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Volume 59, Number 2
Spring 2005

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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, 2005 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 7th Edition (2004).
        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) 'Apollo's Touch':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Mrs. Furnivall'. H (1989), G (1993), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA; N (2001): Bonnie Johnson, Newcastle, WA; I (2001): Hazelwood Gardens, Newcastle, WA. Fls 13/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong yellowish pink (38A) in bud, opening pale yellow (11C), blending to pale purplish pink (65D) at edges, with a double flare, extending c 1.5" (40mm) from base, consisting of discrete, moderate red (181A) spots on a pale yellow ground on the dorsal lobe and edges of the adjacent lobes; outside pale yellow (11C) with pale purplish pink (65C) midribs, fading to a combination of pale yellow (11C) and pale purplish pink (65D); moderate purplish red (185C) nectar pouches extending c 0.2" (5mm) from base on all lobes. Calyx lobes 0.4" (10mm) long, light yellow green (2C). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.2" x 2" (130 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly 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, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April.

(r) 'Bridal Dreams':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Glenna' (s) X 'Dexter's Champagne'. H (1991), G (1996), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA; N (2000): Bonnie Johnson, Newcastle, WA; I (2000): Hazelwood Gardens, Newcastle, WA. Fls 15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; pale purplish pink (56A) in bud, opening yellowish white (155D) inside and out, with a moderate red (183D), dorsal flare extending c 0.6" (15mm) from base, changing to brilliant greenish yellow (4A), and with red spotting extending another 0.6" (15mm). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 1.5" (125 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 12 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Mid April.

(r) 'Catherine's Orange Bells':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Evening Glow' (s) X 'Cup o' Gold'*. H (1984), G (1999), N (2004), and REG (2004): Catherine Weeks, Eureka, CA; I (2000): Westgate Garden Nursery, Eureka, CA. Fls 8/flat truss, campanulate, 3" (75mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes); vivid red (45A) in bud, opening vivid red (44A) throughout; unmarked. Calyx lobes c 1.3" (30mm) long, vivid red (44A). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 7"-8" (175-200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.5" x 2" (140 x 50mm), elliptic, cuneate base, slightly down curved margins; moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 11 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C); buds, 15F (-9C). Mid April.

(r) 'Cocheco Lavender Lady':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Dexter's Purple' (s) X 'Florence Parks'*. H (1990), G (1998), N (1999), and REG (2004): Joe B. Parks, Dover, NH. Fls 11-13/lax truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.25" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, 5 frilly-edged lobes; buds vivid purple (81B) to light purple (81C), opening inside light purple (84B) at edges and shading to very pale purple (84D) for a distinct picotee effect, with a mixture of light yellow (163D) and strong yellow green (145A) spots towards base of dorsal lobe; outside light purple (84B). Calyx minute, green. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 6" x 2.3" (150 x 60mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, oblique base, flat margins, dull and dark to moderate yellowish green (136B-C) above, hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 3' (0.9m) wide in 14 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -22F (-30C); buds, -18F (-28C). Late May.

(r) 'Cocheco Pink Tiara':  Elepidote rhododendron: ([R. yakushimanum x R. haematodes] x [R. yakushimanum x unknown]) (s) X 'Boule de Neige'. H (1983), G (1996), N (2004), and REG (2004): Joe B. Parks, Dover, NH. Fls 11-13/lax truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong and vivid purplish red (67AB) in bud, opening inside moderate purplish pink (70D) at edge, blending to almost greenish white (155C) at center; outside strong purplish red (71C) at edge, becoming almost white towards base; unmarked; with age, colors grow paler. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 7.5" (190mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 5" x 2" (125 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, oblique base, wavy and down curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) to moderate yellow green (147B) above; with sparse, dark greenish yellow (152C-D) hairs below. Shrub 3.3' (1m) tall x 6' (1.8m) wide in 21 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -22F (-30C); buds, -18F (-28C). Early June.

(r) 'Command Performance':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Hachmann's Charmant' (s) X 'Snow Candle'. H (1996), G (2000), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 18/conical truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (63A) in bud, opening inside yellowish white (155D), changing to a light purplish pink (55C) edge, 0.5" (c 5-6mm) wide, producing a picotee effect, and with a conspicuous, dark red (59A) dorsal flare on a pale yellow (11D) ground, (the flare extends as a solid color for c 0.6" (15mm) starting at the base, and then breaks into densely spotted lines of the same color for another 1" (25mm)); outside yellowish white (155D) at base, quickly blending to light purplish pink (55C), and with deep purplish pink (55A) streaks on dorsal lobe. Calyx lobes 1.4" (35mm) long, pale yellow throughout with a dark red (59A) flare c 0.6" (15mm long) and red spotting extending for another c 0.6" (15mm). Truss 7" (175mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 2.2" (125 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 8 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April.

(r) 'Desert Sunrise':  Elepidote rhododendron: (unknown x unnamed W. Whitney hybrid) (s) X 'Pierce's Apricot'*. H (1982), G (1997), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA; I (2002): Hazelwood Gardens, Newcastle, WA. Fls 15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (39A) in bud, opening inside light orange yellow (22D) and blending to irregular markings of moderate yellowish pink (37C), with a dorsal flare of grayish red (184A) extending c 0.5" (15mm) from base on three lobes; outside light orange yellow (22D) at base, blending to moderate yellowish pink (37C). Calyx lobes 0.4" (10mm) long, the interior with a flare of grayish red (184A) blending to moderate red (182A), and the exterior moderate red (182A). Truss 3.5" (90mm) high x 4.8" (120mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.8" x 1.8" (120 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 8' (2.4m) wide in 21 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April. (Synonym: 'Painted Desert')

R. 'Desert Sunrise'
'Desert Sunrise'
Photo by Jim Barlup

(r) 'Dixie Belle':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Brandt's Tropicana' (s) X 'Apricot Fantasy'. H (1996), G (1999), N (2004), and REG (2004): Catherine Weeks, Eureka, CA; I (2004): Westgate Garden Nursery, Eureka, CA. Fls 11/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, c 2.5" (65mm) long x 4.2" (105mm) wide, with 7 wavy edged lobes); vivid purplish red (61C) in bud, opening inside light reddish purple (74C) and outside moderate purplish red (59C); deep red (60A) flares on three dorsal lobes as well as random paler markings on other lobes. Calyx lobes c 1.3" (30mm) long, strong purplish pink (73B). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7.5"-8" (190-200mm) wide. Lvs 6" x 1.2" (150 x 30mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, very slightly down curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (137B) above; hairless. Shrub 3.3' (1.0m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 8 years, open habit. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C); buds, 10F to 15F (-12C to -9C). Late April.

(r) 'Joanne Laura':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'. H (1993), G (1999), N (2004), and REG (2004): Catherine Weeks, Eureka, CA; I (2004): Westgate Garden Nursery, Eureka, CA. Fls 16/ball to slightly conical truss, campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy edged lobes; strong reddish orange (31B) in bud, opening inside and out strong orange (25A), fading to vivid yellow (13A); the outside with random, narrow red lines mainly on the tube. Calyx with 2 lobes 0.8" (20mm) long, strong orange (25A) edged red; remaining lobes minute. Truss 4.5"-5" (115-125mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 1.8" (115 x 45mm), elliptic to oblong, broadly acute apex, rounded base, slightly down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2' (0.6m) wide in 12 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 21F (-6C). Late March-April.

(r) 'Moira Forbes':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Sham's Candy' (s) X 'Dexter's Appleblossom'. H (1986), G (1992), N (1996), and REG (2004): Joe B. Parks, Dover, NH. Fls 14/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, 5 wavy- and frilly edged lobes; moderate purplish pink (65A) in bud, opening inside deep to strong purplish pink (73AB) at margins, shading gradually to white at center, with a dorsal blotch paler than pale purplish pink (65D) having discrete spots of moderate reddish brown (166B) to brownish orange (166C) towards the base; outside deep to strong purplish pink (73A-B). Calyx lobes 0.2" (5mm) long, paler than light yellow green (154D). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 9.6" x 2.5" (240 x 65mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, oblique base, flat margins, semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) to moderate yellowish green (138A) above; hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) tall x 12' (3.6m) wide in 18 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -22F (-30C); buds, -18F (-28C). Mid June.

(r) 'Opal Luster':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Percy Wiseman'. H (1988), G (1993), N (2004), and REG (2004): Frank Fujioka; Freeland, WA. Fls 15-16/conical truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, 5-6 wavy-edged lobes; buds strong red (53D) for c 0.5" (c15mm) near tip, shading to pale yellow pink (27D) near base for c 0.5" (c15mm); opening inside yellowish white (158D) with light yellowish pink (36C) margins, a deep red (185A) throat, and the dorsal lobe light yellow (12C) darkening to vivid yellow (13A) at throat; outside yellowish white (158D) with light yellowish pink (36C) margins and mid ribs; unmarked. Calyx lobes c 0.5"-0.8" (c 15-20mm) long; interior deep red (185A); exterior light yellowish pink (36C). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 2.2" (115 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins, semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 15 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Mid April (for three weeks).

(r) 'Painted Desert':  Elepidote rhododendron. Synonym of 'Desert Sunrise'.

(r) 'Peach Recital':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Percy Wiseman' (s) X 'Summer Peach'. H (1996), G (2000), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 12/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; strong red (51A) in bud, opening pale yellow (18D) throughout, the interior with random markings of strong pink (48C), particularly near tips of lobes, and the exterior with strong pink (48C) midribs; the interior is marked at the base with discrete, strong red (53C) lines, c 0.4" (10mm) long on the ventral lobes and c 0.6" (15mm) long with sparse (53C) spotting on the dorsal lobe. Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.8" x 2" (120 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 2.7' (0.8 m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 8 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Mid May.

(r) 'Rosewine':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Independence Day' (s) X 'Plum High'. H (1994), G (1998), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 20/conical truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 5 wavy edged lobes; dark red (59A) in bud, opening yellowish white (155D) inside, blending to deep purplish pink (73A) at margins in newer flowers and paling to strong purplish pink (73B) with age, resulting in a band of color c 0.25" (6mm) broad around the edges of the nearly white lobes; outside is yellowish white (155D) blending to deep purplish pink (73A) edges, with strong purplish pink (73B) mid veins; a strong greenish yellow (151A) flare on dorsal lobes, extending c 1.2" (30mm) from base. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4" x 1.5" (100 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.8 m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 9 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Mid May.

(r) 'Saffron Silk':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X ('Odee Wright' x 'Crest'). H (1986), G (1991), N (2004), and REG (2004): Frank Fujioka, Freeland, WA. Fls 14/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, 5 wavy-edged lobes; buds brilliant greenish yellow (6A) with moderate yellow (162B) midribs, opening inside light greenish yellow (8B) with vivid yellow (13A) midribs, and the dorsal lobe vivid yellow (15A) near throat; outside brilliant yellow (8A) with vivid yellow (15A) midribs; unmarked. Calyx lobes c 0.5" (c13mm) long, strong orange yellow (163B). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.5" x 2.5" (140 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins, semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 7' (2.1m) high x 7' (2.1m) wide in 17 years, intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Late April (for three weeks).

R. 'Saffron Silk'
'Saffron Silk'
Photo by Frank Fujioka

(r) 'Samanthia':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'. H (1993), G (1999), N, and REG (2004): Catherine Weeks, Eureka, CA; I (1999): Westgate Garden Nursery, Eureka, CA. Fls 20/ball truss, campanulate, c 2" (50mm) long x 2.2" (55mm) wide, with 5 wavy edged lobes); vivid yellow (17B) in bud, opening inside brilliant yellow (11A) with a small, strong reddish orange (31B) basal blotch; outside vivid yellow (12A). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 7.5"-7.8" (190-195mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4" x 1.8" (100 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, slightly down curved margins; semi-glossy to dull, and moderate olive green (147A) above; new foliage dark red (183B); hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 2.3' (0.7m) wide in 4 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 21F (-6C). Mid April.

(r) 'Summer Wind':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Golden Gala' (s) X 'Summer Peach'. H (1996), G (2001), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 11/ball truss, saucer-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (61B) in bud, opening inside yellowish white (158D) at center, for c 1" (25mm), and then blending through pale purplish pink (62D) to light purplish pink (62C) at the darker outer edges; outside yellowish white (158D) blending to the pale purplish pink (62D) midribs which grow darker to light purplish pink (62C) near the tips of the lobes; a solid color, deep red (185A) dorsal blotch extends c 0.8" (20mm) with spotting of the same color extending another c0.6" (15mm). Calyx lobes c 0.6" (15mm) long, yellowish white (158D) with c 0.6" (15mm) long deep red (185A) flares. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 2.2" (115 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9 m) high x 3.7' (1.1m) wide in 8 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late May.

(r) 'Sun Blush':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Scintillation' (s) X 'Recital'. H (1996), G (2000), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 18/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; pale greenish yellow (1D) in bud, opening inside pale yellow green (155A), the dorsal lobe light greenish yellow (3D) with sparse moderate red (181A) spotting, and the base with two moderate red (181A) rays c 0.2" (5mm) long flanking a 1.1" (c 30mm) long flare of moderate red (181A); outside pale yellow green (155A), Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 2.4" (125 x 60mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, wavy margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3.7' (1.1m) high x 3.7' (1.1m) wide in 8 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Early May.

(r) 'Sun High':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Mindy's Love' (s) X 'Janet Blair'. H (1996), G (2000), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 18/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.8" (70mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; deep pink (51B) in bud, opening inside pale greenish yellow (10D) with light yellow (12C) dorsal lobes fading to pale greenish yellow (10D) on margins; outside colored similarly; two dorsal rays, 0.8" (20mm) long, of moderate red (182A) speckles. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 2.2" (115 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Early May.

(r) 'Sun Quest':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Invitation' (s) X 'Janet Blair'. H (1997), G (2001), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 18/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; light greenish yellow (5C) in bud, opening inside light greenish yellow (4B) shading to lighter edges of pale yellow green (4D); outside light greenish yellow (4C) at base shading to lighter edges of pale yellow green (4D); no markings. Calyx lobes 1" (25mm) long, light greenish yellow (4B). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 2.2" (125 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April.

(r) 'Tip Toe':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nadia'*(s) X 'Senator Henry Jackson'*. H (1986), G (1991), N (1996), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA; I (2003): Hazelwood Gardens, Newcastle, WA. Fls 13/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.5" (40mm) long x 2.2" (55mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; brilliant greenish yellow (2B) in bud, opening inside light greenish yellow (5C) paling to (5D) on edges; outside light greenish yellow (5C) overall; unmarked. Calyx lobes 0.5" (13mm) long, light greenish yellow (5C) throughout. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3" x 1.5" (75 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 17 years, dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April.

(r) 'White Fire':  Elepidote rhododendron: ('Mrs. Furnivall' x 'Coronation Day') (s) X 'White Cinnamon'. H (1992), G (1997), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 17/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 7 wavy-edged lobes; strong purplish red (63B) in bud, opening yellowish white (155D) inside and out, marked with a solid, deep purplish red (61A) basal blotch c 0.4" (10mm) deep, with distinct spots of the same color extending another 0.8" (20mm) on two dorsal lobes. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 1.5" (115 x 40mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 11 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Mid May.

(r) 'Wild Ginger':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Apricot Fantasy' (s) X 'Hill's Low Red'. H (1994), G (1998), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 20/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" with 6 wavy-edged lobes; moderate reddish orange (35B) in bud, opening inside pale orange yellow (24D) blending lighter to pale yellow (20D) on margins, and slightly darker to light yellow (20B) at lobe centers with deep pink (47D) streaks on midribs; outside pale orange yellow (24D) blending to light yellow (20B), with deep pink (47D) streaking on midribs; nectar pouches strong red (53C), the color extending c0.2" (c4.5mm) from base; prominent dark anthers and stigma. Calyx lobes 1.4" (35mm) long, strong red (53C) at base, changing to pale orange yellow (24D), and then pale yellow (20D) at edges. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5" x 2" (115 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 2.5' (0.75m) high x 2' (0.6m) wide in 6 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 5F (-15C). Early May.

(r) 'Windwalker':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Janet Blair' (s) X [('Lem's Cameo' x 'Brandt's Tropicana') x 'Mary Drennen']. H (1997), G (2001), N (2004), and REG (2004): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 19/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50nm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; strong pink (48D) in bud, opening inside pale yellow (158B) blending to pale yellow (19C) on dorsal lobes (extending c 1" (25mm) from base) and to light pink (49C) on other lobes; outside pale yellow (158B) blending with light pink (49C), the mid veins strong pink (49A); conspicuous flares of dark red (187C) spots beginning 0.5" (c 15mm) from base and extending upwards 1" (c 25mm) on the three dorsal lobes. Calyx lobes c 0.6" (15mm) long, pale yellow (l9C) edged strong pink (49A). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (l50mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6" x 2.2" (150 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9 in) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Mid May.

* The following unregistered names appear as parents in the above descriptions:
'Cup o' Gold': Elepidote rhododendron. H: WE. Whitney; I: E. Philp (pre-1980). Parentage unknown.
'Florence Parks': Elepidote rhododendron. H: Joe B. Parks. Parentage: 'Roseum Elegans' (s) X 'Olin. O. Dobbs'.
'Nadia': Elepidote rhododendron. H: Jim Barlup. Parentage: 'Hotei' (s) X ('Virginia Richards' X Hawk Group seedling).
'Pierce's Apricot': Elepidote rhododendron. Parentage unknown.
'Senator Henry Jackson': Elepidote rhododendron. H: H. Larson; I: E. Fisher. Parentage: 'Siouxan' (s) X 'Mrs. Horace Fogg'.


Volume 59, Number 2
Spring 2005

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