margins, changing to pale pink (49D) in center, the inside with strong red (46A) dorsal spotting extending c 1.2" (30mm). Calyx 0.2" (5mm) long, strong yellow green (145A). Terminal inflorescence dome-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) high x 5.2" (130mm) wide. Lvs 2" x 0.8" (50 x 20mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat to slightly twisted margins; semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, with deep orange yellow (163A) hairs sparsely distributed on blades above and below. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 8 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 20°F (-7°C). Mid-late March.

(r) 'Buna Beach':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Vicki Reine' (s) X 'Van Nes Sensation'. H (1990), G (1999), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 10-15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; dark pinkish red in bud, opening inside pink with darker pink margins, the lobe centers and throat fading to pale pink with age; outside bright pink aging to lighter pink; yellow spotting on a white ground on dorsal lobe. Calyx lobes less than 0.1" (c0.15mm) long, lime green. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 4.5" x 1.8" (115 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 4.2' (1.3m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 12 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Butter':  Elepidote rhododendron. Synonym of 'Bobbie's Butter'.

(a) 'Cabot Flame':  Deciduous azalea: selection from R. calendulaceum. S (1992) and N (1992): Hal Bill, Enosburg, VT; REG (2002): Mark C. Starrett, Burlington, VT. Fls 7-10/dome truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 2.2" (55mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; buds vivid reddish orange (32A) at tip, shading through strong reddish orange (32B) to strong yellowish pink (32C) at base, opening inside light orange yellow (16C) with margins of bud colors (32A-C), and a solid strong orange yellow (17A) dorsal flare; outside light orange yellow (16C) with random stripes and blotches of bud colors (32A-C); moderately scented. Calyx lobes to 0.1" (c1.5-3mm) long, light yellow green (145B). Truss 3" (75mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 2.2" x 0.8" (55 x 20mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, down curved margins; dull, upper surface blushed strong red (53B), fading to strong yellow green (144A) above, with fine ciliate hairs on veins below and on leaf margins and petioles. Shrub 7.5' (2.3m) high x 8' (2.4m) wide in 60+ years, intermediate habit, upright, very floriferous; sterile (does not produce pollen or set seed). Plant hardy to at least -40°F (-40°C); buds, -30°F (-34°C). Early-mid June.

(a) 'Calusa Indian':  Evergreen azalea: R. scabrum f. coccineum (s) X 'Fascination' (Harris)*. H (1988): Jonathan A. Shaw, Lake Wales, FL; G (1990), N (2002), and REG (2002): Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL. Fls 3/terminal inflorescence, funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; corolla vivid reddish orange (42A) with a light pink (50D) streak, c 1.2" (30mm) long x 0.4" (10mm) wide at the base, both inside and out, the dorsal lobe inside with strong red (46A) spotting. Calyx less than 0.2" (4mm) long, strong yellow green (144B). Terminal inflorescence dome-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) high x 5.2" (130mm) wide. Lvs apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins, slightly twisted; semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, with deep orange yellow (163A) hairs sparsely distributed on blades above and below. Shrub 3.3' (1.0m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 8 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 20°F (-7°C). Late April-May.

(r) 'Calvin Anthony':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Vicki Reine' (s) X 'Lord Roberts'. H (1989), G (1996), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 10-14/ball truss, funnel campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; bright purplish pink in bud, opening inside light purplish pink with slightly darker margins and a narrow dorsal blotch of red spotting edged with yellow spots, all on a white ground; outside purplish pink with a darker pink longitudinal stripe on each lobe; pistil and stamens dark pink. Calyx lobes less than 0.1" (c 0.15mm) long, greenish yellow. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 5" x 2" (125 x 50mm), elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat and down curved margins; glossy and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 4.6' (1.4m) high x 4.2' (1.3m) wide in 13 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Cameo Sunset':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Cameo' (s) X 'Polynesian Sunset'. H (1985), G (1989), N (2001), and REG (2002): Merle Sanders, Roseburg OR; I (2001): Sanders Nursery, Roseburg, OR. Fls 15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 4.2" (105mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong pink (54C) in bud, opening inside light yellow (18B) in center, shading to margins of light purplish pink (55C), c 0.5"-0.8" (15-20mm) wide, and with a small basal blotch of brownish orange (164A); outside strong purplish pink (55B). Truss 7" (175mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.5" x 2.2" (140 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, wavy margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 7' (2.1m) high x 7' (2.1m) wide in 13 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C); buds, 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Caroline Stockman':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Dianta' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1992), G (2000), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 7-11/flat truss, saucer-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 5-6 wavy-edged lobes; light red in bud, opening inside a dark, bright pink shading into a yellow center, with a solid dark red blotch extending upwards c 20mm from base on dorsal lobe and half of adjacent lobes, and with scattered red speckles above the blotch; outside a dark, bright pink. Calyx lobes variable, dorsal 1.8" (45mm) and ventral 1.4" (35mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 2" (100 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cordate base, flat and down curved margins; dull, dark green, and deeply veined above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years, open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May. (Red ribbon, Port Townsend Rhododendron Show, May 2002)

(r) 'Catherine's Lea Ann':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Bonita' * (s) X Angelo Group. H (1988), G (1996), N (2002), and REG (2002): Catherine Weeks, Eureka, CA; I: Westgate Garden Nursery, Eureka, CA. Fls 13/dome truss, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; strongly scented; deep purplish pink (73A) to moderate purplish pink (70D) in bud, opening inside very pale purple (69A), the dorsal lobe with small spots of moderate orange (171C); outside moderate purplish pink (70D). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 1 year, 5.5" x 1.8" (140 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 4.8' (1.4m) high x 4.8' (1.4m) wide in 14 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 11°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Catstreat':  Elepidote rhododendron. Synonym of 'Jane Law'.

(r) 'Chief Francesca':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Noyo Chief' (s) X 'Francesca'. H (1979), G (1984), N (1988), and REG (2002): Parker Smith, Sebastopol, CA. Fls 21-28/ball truss, funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (53B) in bud, opening inside strong red (53C) with a small white flare spotted with red on the dorsal lobes; outside strong red (53C); stamens white; style white; stigma dark red. Calyx lobes 0.1" (3mm) long, green. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 2" (125 x 50mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, cordate base, down curved margins; glossy and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 15°F (-9°C). March-April.

(r) 'Choo Choo Darling':  Elepidote rhododendron: (R. yakushimanum x 'Mrs. Horace Fogg') (s) X 'Fabur' *. H (1987), G (1991), N (1994): Yasmin Workman, Everett, WA (now Cape Coral, FL); I (2001): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA; REG (2002): Edna F. Newcomb, Snohomish, WA. Fls 12-15/open-topped dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (58C) in bud, opening inside pale yellow (18D) tinged light purplish pink (65B) at center of margin of each lobe, and with vivid red (52A) speckles on three dorsal lobes; outside with wide stripes of strong purplish red (58C) down center of each lobe, and pale yellow (18D) extending halfway down corolla between lobes. Calyx 4-lobed, two lobes c 0.5" (13mm) long; two, c 1.5" (40mm) long; pale yellow (18D) lightly speckled strong yellowish pink (40D). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3.5"-6" x 1.4"-2.5" (90-150 x 35-65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate to rounded base, down curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (146A) above; when young, light grayish olive (195A) tomentum above and pale yellow green (157A) plastered hairs below; at maturity, moderate yellow (163C) plastered indumentum below. Shrub 3.5' (1.1m) high x 4.8' (1.4m) wide in 13 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C); buds, 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Cleo Budlaw':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Dianta' (s) X 'Lord Roberts'. H (1992), G (2000), N (2000), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 6/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; red in bud, opening inside a light, bright pink with a red throat, the dorsal and half of adjacent lobes heavily speckled with red except near the margins, and with a long, narrow, dark red dorsal blotch; outside bright pink with a darker pink line along each midrib. Calyx lobes variable, ventral 0.4" (c 10mm) and dorsal 1.2" (c 30mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 2" (100 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat and upcurved margins; dull and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 2.3' (0.7m) high x 2.3' (0.7m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Late May.

(r) 'Coral Blossom':  Elepidote rhododendron: ('King of Shrubs' x unknown) (s) X ('Lem's Cameo' x 'Jingle Bells'). H (1983), G (1988), N (1992), and REG (2002): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 19/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (53B) in bud, opening inside with moderate yellowish pink (39C) margins, 0.5" (c 13mm) wide, blending to pale yellow (20C) base; outside deep yellowish pink (39B) with strong red (39A) streaks on midribs and pale yellow (20C) streaks, 0.5" (c 13mm) long, extending upwards from base between lobes; the base inside deep red (185A) extending 0.5" (c 13mm) on dorsal lobe, with rays 0.25" (c 6mm) long on other lobes, and with a large, spotted, moderate red (185B) blotch on dorsal lobe 1.5" (40mm) from base, and slight spotting on lateral lobes. Calyx lobes variable, c 0.5" (13mm) long, pale yellow (20C) tinged moderate yellowish pink (39C), with two deep red (185A) basal flares 0.25" (6mm) long. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.2" x 1.8" (105 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late May.

(r) 'Dark Sister':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Purple Splendour' (s) X 'Whitney Purple'. H (1987), G (1991), N (1999), and REG (2002): Merle Sanders, Roseburg OR; I (1999): Sanders Nursery, Roseburg, OR. Fls 15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; vivid purple (80A) in bud, opening vivid purple (80A) throughout, with a prominent, dark red (187A), densely speckled blotch extending from the base to more than half way up the dorsal lobe; anthers conspicuous, nearly white. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 4" x 1.5" (100 x 40mm), elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 2' (0.6m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C); buds, 5°F (-15°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Delsa Dawn':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Spanish Lady' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1990), G (1998), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 12-15/flat truss, funnel campanulate, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; bright coral in bud, opening inside bright coral in center shading paler at margins, with a small dark red blotch at base, and rather inconspicuous dorsal spotting; outside bright coral. Calyx lobes 1.5" (40mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 2" (100 x 50mm), oblong, acute apex, rounded base, wavy and down curved margins; dull and mid green above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Dolly Lamb':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Hotei' (s) X 'Morna Belle'. H (1989): Morna Stockman; G (1998), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 9-12/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 6-7 wavy-edged lobes; light green in bud, opening inside white with pale yellow streaks radiating outwards from center; outside similarly colored; unmarked; stigma bright green. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, lime green. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 3.8" x 1.5" (95 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat and down curved margins; semi-glossy and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 13 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Late April-May.

(r) 'Dreamweaver':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Pink Petticoats'. H (1989), G (1994), N (1997), and REG (2002): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 19/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; strong purplish red (54A) in bud, opening inside and out pale yellow green (155A), the dorsal lobe inside tinged pale yellow green (4D); moderate purplish red (186A) flares on all nectaries, 0.5" (c 15mm) long on dorsal lobes, 0.4" (c 10mm) long on others; moderate purplish red (186A) spotting on dorsal lobe extending 1.4" (c 35mm) from base, with sparse spotting on lateral lobes. Truss 6.2" (155mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 1.8" (115 x 45mm), elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late May.

(r) 'Elegant Touch':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. yakushimanum (s) X 'One Thousand Butterflies'. H (1989), G (1993), N (2002), and REG (2002): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 14/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; strong red (53B) in bud, opening inside pale purplish pink (56C) with darker colored edging of pale purplish pink (56A); outside colored similarly with light purplish pink (55C) midribs; a deep purplish pink (54B) dorsal flare, 0.5" (c 13mm) long, with side flares of brilliant yellow green (150C), 0.8" (c 20mm) long, and with slight brilliant greenish yellow (151D) dorsal spotting. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 5" x 2" (125 x 50mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 1.7' (0.5m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Mid May.

(a) 'Eugenie Shaw':  Evergreen azalea: R. scabrum f. coccineum (s) X 'Fascination' (Harris)*. H (1988): Jonathan A. Shaw, Lake Wales, FL; G (1990), N (2002), and REG (2002): Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL. Fls 3/terminal inflorescence, funnel-shaped, 2.4" (60mm) long x 3.4" (85mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; opening inside with a 1" (25mm) wide band of strong red (47A) at margins, changing to light pink (50D) at center; outside similarly colored. Calyx 0.3" (8mm) long, strong yellow green (144B). Terminal inflorescence dome-shaped, 3.2" (80mm) high x 5.4" (135mm) wide. Lvs 2.2" x 1" (55 x 25mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, down curved margins, slightly twisted; semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, moderate yellow green (146B) below, with deep orange yellow (163A) hairs sparsely distributed on blades above and below. Shrub 3.7' (1.1m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 8 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 20°F (-7°C). Mid-late March.

(r) 'First Touch':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Mrs. Furnivall'. H (1989), G (1994), N (1997), and REG (2002): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 24/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 5 frilly edged lobes; strong red (51A) in bud, opening inside and out pale yellow (8D), the outside lightly tinged light yellowish pink (36C) on the dorsal lobe; two strong greenish yellow (151B) flares, 0.4" (c 10mm) long, leading to a dorsal blotch, 1.4" (c 35mm) long, of discrete, brownish orange (166C) spots which change to dark greenish yellow (152D). Calyx lobes variable, to 0.5" (13mm) long, light greenish yellow (8C). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.2" x 2" (105 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, upcurved margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 3.5' (1.1m) high x 4.5' (1.4m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late May.

(r) 'General Braxton Bragg': Lepidote rhododendron: 'Butterhorn' (s) X 'Mi Amor'. H (1987) and G: Leonard W. Charvet; N (2002) and I (2003): Descanso Nursery; REG (2002): Cathi Love; all Fort Bragg, CA. Fls 7/lax truss, funnel-campanulate, 3.8" (95mm) long x 4.5" (115mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; lightly scented; brilliant yellow green (154C) in bud, opening inside light greenish yellow (4C) at margins, shading inwards through light yellow (17D) to vivid yellow (17B) in throat; outside pale yellow green (4D) at margins, shading into light greenish yellow (4C) at base, with faint lines of light orange yellow (24C) on midribs; unmarked. Calyx lobes 20mm long, vivid yellow green (154A). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.5" x 2.5" (140x65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; with widely scattered scales below, more numerous on midrib and veins. Shrub 5.3' (1.6m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 15 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 24°F (-4°C). Mid April. (Best new seedling, Noyo Chapter, ARS flower show, year unknown).

(r) 'Good Neighbor':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Dianta' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1992), G (2000), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 9(-12)/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; bright pink in bud, opening inside creamy white with pink margins, and with a yellow blotch on the center of each dorsal lobe, shading to amber at the base; outside yellowish cream with light pink margins. Calyx lobes variable, dorsal c 1"-1.2" (c 25-30mm) long, and ventral c 0.5"-0.8" (c 15-20mm) long, alternating pink and yellow with creamy white areas at base. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 3.2" x 1.2" (80 x 30mm), lanceolate, acute apex, rounded base, flat and down curved margins; dull and mid green above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 10 years, open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Late May.

(r) 'Impression':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Golden Torch' (s) X ('Goldfort' x 'Odee Wright') no. 1. H (1981), G (1986), N (2002), and REG (2002): Robert A. Furman, Brewster, MA. Fls 15/tall dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, c 2.8" (70mm) long x 4.8" (120mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; opening inside light pink (49C) shading to yellowish white (158C) with a brilliant yellow (12B) center; (outside similar, but color not measured); lightly scented. Calyx lobes 3.5" (90mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 8" (200mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2+ years, 2.5"-6.2" x 1.5"-3" (65-155 x 40-75mm), broadly elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, wavy margins; glossy and dark green above. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (- 23°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early May. (1 Blue Ribbon, MA Chapter, ARS truss show; 2 Blue Ribbons, and 2nd runner-up to Best in Show, MA Chapter, ARS foliage shows)

(r) 'Irasburg':  Elepidote rhododendron: selection from R. catawbiense. S (1992) and N (1992): Hal Bill, Enosburg, VT; REG (2002): Mark C. Starrett, Burlington, VT. Fls 10-15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; buds mottled moderate purplish red (70A) and strong reddish purple (70B), opening the same mottled colors throughout, with moderate yellow green (146B-C) dorsal spotting. Calyx lobes less than 0.1" (c 1.5mm) long, light yellow green (145B). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2+ years, 3.5" x 2" (90 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute to obtuse apex, rounded base, down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 7' (2.1m) high x 9' (2.7m) wide in 60+ years, dense habit, exceptionally cold-hardy, very floriferous. Plant hardy to at least -40°F (-40°C); buds, -30°F (-34°C). Early - mid June.

(r) 'Isaiah Sunbeam':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Crest' (s) X 'Naomi Nautilus'. H (1988), G (1995), N (2002), and REG (2002): Catherine Weeks, Eureka, CA; I (2002): Westgate Garden Nursery, Eureka, CA. Fls 12-13/dome truss, open funnel-campanulate, 4" (100mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; deep yellowish pink (43C) in bud, opening inside pale orange yellow (16D) with a small red dorsal blotch which fades quickly; outside light yellowish pink (29C), fading with age; lightly scented. Truss 4.5" (115m) high x 9" (225mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6.5" x 2.2" (165 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 14 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 11°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Jane Law':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Catalgla' (s) X 'Streatley'. H (1966), G (early 1970s), N: Captain R.M. Steele, Bayport, NS; I: Bayport Plant Farm, Bayport, NS; REG (2002): John K. Weagle, Halifax, NS, Canada. Fls 12/lax dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (44mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with wavy-edged lobes; winter buds erect and pointed, moderate orange yellow (164B); before opening, buds tinged very pale pink, opening white inside and out with a few extremely faint green spots; stigma white; style red (small). Calyx c 0.1" (3mm) long. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 4 years, 4.2" x 1.8" (105 x 44mm), obovate to almost elliptic, acuminate apex, rounded to nearly cuneate base, flat margins; glossy and moderate olive green (146A-147A) above, with a very thin coating of moderate orange yellow (164B) hairs below. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 12 years, dense habit (slightly open in bright shade). Plant hardy to at least -20°F (-29°C); buds, -10°F (-23°C). Late May-early June (coastal Nova Scotia). (Synonym: 'Catstreat')

(r) 'Jody's Champagne':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Mrs. Horace Fogg' (s) X 'Azor'. H (1988), G (1993), N (2002), and REG (2002): Catherine Weeks, Eureka, CA; I (2002): Westgate Garden Nursery, Eureka, CA. Fls 13/slightly lax dome truss, 3.8" (95mm) long x 3.8" (95mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; strong yellowish pink (32C) in bud, opening inside light yellowish pink (27A) blending to brilliant yellow (12B) towards throat; outside similarly colored with strong yellowish pink (37B) midribs. Lvs held 1 year, 5" x 2" (125 x 50mm), elliptic, oblique base, slightly down curved at apex; dull and moderate olive green (146A) above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 6.5' (2.0m) wide in 14 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 11°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'LeFever Sunrise':  Elepidote rhododendron: (('Pink Petticoats' x 'Janet Blair') x R. decorum, yellow-flowered) (s) X ('Caroline' [Gable] x 'Queen of McKenzie'). H (1991): G. Wyatt LeFever, Kernersville, NC; G (1995), N, and REG (2002): J. Delbert Brim, Mount Airy, NC. Fls 10/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 3" (75mm) long x 5" (125mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; lightly scented; inside light greenish yellow (6D) shading to brilliant greenish yellow (1B) in throat, with green markings in the base; outside moderate yellowish pink (37C). Truss 7" (175mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 9" x 2.5" (225 x 65mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, down curved margins; glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 11 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -12°F (-24°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Early May.

(r) 'Loon's Call':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Mindy's Love' (s) X 'Satin Gold' *. H (1988), G (1993), N (1997), and REG (2002): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA; I (1999): Nelson's Nursery, Sedro Woolley, WA. Fls 15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; light greenish yellow (3C) in bud, opening inside and out pale yellow (11C), the dorsal lobes inside light yellow (10C); each of the dorsal lobes with a deep yellowish pink (46D) flare, 0.8" (c 20mm) long, extended another 0.4" (c 10mm) with faint spotting which changes to light greenish yellow (8B). Calyx lobes variable, 0.6"-1.2" (c 15-30mm) long, pale yellow (11C) with spotting of deep yellowish pink (46D) changing to light greenish yellow (8B). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.2" x 1.4" (105 x 35mm), elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 14 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late May.

(r) 'Louisa Wittrock':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Bob Bovee' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'. H (1983), G (1988), and REG (2002): Frank Fujioka, Freeland, WA; N (2002): Barbara and Lee Cornelsen, Clinton, WA; I (2002): Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, Greenbank, WA. Fls 18/dome truss, very broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; deep pink (52C) in bud, opening inside pale purplish pink (56D, 55D) with vivid reddish orange (43A) spots on dorsal lobe; outside light pink (49C). Calyx lobes 1" (25mm) long, pale purplish pink (56D) edged vivid reddish orange (43A). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6" x 2.5" (150 x 65mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; semi-glossy and dark green (135A) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 15 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C). Late April.

R. 'Louisa Wittrock'
'Louisa Wittrock', an elepidote rhododendron: 'Bob Bovee' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'.

(r) 'MaBelle's Star':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Ring of Fire' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'. H (c1982) and G: Roy W. Thompson, and I (c1995): Thompson's Nursery, Waldport, OR; N (2002): Debra and Jeff Cheyne, and REG (2002): Debra Cheyne, Sherwood, OR. Fls 12-14/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 5-7 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (45D) in bud, opening inside light yellowish pink (19B) edged strong purplish red (58C); outside pale yellow (11C) edged strong purplish red (58C); unmarked. Calyx lobes less than 0.1" (1-2mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 6"-6.5" (150-165mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 2" (115 x 50mm), oblong, obtuse apex, rounded base, down curved margins; new growth glossy and red (187), becoming semi-glossy green in 3-4 weeks, hairless. Shrub 4.5' (1.4m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C); buds, 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Mary Scanlon':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Goldsworth Orange' (s) X R. decorum ssp. diaprepes. H, G (1985), N, and REG (2002): Parker Smith, Sebastopol, CA; I: Enjoy Rhododendrons, Occidental, CA. Fls c10/dome truss, funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; moderate yellow (162B) in bud, opening inside pale greenish yellow (10D) shading to brilliant yellow (10A) in center; outside pale greenish yellow (10D). Calyx lobes minute, green. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, at least 6" x 2.5" (150 x 65mm), obovate, obtuse apex, cuneate base, flat margins; dull and moderate yellow green (137C) above, hairless. Shrub 7' (2.1m) high x 8' (2.4m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 15°F (-9°C). Late June.

(r) 'Maverick':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Hachmann's Charmant' (s) X 'Recital'. H (1996), G (1999), N (2002), and REG (2002): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 21/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5-7 wavy-edged lobes; deep purplish pink (64D) in bud, opening inside and out yellowish white (155D), the dorsal lobes with touches of pale yellow (11D) inside, and two prominent, strong red (53B) dorsal flares extending 0.8" (20mm) from base, with peripheral, closely spaced, discrete spots extending another 1" (25mm); similar markings on other lobes extending 0.5" (c13mm). Calyx lobes 0.8" (20mm) long, yellowish white (155D) with sparse, strong red (53B) spotting. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4" x 1.5" (100 x 40mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, rounded base, wavy margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2' (0.6m) wide in 6 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C). Late May.

(r) 'Parker Smith':  Lepidote rhododendron: (R. johnstoneanum x R. veitchianum Cubittii Group) (s) X R. chrysodoron. H (c 1972), G (1976), and N (1990): Robert Scott, Kensington, CA; I (1993): Enjoy Rhododendrons, Occidental, CA; REG (2002): Parker Smith, Sebastopol, CA. Fls 4-6/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, many double, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; vivid yellow green (154A) in bud, opening light greenish yellow (4B) throughout, with vivid yellow (14B) spotting in throat. Calyx lobes minute, green. Truss 2.5" (65mm) high x 3.5" (90mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3" x 1.5" (75 x 40mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and mid yellow green above, with hairs on edges. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 15°F (-9°C); buds, 25°F (-4°C). February-March.

(r) 'Peach Cloud':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Mary Belle' (s) X 'Dexter's Honeydew'. H (1973), G (1979), N (2002), and REG (2002): Robert A. Furman, Brewster, MA. Fls 14/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, c 3.4" (85mm) long x 4.2" (105mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; opening inside strong pink (49A) shading through light yellowish pink (27A) and pale yellowish pink (29D), to brilliant yellow (9C) in center; outside light pink (49C) at margins shading to strong pink (49A) at base; pronounced strong and vivid red (46A-B) blotch in throat; moderately scented. Truss 7" (175mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2+ years, 3.5"-6" x 1.2"-2.5" (90-150 x 30-65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, oblique base, wavy and upcurved margins; semi-glossy and mid green above. Shrub 3.5' (1.1m) high x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in 10 years, dense habit; does not set seed. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Mid May. (6 Blue Ribbons, MA Chapter, ARS truss shows; 1 Blue Ribbon, 1990 ARS Convention; 1 Trophy, best elepidote hybrid hardy to -6°F to -15°F (-21°C to -26°C), MA Chapter, ARS truss show)

(r) 'Peach Monarch':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Mary Belle' (s) X 'Dexter's Honeydew'. H (1973), G (1979), N (2002), and REG (2002): Robert A. Furman, Brewster, MA. Fls 12/tall truss, broadly funnel-shaped, c 4" (100mm) long x 5" (125mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; opening inside strong and light purplish pink (55B-C) at edges shading through pale yellowish pink (27C) to vivid yellow (16A) in center, with a vivid reddish orange (40A) dorsal flare, strong red (46A) throat, and deep pink (50B) spotting on all lobes; outside pale purplish pink (56C) at margins shading to deep purplish pink (55A) at base; lightly scented. Truss 9" (225mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2+ years, 5.5"-6" x 2.8" (140-150 x 70mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, oblique base, flat margins; glossy and dark green above. Shrub 2.7' (0.8m) high x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in 10 years, dense habit; does not set seed. Plant hardy to at least -10°F (-23°C); buds, -5°F (-21°C). Mid May. (Blue Ribbon, 1986 MA Chapter, ARS truss show; Blue Ribbon, 1990 ARS Convention; Best in Show, 2002 Cape Cod Chapter, ARS truss show)

(r) 'Pink Pinwheels':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Flirt' (s) X 'Noyo Chief'. H (1983): Frank Fujioka, Freeland, WA; G (1987), N (2002) and REG (2002): G.H. Kesterson, Freeland, WA. Fls 14/ball truss, funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; buds vivid red (46B) to deep pink (52B) at base, opening inside yellowish white (155D) with a vivid red (46C) picotee-like edging on all lobes; outside deep yellowish pink (46D) at margins, shading to a deep pink (52C) base. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 5.5" x 2.5" (140 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, with a hairy indumentum covering the entire underside of leaf, the midrib, and the petiole, moderate yellow (162B) at first, aging to moderate orange yellow (165C). Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 8 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Pixie Belle':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Hydon Dawn' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1990), G (1997), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; N (2002) Harold Stockman. Fls (9-)12(-14)/dome truss, funnel campanulate, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; medium pink in bud, opening inside light pink with a few red dorsal speckles; outside medium pink. Calyx variable, dorsal lobes c1.5" (c 40mm) long, ventral lobes c 1" (c 25mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 1.5" (100 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat and down curved margins; dull and dark green above, with fine, tan hairs below. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 12 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early April-May.

(r) 'Pride of Roseburg':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Point Defiance' (s) X 'Trude Webster'. H (1986): Dennis Sanders; G (1992), N (2001), and REG (2002): Merle Sanders; I (1999): Sanders Nursery; all Roseburg, OR. Fls 15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 4.5" (115mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; vivid purplish red (57B) in bud, opening inside deep purplish pink (67C) at margins, shading to moderate purplish pink (66D) in center, the dorsal lobe moderate purplish pink (70D) with some strong purplish red (71B) spotting; outside deep purplish pink (68A). Truss 9" (225mm) high x 9" (225mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 8.2" x 3" (205 x 75mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, wavy margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 9' (2.7m) high x 9' (2.7m) wide in 16 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0°F (-18°C); buds, 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Ramaya':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Cream Glory'. H (1988), G (1995), N (1995): Yasmin Workman, Everett, WA (now Cape Coral, FL); I (1999): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA; REG (2002): Edna F. Newcomb, Snohomish, WA. Fls 12/open topped ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) long x 3.8" (95mm) wide, with 6-7 wavy-edged lobes; moderate reddish orange (35B) in bud, the dorsal lobes opening inside brilliant yellow (14C) and aging to light yellow (14D), remaining lobes opening light yellow (14D) edged brilliant orange (19A), the base strong red (46A) with streaks of (46A) extending upwards 0.2"-0.8" (5-20mm); outside pale yellow (20D) with brilliant orange (29A) midribs, aging to light yellowish pink (29C) on ventral lobes; stigma strong yellow green (145A). Calyx lobes variable, 0.4"-1.5" (10-40mm) long, colored as corolla, without contrasting edging. Truss 5.2" (130mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3.5"-6" x 1.4"-2.5" (90-150 x 35-65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cordate base, flat margins; dull and moderate yellow green (137C) above, hairless. Shrub 3.8' (1.1m) high x 4.8' (1.4m) wide in 13 years, open habit. Plant hardy to at least 5°F (-15°C); buds, 10°F (-12°C). Late May.

(r) 'Rhodochrosite':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Van Nes Sensation' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1992), G (2000), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; N (2002) Harold Stockman. Fls 6-8/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5 wavy edged lobes; dark bright pink in bud, opening inside a pale creamy yellowish pink shading into pink margins, with a red throat and a dorsal blotch of discrete red spots; outside a bright dark pink. Calyx lobes variable, dorsal c 1.4"-1.5" (c 35-40mm) long, ventral c 1.2" (c 30mm) long, all colored as corolla. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs c 4" x 1.5" (c 100 x 40mm), lanceolate, acute apex, rounded base, wavy and down curved margins; dull and mid green above, hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Ruffled Champagne':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Apricot Nectar' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'. H (1990), G (1996), N (2002), and REG (2002): Catherine Weeks, Eureka, CA; I: Westgate Garden Nursery, Eureka, CA. Fls 15/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; deep yellowish pink (39B) in bud, opening light yellowish pink (29C) paling to light orange yellow (16C), the dorsal lobe speckled inside with brownish orange (171B) spots which extend onto edges of adjacent lobes; outside marked with strong yellowish pink (38A) stripes, lighter at edges. Truss 3.5" (90mm) high x 5.8" (145mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 1.8" (100 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, slightly down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 2.3' (0.7m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 11°F (-12°C). Early May.

(r) 'Sinfonia':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Tangerine' (s) X 'Anita Dunstan'. H (1985) and N (2002): Loyd Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; G (1996): Loyd and Edna Newcomb; REG (2002): Edna F. Newcomb; I (2003): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 27-30/conical truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 flat-edged to slightly wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (58B) in bud, opening inside yellowish white (158D) with a conspicuous border of strong purplish red (58B-C) to deep purplish pink (58D), and with a streaked and speckled brilliant yellow (13B) divided flare on the dorsal lobe, and faint speckles of strong orange yellow (22A) on all lobes; outside strong purplish red (58C) at first, the base of dorsal lobes changing to strong purplish pink (62A) and other lobes to pale purplish pink (62D); stigma dark red (183A); style light yellow green (145B); anthers grayish red (178A); filaments yellowish white (158D). Calyx lobes (6) variable, 1"-1.8" (25-45mm) long, outside striped randomly strong purplish pink (62A), pale yellowish pink (27D), and yellowish white (158D); inside, light orange yellow (22C) and yellowish white (158D). Truss 7.5" (190mm) high x 6.8" (170mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3.5"-6" x 1.4"-2.5" (90-150 x 35-65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; shiny and moderate olive base, flat margins. Shrub 8' (2.4m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 30 years, slightly open 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) 'Tony Danvolgyi':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Dianta' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1992), G (2000), N (2001), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 10/dome truss, funnel campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; pale pinkish cream in bud, opening inside pale pink tinged cream, with a bright yellow blotch in center, larger on dorsal and adjacent portions of lateral lobes, smaller on ventral lobes; with a small, dark green blotch and peripheral spotting at base of dorsal lobes; outside creamy yellow tinged pale pink. Calyx lobes variable, dorsal c 1.8" (c 45mm) long, and ventral c 1" (c 25mm) long, all colored as corolla. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 4.2" x 1.5" (105 x 40mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, oblique base, flat and down curved margins; semi-glossy and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Early May.

(v) 'Tropic Alpine Medley':  Lepidote rhododendron: ('Belisar' x [(R. lochiae x R. pseudonitens) x R. commonae, Dolo Pass form] ) (s) X R. commonae (cream-colored selection). H (1997), G (2002), N (2002), and REG (2002): J.W. Gerdemann, Yachats, OR. Fls 12/nearly flat truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 1.5" (40mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; inside deep pink (52C) in tube shading to pale orange yellow (16D) in center of lobes which are edged deep pink (52C); outside similar, but tube light orange yellow (22B-D). Calyx minute. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3" x 1"-1.5" (75 x 25-40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; dull and moderate yellow green (137C) above, with tiny scales below, barely visible without magnification. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 0.75' (0.23m) wide in 5 years, open habit. Plant hardy to at least 24°F (-4°C). Flowering April, "probably anytime."

(v) 'Tropic Alpine Nymph':  Lepidote rhododendron: R. gracilentum (s) X R. commonae (Dolo Pass form). H (1989), G, N (2002), and REG (2002): J.W. Gerdemann, Yachats, OR. Fls pendulous, 2-5/lax truss, elongated tubular funnel-shaped, 1.5" (40mm) long x 0.9" (22mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; strong red (46A), opening vivid red (46B) throughout; unmarked. Calyx minute. Lvs 1" x 0.4" (25 x 10mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137B) above, with small scales widely scattered. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 13 years. Plant green (147A) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C); buds, 15°F (-9°C). Late May.

(r) 'Snow Chief':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Noyo Chief' (s) X 'Snow Cap'. H (1976), G (1982), N (1988), and REG (2002): Parker Smith, Sebastopol, CA. Fls 10-12/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 6 wavy edged lobes; buds strong purplish pink (55B) edged strong red (53C), opening inside white with deep purplish pink (54B) edges which quickly fade to pale purplish pink (56B); outside deep purplish pink (54B) fading to pale purplish pink (56B); unmarked; stamens and pistil white. Calyx lobes minute, green. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 3" (125 x 75mm), oblong, obtuse apex, cordate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 15°F (-9°C). Mid April.

(r) 'Stockman's Drumbeat':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Dianta' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1992), G (2001), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 12-16/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; bright coral in bud, opening inside coral at margins shading into a yellow center, with a few red spots on the dorsal lobes; outside bright coral. Calyx lobes variable, dorsal c 1.8"-2" (c 45-50mm) long, ventral c 1.4" (c 35mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 5.2" x 2.4" (130 x 60mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 10 years, open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Stockman's Ruby':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lord Roberts' (s) X 'Skipper Hal'. H (1992), G (1999), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 17-19/dome truss, funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; ruby red in bud, opening ruby red inside and out, the center inside tinged yellowish orange; some dark red spotting on dorsal lobe extending onto adjacent lobes. Calyx lobes variable, two c 0.5" (12mm) and three 0.2" (5mm) long, creamy pink. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 1.8" (100 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat and down curved margins; dull and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Mid May.

(r) 'Stockman's Schiller':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Kubla Khan' (s) X 'Dianta'. H (1992), G (1999), N (2002), and REG (2002): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA. Fls 8-10/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; apricot pink in bud, opening inside pale yellow with borders of creamy white, tinged pale pink; outside dorsal lobes pale yellow with creamy pinkish white borders, ventral lobes creamy yellowish white tinged pale pink; unmarked. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, light yellow. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 1.5" (100 x 40mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat and down curved margins; semi-glossy and dark green above, hairless. Shrub 2.7' (0.8m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Late May.

(r) 'Sumner's Orange':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Evening Glow' (s) X 'Spanish Glory'. H (c 1970) and G (c 1974): Maurice and Frances Sumner, San Francisco, CA; N (1990) and REG (2002): Parker Smith, Sebastopol, CA. Fls 8-12/dome truss, funnel campanulate, 2.5" (65mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5-6 wavy-edged lobes; moderate red (179A) in bud, opening inside brilliant orange (25C) with a strong pink (49A) margin, approximately 0.25" (6mm) wide; outside light orange yellow (25D) with a strong pink (49A) margin, approximately 0.5" (13mm) wide; unmarked. Calyx lobes 0.8" (20mm) long, light orange yellow (25D) with a strong pink (49A) edge. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4" x 1.2" (100 x 30mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and deep yellowish green (141A) above, hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 7' (2.1m) wide in 10 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 15°F (-9°C). Mid-late April.

(r) 'Sunburst':  Elepidote rhododendron. Synonym of 'Blazen Sun'.

(r) 'Tarnish':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. maximum (s) X 'Mary Garrison'. H (c1972): unknown; G, N (2002) and REG (2002): Max Byrkit, Hagerstown, MD. Fls c 12/slightly lax ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.4" (60mm) wide, with 5 slightly wavy-edged lobes; dull pinkish yellow in bud, opening close to light orange yellow (16C) inside, slightly darker in the throat, the outside tinged pinkish yellow. Calyx lobes 0.2" (5mm) long; pinkish yellow. Truss 4.8" (120mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.2" x 1.8" (130 x 45mm), elliptic to lanceolate, acute apex, rounded hardy to at least 25°F (-4°C). Flowering nearly continuously.

(v) 'Tropic Alpine Violette':  Lepidote rhododendron: R. commonae (Laiagam form) (s) X R. leptanthum. H (1995), G (2001), N (2002), and REG (2002): J.W. Gerdemann, Yachats, OR. Fls 8/flat truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 1.2" (30mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; strong purplish red (58B) throughout. Calyx minute. Truss 1.2" (30mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 2" x 1" (50 x 25mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate yellow green (137C) above, with inconspicuous brown scales below. Shrub 2.6' (0.8m) high x 1.5' (0.45m) wide in 6 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 25°F (-4°C). Flowering May, June, "probably anytime."

(a) 'UMinn's Candy Lights':  Deciduous azalea: R. atlanticum (s) X unnamed Exbury seedling (with red-orange fls) . H (1989) and N (2002): Harold Pellett; G: U of MN; REG (2002): Nancy Rose; all U of MN Horticultural Research Center, Excelsior, MN . Fls 8-10/dome truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2.4"-2.8" (60-70mm) long x 2"-2.4" (50-60mm) wide, 5 flat-edged lobes; vivid purplish red (57C) in bud, opening inside light purplish pink (62C), outside vivid purplish red (57D); strongly scented. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (2-3mm) long. Truss 2.4"-3.2" high x 4"-4.8" wide (60-80 x 100-120mm). Lvs 2.4"-2.8" x 0.8" (60-70 x 20mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, moderate yellow green (148B) below, with white hairs scattered on blade above and on veins below. Shrub 5.8' (1.75m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -35°F (-37°C); buds, -30°F (-34°C). Mid May.

(a) 'UMinn's Lilac Lights':  Deciduous azalea: R. canadense (s) X (a Mollis hybrid x R. prinophyllum) . H (1979) and N (2002): Harold Pellett; G: U of MN; REG (2002): Nancy Rose; all U of MN Horticultural Research Center, Excelsior, MN. Fls 8-10/lax truss, very broadly funnel-shaped with deeply cut lobes, 1"-1.2" (25-30mm) long x 1.5"-2" (40-50mm) wide, 5 slightly wavy-edged lobes; fls deep purplish pink (66C) throughout, with strong purplish red (67A) spotting on dorsal lobe. Calyx lobes very short (1mm or less). Truss 2" high x 2"-2.4" wide (50 x 50-60mm). Lvs 2.4"-2.8" x 0.8"-1" (60-70 x 20-25mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, wavy margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, dark yellowish green (189A) below, with white hairs scattered on both surfaces, more densely below. Shrub 5.8' (1.75m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -35°F (-37°C); buds, -30°F (-34°C). Early May.

(r) 'Winter Peach':  Lepidote rhododendron: open pollinated R. chrysodoron hybrid (unnamed) (s) X probably R. ciliicalyx. H (1976), G (1981), N (1986), and REG (2002): Parker Smith, Sebastopol, CA; I (1995): Enjoy Rhododendrons, Occidental, CA. Fls 4-6/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (47B) in bud, opening inside pale greenish yellow (10D), with a strong orange (26B), V-shaped flare, c1" (25mm) long, on dorsal lobe; outside pale greenish yellow (10D), the margins and midribs occasionally tinged deep, strong, and light purplish pink (55A-C). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, green tipped pink. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3" x 1.5" (75 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and dark green (137C) above, with closely spaced brown scales evenly distributed below. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 8' (2.4m) wide in 15 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 15°F (-9°C); buds, 25°F (-4°C). Late December-January-March.

* The following unregistered names appear as parents in the above descriptions:
'Bonita': Elepidote rhododendron; H (pre 1980): W.E. Whitney; parentage unknown
'Fabur': Elepidote rhododendron; H: H. Lem; 'Fabia' X R. bureavii
'Fascination': Evergreen azalea; H: J.O. Harris; 'Grace Freeman No. 2' X 'Amagasa'
'Satin Gold': Elepidote rhododendron; H (pre 1971): L.E. Brandt; 'Shah Jehan' X R. yakushimanum

Additions and Corrections:
'Captain's Lady': (published in Journal ARS, Vol. 50, No 4 Fall 1996); Provenance should read: (H) (c 1978): Robert A. Furman, Brewster, MA.


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