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Volume 58, Number 2
Spring 2004

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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 February 1, 2004 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 commercially 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) 'Blazing Grace':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Percy Wiseman' (s) X 'September Song'. H (1994), G (1999), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 14/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, c2.2" (55mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 5 flat-edged lobes; reddish orange in bud, opening inside with a golden yellow center shading to coral pink about 2/3 of the distance to the slightly darker coral pink margins, with olive green specks on the dorsal lobe and faint spotting on the lateral lobes; outside coral pink with orange lines along the mid vein of each lobe. Calyx lobes 0.4" (10mm) long, yellow with coral pink markings. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 3.8" x 1.5" (95 x 40mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, oblique base, down curved margins; semi-glossy and deep green above; hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 8 years, intermediate habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Carrie Pawai':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Morna Belle' (s) X 'Hotei'. H (1989): Morna Stockman; G (1997), N (2003), and REG (2003): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; to be I (c 2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 11-16/flat truss, funnel campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (47B) in bud, passing through light yellowish pink (27A) with a deep yellowish pink (47C) calyx, and opening inside pale orange yellow (19D) at margins, shading to pale yellow (19C) center; outside pale yellow (19C), shading to moderate pink (49B) on dorsal lobe. Calyx lobes 0.8"-1" (20-25mm) long, pale yellow (19C) with strong pink (48C) overtones; lobes "hug" base of corolla. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 4.2" x 1.5" (105 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat and down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3.3' (1.0m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 14 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Early June.

(r) 'Christine Drew':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Van Nes Sensation' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1992): Morna Stockman; G (2001), N (2003), and REG (2003): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; to be I (c 2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 9-(13)/ball truss, saucer shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 4.5" (115mm) wide, with 6 frilly-edged lobes; lightly scented; buds pale greenish yellow (2D) with markings of light yellowish pink (37D) at apex, opening greenish white (155C) throughout, with narrow lines of light yellow green (2C) along midribs inside, and brilliant yellow green (150C) outside; and with a large dorsal blotch of light greenish yellow (3C) speckled with dark greenish yellow (152D). Calyx lobes c 0.2" (5mm) long, brilliant yellow green (150C). Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs 5.2" x 1.5" (130 x 40mm), elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3.3' (1.0m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 11 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Mid April.

(r) 'David G. Hammond':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Tangerine' (s) X 'Mary Drennen'. H (1985): Loyd Newcomb; G (1993): Loyd and Edna Newcomb; REG (2003): Edna Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; N (2003): Dave Hammond, and to be I (2006): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 17-19/tall dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2"-2.5" (50-65mm) long x 2.5"-4.2" (65-105mm) wide, with 7-9 wavy-edged lobes; moderately scented; moderate red (47A) in bud, opening inside strong red (51A) at margin, changing rapidly to pale orange yellow (16D) and pale yellow (11C) in center and at lobe centers, with strong pink (52D) striped streaks extending upwards from base to sinuses of upper four lobes; outside strong red (50B) changing to light orange yellow (22C) c 0.8" (20mm) from base. Calyx lobes 0.5"-1.5" (13-40mm) long, ragged, base & center light yellow (11B), splashed with strong pink (48C) outwards to edge. Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 7.5" (190mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.2"-7.2" x 1.2"-2.8" (105-180 x 30-70mm), elliptic to lanceolate, broadly acute apex, cordate base, wavy margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, moderate yellow green (146C) below; hairless. Shrub 7.5' (2.3m) high x 9' (2.7m) wide in 17 years, open habit. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C); buds, 15F (-9C). Late May.

R. 'David G. Hammond'
'David G. Hammond'
Elepidote rhododendron

(r) 'Diana Lynn':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Kubla Khan'(s) X 'Dianta'. H (1992): Morna Stockman; G (2000), N, and REG (2003): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; to be I (c 2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 8-10/ball truss, saucer-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x c 3.5" (c 90mm) wide, with 5-7 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish pink (68B) at margins, shading to light purplish pink (68D) in center, with sparse, grayish red (178A) dorsal spotting; outside strong purplish pink (68B) with vivid purplish red (57B) midribs. Calyx 0.05"-0.1" (1.5-3mm) long, dark greenish yellow (152D). Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs 4.4" x 1.2" (110 x 30mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, oblique base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 2.3' (0.7m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 11 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Late May.

(r) 'Frances Emily':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Van Nes Sensation' (s) X unnamed R. yakushimanum hybrid. H (1990): Morna Stockman; G (1998), and REG (2003): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; N (2003): Sonia Zachman, Port Angeles, WA; to be I (c2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 11-14/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; lightly to moderately scented; moderate purplish red (59C) in bud, opening inside light purple (75A) at margins, shading to very light purple (75C) in center, with distinct, moderate purplish red (70A) spotting on dorsal lobe; outside light purple (75A); corolla ages inside to very pale purple (69A) margins and (69D) center, with strong greenish yellow (153B) spotting; outside pales to very pale purple, margins (75D) and base (76D). Calyx lobes c 0.06" long (1.5mm), light yellow green (145C). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 1.5" (100 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, oblique base, flat and down curved margins; semi-glossy and dark green (136A) above; with moderate orange yellow (165C) hairy indumentum below only at first, hairless at maturity. Shrub 3.8' (1.15m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 13 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Late May.

(r) 'Frencha':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Hotei' (s) X 'Van Nes Sensation'. H (1990): Morna Stockman; G (1999), N (2003), and REG (2003): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; to be I (c 2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 6-8/flat truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 6-7 flat-edged lobes; buds moderate yellowish pink (33D) with strong purplish pink (55B) apex, opening inside light purple (84B) at margins, with a pale yellow green (4D) center and with sparse, strong red (46A) dorsal spotting; outside light purple (84B) at margins, shading to pale yellow green (4D) at base. Calyx 0.05"-0.2" (1.5-5mm) long, light yellow green (145C). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 3.8" x 2.2" (95 x 55mm), broadly elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat and down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above; hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 13 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Mid May.

(r) 'French Cream':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. pseudochrysanthum (Beasley selection) (s) X 'Fashion Plate'*. H (1996), G (2000), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 8/lax truss, funnel-campanulate, c 2.4" (60mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; buds coral pink, edged with yellow, opening ivory white inside with a light maroon flare at base of dorsal lobe; outside ivory with some pale pink at base, fading to white. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 3.8" x 1.5" (95 x 40mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, oblique base, flat margins; dull and mid green above; hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 6 years, intermediate habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Golden Mean':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'September Song' (s) X 'White Dimples'. H (1993), G (1998), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 10/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped with lobes strongly reflexed, c 2.5" (65mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; coral pink in bud, opening inside light creamy coral pink at margins, shading to yellowish cream at center of lobes and light olive green at base, with a flare of olive green spots on dorsal lobe, and paler spots at edges of adjacent lobes; outside creamy coral pink margins shading to creamy yellow base. Calyx lobes 0.25" (6mm) long, creamy yellow. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3.5" x 1.8" (90 x 45mm), ovate, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and medium deep green above; hairless. Shrub 2.3' (0.7m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 9 years, intermediate habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Golden Pleasure':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Caroline' (Gable). H (1995): Frank Fujioka, Freeland, WA; G (1999), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 8/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, c 2.4" (60mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; buds golden yellow with pink blotches, opening inside light yellow in center, with color extending along lobe centers in an irregular star-shape and changing to light pink margins of varying width; outside golden yellow at base shading to pink with yellow and cream blotches; moderate maroon spotting on dorsal lobe. Calyx lobes 0.5" (13mm) long, yellow with deep pink margins. Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4" x 1.8" (100 x 45mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and mid green above; hairless. Shrub 4.5' (1.4m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Honeybrook':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Tom Everett' (s) X 'Fashion Plate'*. H (1995), G (2000), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 12/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped with lobes strongly reflexed, c 2.5" (65mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; buds pinkish mauve, opening inside with a medium pink margin surrounding creamy white lobe centers and shading to a golden yellow base; outside shades of medium pink, darker at mid veins; unmarked; ovary and stigma prominent, mid green; lightly scented. Calyx lobes 0.5" (13mm) long, light green. Truss 7.5" (190mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 7.5" x 2.8" (190 x 70mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and mid green above; hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Koto':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Hotei' (s) X 'Van Nes Sensation'. H (1990): Morna Stockman; G (1999), N (2003), and REG (2003): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; to be I (c 2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 12-15/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x c 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 7 flat-edged lobes; brilliant greenish yellow (6B) in bud, opening inside brilliant greenish yellow (6B) shading to pale yellow green (4D) margins; outside light greenish yellow (4C) shading to pale yellow green (4D) margins; sparse deep greenish yellow (153A) dorsal spotting. Calyx lobes 0.05"-0.1" (1.5-3mm) long, deep greenish yellow (153A). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs 3.4" x 1.5" (85 x 40mm), oblong, acuminate apex, rounded base, flat and down curved margins; semi-glossy and dark green (136A) above; hairless. Shrub 4.3' (1.3m) high x 5.3' (1.6m) wide in 13 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Early May.

(r) 'Loyd's Sweetie':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Anna' (s) X 'Cotton Candy'. H (1970): Loyd Newcomb; G (1999): Loyd and Edna Newcomb; N (2003) and REG (2003): Edna Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; to be I (2004-5): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 13-15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with (5-)7 frilly-edged lobes; strong purplish red (60C-D) in bud, opening inside with a narrow, deep purplish pink (73A) margin and white center (including centers of lobes), with a dark red (187A) flare, c 20mm long, deep in throat, and strong purplish red (60C) flecks on dorsal lobes above flare; outside deep purplish pink (73A) with vivid reddish purple (74B) stripes along midribs; sweetly scented. Calyx lobes negligible. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 7.2" (180mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4"-6.8" x 1"-1.5" (100-170 x 25-40mm), elliptic to lanceolate, broadly acute apex, rounded or cordate base, upcurved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, moderate yellow green (146B) below; hairless. Shrub 7.7' (2.3m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 15 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 5F (-15C); buds, 10F (-12C). Mid May.

(r) 'Moira Michael':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Spanish Lady' (s) X 'Kubla Khan'. H (1990): Morna Stockman; G (2000), N (2003), and REG (2003): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; to be I (c 2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 4-6/ball truss, funnel-campanulate, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; pistils wavy; vivid red (45C) in bud, opening vivid red (45C) throughout; with dense black spotting in the base dispersing to sparse dorsal spotting. Calyx lobes 2.2" (55mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs 3.2" x 1.5" (80 x 40mm), elliptic, acuminate apex, cuneate base, flat margins; dull and moderate yellow green (147B) above; hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2.7' (0.8m) wide in 13 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Mid April.

(r) 'Muffy':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. yakushimanum, Exbury form (s) X 'Elby'. H (1986): Edna F. Newcomb; G (1993): Loyd and Edna Newcomb; N (2003) and REG (2003): Edna Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; to be I (2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 8-11/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.8"-2" (45-50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5-7 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (63B) in bud, opening inside light purplish pink (62C), tinged strong purplish pink (63C), fading to pale yellowish pink (36D); with a deep red (53A) flare, c15mm long, deep in throat, changing to strong red (53B), and strong red (47B & 53C) speckles extending upwards c15mm from flare; outside strong purplish pink (63C) tinged strong purplish red (63B), fading to pale yellowish pink (36D). Calyx lobes 0.8"-1.8" (20-45mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 2.5"-3.5 (65-90mm) high x 4"-4.5" (100-115mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 2.8"-3.2" x 0.5"-1.5" (70-80 x 15-40mm), obovate, obtuse apex, cuneate base, down curved margins; glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, with hairy indumentum below, yellowish white (156D) at first, becoming moderate orange yellow (164B). Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 15 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 5F (-15C); buds, 10F (-12C). Flowering mid May, over a 3-week period, with all color changes visible at once.

(r) 'Orange Ruffy':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Marshall Stilwell', selfed. H (1995), G (2000), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 8/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped with many lobes strongly reflexed, c 2.5" (65mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 7 flat-edged lobes; buds deep pinkish orange, opening inside golden yellow in center, shading to cream near the margin which is pink tinged orange; outside golden yellow with random pinkish orange streaks along length from base to pinkish orange margins; unmarked inside. Calyx lobes 0.5" (13mm) long, golden yellow tinged pinkish orange. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.8" x 2" (120 x 50mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and mid green above; hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2' (0.6m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Oso':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Tangerine' (s) X ('Goldsworth Orange' x R. decorum ssp. diaprepes). H (1983) and N (2003): Loyd Newcomb; G (1990): Loyd and Edna Newcomb; REG (2003): Edna Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; to be I (2004-5): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 21-23/ tall dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) long x 4.2" (105mm) wide, with 7-8 wavy-edged lobes; lightly scented; strong red (53C) in bud, opening inside strong red (53D) at margins with a yellowish white (158D) center and a small, light yellow (10C) basal flare marked with strong yellowish pink (31C) speckles on the three dorsal lobes; outside pale yellow green (155A) with strong red (53C) margins. Calyx lobes 0.8"-1.5" (20-40mm) long, inside yellowish white (158D) with a light yellow (160B) double flare; outside pale yellow green (155A) tinged moderate purplish pink (62B). Calyces remain on plant after corollas fall. Truss 7.5" (190mm) high x 7.5" (190mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 1.2"-5.2" x 0.8"-2.5" (30-130 x 20-65mm), elliptic (25%) or oblong (75%), broadly acute or obtuse apex, rounded or cordate base, wavy margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, moderate yellow green (147B) below; hairless. Shrub 4.3' (1.3m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 20 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 5F (-15C); buds, 10F (-12C). Late May.

(r) 'Peetskee':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Tangerine' (s) X 'Frank Galsworthy'. H (1995), N (2003), and REG (2003): Edna Newcomb; G (2001): Loyd and Edna Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; to be I (2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 26-29/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; dark red (59A) in bud, opening inside margin deep purplish red (61A), center strong purplish red (61B), upper throat strong purplish pink (63C), and base of throat streaked strong purplish red (60D) from nectar pouches; outside margin dark red (59A), center strong purplish red (61B), base deep purplish pink (61D); alternating stripes of dark red (187A) and strong purplish red (60D) in throat of dorsal lobe, with dark red (187B) speckles above stripes on a deep red (60A) background. Calyx is deeply lobed, the lobes 0.5"-0.8" (13-20mm) long, inside strong purplish red (59D) with a double flare of deep purplish red (187D); outside strong & light purplish pink (63C-D). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 4 years, 3.5"-5.2" x 1.5"-2.2" (90-130 x 40-55mm), elliptic to lanceolate, broadly acute apex, rounded and oblique base, wavy margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, strong yellow green (144A) below. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 5F (-15C); buds, 10F (-12C). Late May.

(r) 'Rad':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Tangerine' (s) X Newcomb hybrid N30A*. H (1982) and G (1989): Loyd Newcomb; REG (2003): Edna Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; N (2003): Dave Hammond; to be I (2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 20-22/tall dome truss, broadly and openly funnel-shaped, 2.2"-2.5" (55-65mm) long x 2.5"-3.5" (65-90mm) wide, with 5 very wavy-edged lobes; vivid reddish orange (42A) in bud, opening inside strong red (50A) at margins, and shading to deep pink (48A, 51B), and deep yellowish pink (41D), with a light orange yellow (16B) flare 2" (50mm) long on dorsal lobe and strong orange (26A) streaks 0.8" (20mm) long on either side of flare at base; outside strong red (50A) at margins, shading to strong reddish orange (32B) at base. Calyx lobes 0.4"-0.8" (10-20mm) long, rounded, inside brilliant yellow (13B); outside brilliant yellow (14C) with strong yellowish pink (37A) stripes. Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 4.8"-7.2" x 1.5"-2.2" (120-180 x 40-55mm), elliptic and lanceolate, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins, some with slightly down curved tips; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, moderate yellow green (146D) below; hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 4.5' (1.4m) wide in 8 years, open habit. Plant hardy to at least 5F (-15C); buds, 10F (-12C). Late May-early June.

(r) 'Rosy Bon Bons':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Scintillation' (s) X 'Berg's Yellow'*. H (1995), G (1999), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 17/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, c 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 7 flat-edged lobes; rosy pink in bud, opening inside rosy pink at margins, paling to cream towards base, with a small maroon eye and discrete maroon spots radiating upwards from base on dorsal and edges of the adjacent lobes; outside rosy pink at margins, shading to light creamy pink at base Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 2.2" (115 x 55mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and mid green above, with deeply impressed veins; hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 3.5' (1.0m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Shadowland':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Janet Blair' (s) X 'Polynesian Sunset'. H (1994), G (1999), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 11/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, c 2.8" (70mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 8 wavy-edged lobes; pink in bud, opening inside with mauve pink margins shading to cream in lobe centers and then to golden yellow in center, with a large, rust-colored basal blotch radiating upwards on dorsal lobes in solid flares surmounted by discrete spots; outside ivory base shading into mauve pink margins. Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.5" x 2.4" (140 x 60mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins; glossy and deep green above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 9 years, intermediate habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Sungold':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Rad'. H (1993) and N (2003): Loyd Newcomb; G (1999): Loyd and Edna Newcomb; REG (2003): Edna Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; to be I (2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 17-21/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5-6 wavy edged lobes; strong red (45D) in bud, opening inside light orange yellow (16B) with narrow, deep yellowish pink (39B) margins; outside deep yellowish pink (39B) shading to brilliant yellow (20A) at base; unmarked. Calyx lobes variable, 0.5"-1.5" (13-40mm) long, brilliant yellow (11A) edged strong yellowish pink (37A). Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 6.2" (155mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3.2"-5" x 1.2"-2" (80-125 x 30-50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat or slightly wavy margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, moderate yellow green (146C) below; hairless. Shrub 4.5' (1.4m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C); buds, 15F (-9C). Mid May.

(r) 'Thumbs Up':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Mary Belle' (s) X R. pseudochrysanthum (Beasley selection). H (1994), G (1999), N (2003), and REG (2003): Tom Ahern, Bethlehem, PA. Fls 8/lax truss, openly funnel-shaped, c2.4" (60mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; pink with whitish cream edges, opening inside ivory white with a small maroon basal blotch and some maroon spots on the dorsal lobe; outside mainly pink at first, changing to ivory white with pink midribs. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 3.5" x 1.5" (90 x 40mm), oblong, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and deep green above; hairless. Shrub 1.5' (0.45m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 8 years, dense habit. Bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(r) 'Younghae Pang':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Van Nes Sensation' (s) X 'Cotton Candy'. H (1991): Morna Stockman; G (1999), N (2003), and REG (2003): Harold and Morna Stockman, Port Angeles, WA; to be I (c 2005): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA. Fls 10-13/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (54A) in bud, opening strong purplish red (54A) throughout, with sparse dorsal spotting of deep red (53A) inside, and strong red (53C) midribs outside; stigma deep red (53A). Calyx less than 0.05" (1.5mm) long, lime green edged strong red (53C). Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs 4.5" x 1.5" (115 x 40mm), elliptic, acuminate apex, oblique base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above; hairless. Shrub 2.8' (0.85m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Late April.

* The following unregistered names appear as parents in the above descriptions:
'Berg's Yellow': elepidote rhododendron; H: Warren Berg; 'Mrs Betty Robertson' X 'Fred Rose'
'Fashion Plate': elepidote rhododendron; H: J. Becales; parentage unknown
Newcomb hybrid N30A: H: L. Newcomb; {R. caucasicum x ['Fabia' x (Dido Group x 'Lem's Goal)]} (s) X 'Crest'


Volume 58, Number 2
Spring 2004

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