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Volume 59, Number 4
Fall 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 August 15, 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) 'Avram':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Girard Joshua'* (s) X 'Caroline' (Gable). H (c 1992), G (c 1997), N (2005), and REG (2005): Jeffrey D. Hooper, Uniontown, OH. Fls 9-12/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.4" (60mm) long x 3.8" (95mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color strong purplish red (72A) in bud, opening inside and out strong reddish purple (72B) at margins, blending to light purple (87D) at center; faint dorsal flare of moderate orange yellow (164B) with greenish speckling; pedicels strong purplish red (60D). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, strong purplish red (60D). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.2" x 2.2" (130 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, oblique base, wavy margins; dull and dark olive green above; hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6.7' (2m) wide in c 13 years; open habit, but well-branched. Plant and bud hardy to at least -15F (-26C). Late May.

(r) 'Brookhaven':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Hotei' (s) X 'Janet Blair'. H (1987), G (1995), N (2004), and REG (2005): Werner Brack, St. James, NY; I (2004): Roslyn Nursery, Dix Hills, NY. Fls 15/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.4" (60mm) long x 3.8" (95mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes. Color light yellowish pink (26D) in bud, opening light greenish yellow (4C) inside with two small dorsal flares composed of discrete, vivid reddish orange (43A) spots; outside pale yellow green (4D). Calyx lobes 0.2" (5mm) long, light yellow green (154D). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3.5" x 2" (90 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above; hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 17 years; intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Midseason.

(a) 'Cagle Nocturne': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. arborescens (s) X R. cumberlandense. H (1986), G (1994), N (2003), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 15-28/ball truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2" (50m) wide, 5 flat-edged lobes; strongly scented. Color strong purplish pink (68B) in bud with many white glandular setae; opening inside moderate purplish pink (68C) with a strong orange (25B) dorsal blotch; outside light purplish pink (68D) with many white hairs and glandular setae along center rib of tube and on corolla lobes; filaments light purplish pink (68D); style deep purplish pink (68A); stigma strong purplish red (71C). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, brilliant greenish yellow (1B). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Leaves 3" x 1.5" (75 x 40mm), ovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; semi-glossy and moderate yellow green (137C) above, light yellow green (138D) below, with white to greenish white hairs along leaf margins, sparse on mid-vein below. Shrub 5' (1.5m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years; open habit. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). June.

(r) 'Carol's Choice':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. fortunei (s) X 'Burgundy'. H: Charlie McKnew, Kelso, WA; G: E.T. (Ted) Anderson, Longview, WA; N and REG (2005): Betty E. Anderson, Longview, WA. Fls 10/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 3" (75mm) long x 5" (125mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes. Color dark red (59A) in bud, opening strong purplish red (61B) inside and out; dark purple (79A) basal blotch extending upwards c 0.5" (15mm) on all lobes and covering c 1/4 of dorsal lobe. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6"-7" (150-175mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 3"-5" x 1"-2" (75-125 x 25-50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above, hairless. Shrub 10' (3m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 20 years, open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5F (-15C). Mid May.

(r) 'Charlotte Rose Newman':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Tangerine' (s) X R. lacteum, Lem's form. H (1985), G (1992), N (2004): Loyd Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; I (2006): Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, Arlington, WA; REG (2005): Edna F. Newcomb, Snohomish, WA. Fls 19-27/tall dome truss, funnel-campanulate, 2.2" (55mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; lightly scented. Color strong red (53B) in bud, opening inside strong red (53D), changing to deep pink (52B) in center and light yellowish pink (36A) in throat, with two small flares, consisting of stripes of deep red (185A) and strong red (50A), at base of dorsal lobe; outside strong red (51A) with strong red (53C) stripes on center of lobes and pale yellowish pink (36D) at base. The calyx is composed of 5 irregular lobes, c 0.5"-2" (13- 50mm) long, inside strong red (51A) edged deep pink (52C), the throat light yellowish pink (36A); outside similar but slightly paler. Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 3.5"-6.4" x 1.2"-3" (90-160 x 30-75mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 8' (2.4m) high x 7' (2.1m) wide in 19 years; open habit. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C); buds, 15F (-9C). Mid April.

(a) 'Cumberland Cheer': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. arborescens (s) X R. cumberlandense. H (1986), G (1993), N (2003), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 6-10/flat truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 2.5" (65m) wide, 5 flat edged lobes; strongly scented. Color vivid red (45B) in bud with white glandular setae along ribs and tube, opening inside moderate red (47A) with a vivid reddish orange (N30A) dorsal blotch; outside strong red (47B) with glandular white setae along tube and lobes; style moderate red (47A); filaments deep pink (48B); stigma moderate red (N34A); anthers moderate orange yellow (164B). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, light green. Truss 2" (50mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Leaves 2.5" x 1" (65 x 25mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; glossy and strong yellow green (144B) above, strong yellow green (N144C) below, with white to light green hairs along leaf margins and on mid vein below. Shrub 6' (1.8m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years; open habit. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). June.

(a) 'Cumberland Coral': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. arborescens (s) X R. cumberlandense. H (1986), G (1993), N (2003), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 7-10/dome truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 2" (50m) wide, 5 flat-edged lobes; strongly scented. Color strong reddish orange (40C) in bud, the mid veins pale yellow (11D), opening inside moderate yellowish pink (39C) with pale yellow (11D) along center of each lobe and a vivid yellow (16A) blotch in center of dorsal lobe; outside strong yellowish pink (43D) along margins, pale yellow (11D) along midrib to calyx, and many glandular setae along tube and lobes; filaments pale greenish yellow (2D); style strong red (47B); stigma strong red (46A). Calyx lobes c0.1" (3mm) long, light yellow green (142C). Truss 2.5" (65mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Leaves 2.5" x 1.5" (65 x 40mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; glossy and moderate olive green (137B) above, moderate yellowish green (N138C) below, with light greenish white to greenish yellow hairs along leaf margins and on mid vein below. Shrub 6' (1.8m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years; dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). June.

(a) 'Cumberland Fire': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. cumberlandense (s) X R. arborescens. H (1986), G (1994), N (1996), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 6-8/dome truss, narrowly tubular funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 2.2" (55m) wide, 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color vivid reddish orange (43B) in bud, opening inside strong red (47B) with a vivid reddish orange (N30B) dorsal blotch; outside deep pink (48A), the tube with white hairs and egandular deep pink (48B) hairs; filaments and style deep yellowish pink (43C); stigma dark grayish reddish brown (200A). Calyx lobes 0.2" (5mm) long, yellow green. Truss 2" (50mm) high x 3.5" (90mm) wide. Leaves 2" x 1.2" (50 x 30mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, moderate yellow green (137C) below, with white to light green hairs along leaf margins and on mid vein below. Shrub 2' (0.6m) tall x 2' (0.6m) wide in 10 years; intermediate habit, slow growing. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). June.

(a) 'Cumberland Gold': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. cumberlandense (s) X R. arborescens. H (1986), G (1994), N (2003), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 6-8/dome truss, narrowly tubular funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2.4" (60m) wide, 5 flat-edged lobes. Color brilliant greenish yellow (4A) tipped strong orange (N25A) in bud, opening inside brilliant yellow (13B), tinged vivid reddish orange (N30B) at margins, the dorsal lobe covered almost entirely with a vivid yellow (13A) blotch; outside brilliant yellow (12B) tinged deep yellowish pink (43C) on lobes, with light greenish yellow (1C) hairs and a few glandular setae; filaments strong reddish orange (N34B); style strong red (39A); stigma strong red (46A). Flower color is influenced by the amount of shade. Calyx lobes 0.2" (5mm) long, light green. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide, sitting atop the foliage. Leaves 2.4" x 1" (60 x 25mm), elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; glossy and dark yellowish green (136B) above, dull and moderate yellowish green (137D) below, with white to yellow-white hairs along leaf margins and on mid vein below. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years; dense, compact habit. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). Mid April to early May.

(r) 'Daddy Dan':  Elepidote rhododendron: ('Fabia' x R. bureavii) (s) X 'The Honourable Jean Marie de Montague'. H (1970): Doris Griswold, Kirkland, WA; G (1980), N, and I (2005): Griswold Nursery, Kirkland, WA; REG (2005): Linda Malland, Kirkland, WA. Fls 9/lax truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes. Color deep purplish pink (61D) in bud, opening very pale purple (69C) throughout, with sparse spotting (close to (61D)) on lower portion of dorsal lobe. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 1 year, 5" x 1" (125 x 25mm), narrowly elliptic, acute apex; moderate olive green (137A) above, hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 35 years, upright habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Mid April.

(r) 'Doreen Johnson':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Rigginslinger'* (s) X [(R. yakushimanum x 'Hansel') x 'One Thousand Butterflies'] . H (1993), G (1999), N, and REG (2005): John Winberg, Fall City, WA. Fls 13/truss, open campanulate, 2.2" (55mm) long x 1.5" (40mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color deep purplish pink (66C) in bud, opening strong purplish pink (63C). Truss 6" (150mm) high x 4" (100mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 1.5" (125 x 40mm), oblong, up curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above; with discrete, tan hairs on underside of lvs. Shrub 1.3' (0.4m) high x 1.7' (0.5m) wide in 6 years; dense habit, very floriferous. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April to May.

(r) 'Ed Brown':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Scintillation' (s) X 'Golden Star' x (['Dido' x ('Chlorops' x R. lacteum)] x 'Golden Star'). H (1994), G (2000), N (2000), and REG (2005): Peg Brown, Lakeville, MA; I: Whispering Pines Nursery, Lakeville, MA. Fls 10-11/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 7 flat-edged lobes; lightly scented. Color light yellowish pink (26D) in bud, opening inside light yellow green (150D); outside pale yellow (8D). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, light yellow green (145C). Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6" x 2.5" (150 x 65mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (137A) above; hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years; intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Mid May.

(a) 'Fredonia Surprise': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. arborescens (s) X R. cumberlandense. H (1986), G (1994), N (2003), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 25-40/ball truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2" (50m) wide, 5 wavy-edged lobes; strongly scented. Color strong purplish pink (62A) in bud with sparse glandular setae along midrib, opening moderate purplish pink (62B) with pinkish white at tips of lobe margins and a strong orange (24A) blotch in center of dorsal lobe; outside lobes light purplish pink (62C) and tube moderate purplish pink (62B) with many hairs and a few glandular setae; filaments strong yellow pink (33C); style vivid reddish orange (N30A); stigma deep red (60A). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, light green. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Leaves 3" x 1.5" (75 x 40mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; glossy and strong green (132B) above, light bluish green (133C) below, with white hairs along leaf margins and on mid vein below. Shrub 4' (1.2m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). June.

R. 'Fredonia Surprise'
R. 'Fredonia Surprise'

(v) 'Glenn Sahara':  Vireya (lepidote) rhododendron: (R. zoelleri x R. leucogigas) (s) X 'Doctor Herman Sleumer'. H (1995), N (2004), and REG (2005): R.A. Mitchell, Volcano, HI; G (2003): Glenn Sahara, Keaau, HI. Fls tubular funnel-shaped, 7/dome truss, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; corolla 3.4" (85mm) long x 1" (25mm) wide; tube 0.5" (13mm) wide at base. Color deep yellowish pink (43C) margins inside and out; interior blending to brilliant yellow (11A) at base, and exterior blending into light yellow (11B) the entire length of the corolla; unmarked. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6"(150mm) wide. Lvs 4" x 2.5" (100 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base; semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above; no scales visible to naked eye. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 5 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 45F (7C). December-January.

(r) 'Kahlua':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Sunspray' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'. H, G (2005), N (2005), and REG (2005): Jack Olson, Fall Creek, OR. Fls 12/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 3" (75mm) long x 4" (100mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes; moderately scented. Color strong purplish pink (55B) in bud, opening inside light to pale purplish pink (55C-D) at margins, shading to light yellow green (2C) throat; outside strong to light purplish pink (55B-C), the slightly darker color at lobe centers; no markings. Calyx lobes 2" (50mm) long, colored as corolla. Truss 8" (200mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2-3 years, 6" x 2.8" (150 x 70mm), oblong, obtuse apex, slightly cordate base, wavy margins; semi-glossy and dark yellowish green (139A) above; hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 6 years. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C); buds, 20F (-7C). Early May.

(r) 'Mead':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Sunspray' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'. H, G (2005), N (2005), and REG (2005): Jack Olson, Fall Creek, OR. Fls 12/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 3" (75mm) long x 4.5" (115mm) wide, with 7 frilly-edged lobes; lightly scented. Color light yellowish pink (36A) in bud, opening inside light yellowish pink (36B) shading to pale yellow (18C) in center; outside light yellowish pink (36A) with pale yellowish pink (27C) at margins; no markings. Calyx lobes 1.5" (40mm) long, pale yellow (12D), edged red. Truss 8" (200mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2-3 years, 7" x 3" (175 x 75mm), oblong, obtuse apex, cordate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and dark green (136A) above; hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 6 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C); buds, 20F (-7C). Mid May. (Best New American Hybrid, May 2005, ARS Eugene Chapter show.)

(r) 'Melody Bell':  Elepidote rhododendron: Parentage unknown. G (c 1988): David Dean, Hendersonville, NC; S (2003), N (2003), and REG (2005): Doley S. Bell, Jr., Hendersonville, NC. Fls 10-12/dome truss, funnel-campanulate, 3" (75mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5+5 wavy-edged lobes. Color dark red (187C) in bud, opening inside with a dark red (187C) border, c 0.5" (15mm) wide, changing to white, with a narrow transition zone of feathery red markings between the red margin and the white star-shaped center; outside dark red (187C); sparse yellow dorsal spotting. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 5.2" (130mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 6" x 2" (150 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull green above; hairless. Shrub 6' (1.8m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 20 years; open habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C); buds, 10F (-12C). Mid May.

R. 'Melody Bell'
R. 'Melody Bell'

(r) 'Nancy Ledyard':  Lepidote rhododendron: 'Else Frye', selfed. H (1995), G (2000), and N (2005): Fred Renick, Camarillo, CA; REG (2005): William Moyles, Oakland, CA. Fls 3/lax truss, openly to broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide; with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color white overall with pink to red markings, varying from random streaks to partial edging on lobes, both inside and out; with a prominent orange/yellow flare in dorsal throat. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (up to 3mm) long, strong purplish red, hairy. Lvs held 2 years, 3" x 1" (75 x 25mm), elliptic, acuminate apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy green above; with dense, tiny, pale green scales on underside of lvs. Shrub 6' (1.8m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years; open, branching habit. Plant and bud estimated to be hardy to at least 20F (-7C). Mid April.

(r) 'Noyo Charm':  Lepidote rhododendron: (R. johnstoneanum x R. veitchianum) (s) X R. moupinense. H (1969) and G (1974): R.W. Scott; N (2005) and REG (2005): Ken Jones, Fort Bragg, CA; I (2005): Forest Lane Nursery, Fort Bragg, CA. Fls 2-5/lax truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide; with 5 frilly-edged lobes. Color inside white, randomly tinged light purplish pink (55C), and with prominent strong purplish red (54A) spotting at base of dorsal lobes; outside white tinged strong pink (48D), mainly at midribs. Calyx lobes c 0.2" (5mm) long, moderate yellow green (147D). Lvs 2.2" x 1" (55 x 25mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, rounded base, down curved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; with moderate yellow green (146D) hairs and scales on lvs (above and below) and on calyx. Shrub 5' (1.5m) tall x 6' (1.8m) wide in 15 years; new growth is dark green to reddish bronze; bark of mature plants turns mahogany and peels. Plant hardy to at least 20F (-7C); buds, 28F to 30F (-1C to 2C). March-April.

(v) 'Richard Marques':  Vireya (lepidote) rhododendron: (R. zoelleri x R. leucogigas) (s) X R. laetum. H (2000), G (2002), N, and REG (2005): R.A. Mitchell, Volcano, HI. Fls 4/flat truss, broadly funnel-shaped with 6 large, deeply-cut, frilly-edged lobes; corolla 4.2" (105mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide. Color inside strong purplish pink (62A) at margin, blending into light purplish pink (62C); outside light purplish pink (62C); both inside and outside colors blend very subtly with random blotches of strong purplish red (63B). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 5"(125mm) wide. Lvs 6.5" x 2" (165 x 50mm), elliptic, acuminate apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; dark red (187C) midrib, c 0.2" (5mm) wide at base, tapering to a point at tip; as lvs mature, color changes from moderate yellow green (137C) to dark red (187C); no scales visible to naked eye. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 5 years. Plant hardy to at least 40F (4C). Late January.

(a) 'Rocky River Red': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. cumberlandense (s) X R. arborescens. H (1986), G (1993), N (1996), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens   Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 20-24/ball truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2" (50m) wide, 5 flat edged lobes; lightly scented. Color strong reddish orange (40C) in bud, opening inside vivid reddish orange (N30A) with a vivid reddish orange (N30B) blotch on the dorsal lobe; outside vivid reddish orange (40B) with many glandular hairs along tube; filaments vivid reddish orange (41A); style vivid red (44A); stigma deep purplish red (71A). Calyx lobes 0.2" (5mm) long, yellow green. Truss 3.5" (90mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Leaves 3.4" x 1.4" (85 x 35mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above, moderate yellowish green (138A) below, with white to yellowish white hairs along leaf margins and on mid vein below. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years; dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). June.

(a) 'Salmellia':  Evergreen azalea: Parentage unknown. H (c 1975), G (c 1980), N, and REG (2005): Frank Furman, Bridgewater, NJ. Fls 1-2/terminal, saucer-shaped and irregularly double, 1.5" (c 40mm) long x 2.2" (55m) wide, 5-10 wavy-edged lobes. Color deep pink (50B) at edges, shading to deep pink (48C) at center. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, green. Spring and summer leaves oblanceolate; spring: 1" x 0.5" (25x13mm); summer: 0.5" x 0.25" (13x6mm). Shrub 1.2' (0.4m) tall x 2' (0.6m) wide in 10 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Midseason. (Awarded many ribbons at ARS shows hosted by New York, Philadelphia, and Princeton Chapters.)

(a) 'Sandra's Harlequin':  Evergreen azalea: Unknown evergreen rogue azalea from de Wilde Greenhouses (s) X 'Blushing Angel'. H (1984), G (1988), N, and REG (2005): Sandra McDonald, Hampton, VA. Fls 2-3/terminal, openly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2.8" (70m) wide, 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color white, with stripes, sectors, and flecks of deep yellowish pink (39B) in bud, opening white, with stripes, sectors, and flecks of deep yellowish pink (39B) inside and out; no blotch. Calyx lobes 0.4" (10mm) long, strong yellow green (144C). Leaves 2" x 0.8" (50 x 20mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above, with tan hairs on leaf surfaces (above and below). Shrub 5' (1.5m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 20 years; intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5F (-15C). Mid April to early May.

R. 'Sandra's Harlequin'
R. 'Sandra's Harlequin'

(r) 'Saveta':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Girard Joshua'* (s) X R. yakushimanum, Exbury form. H (c 1992), G (c 1997), N (2005), and REG (2005): Jeffrey D. Hooper, Uniontown, OH. Fls 14-16/dome truss, funnel-campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 2.4" (60mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color strong purplish red (61B) in bud, opening inside light purple (76A) narrowly edged moderate purplish red (64A), with sparse, strong orange yellow (163B) dorsal spotting; outside strong purplish red (64C) with slightly darker midribs; color grows slightly paler with age. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, cream. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 5.5" x 1.8" (140 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, margins slightly down curved; semi-glossy and dark olive green above. Young lvs covered with white tomentum; at maturity, orange tan hairs thinly cover underside of lvs and petioles. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in c 13 years; intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -15F (-26C). Midseason.

(r) 'Scotian Bells':  Lepidote rhododendron: R. mucronulatum var. taque tii 'Cheju'* (s) X R. campylogynum (as Charopoeum Group). H (1987), G (1990), N, and REG (2005): John K. Weagle, Halifax, NS, Canada; I: Glendoick Gardens, Perth, Scotland. Fls (2-)3/bud and 2-3 buds/terminal, campanulate (pendent); 1" (26mm) long x 1.2" (30mm) wide, slightly wavy-edged lobes. Color deep purplish red (71A) in bud, opening inside light purple (81C) and outside vivid purple (80A); unmarked; stigma c 1" (23mm) long, curved sharply downwards. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (4mm) long. Lvs c 1" x 0.7" (27 x 17mm), elliptic to orbicular, broadly acute apex, cuneate base; glossy, between moderate olive green (147A) and dark yellowish green (139A) above; with reddish scales, many spaced 2-3 times their width apart; petiole c 0.2" (5.5mm) long. Shrub 1' (0.3m) tall x 1.7' (0.5m) wide in 12 years, very compact habit; may be deciduous in very cold, snowless winters without impairment to vigor or flowering. Plant hardy to at least -13F (-25C); buds, -10F (-23C). Mid-late May.

(a) 'Senior Prom': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. arborescens (s) X R. cumberlandense. H (1986), G (1994), N (2003), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 6-8/dome truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 2.2" (55m) wide, 5 flat-edged lobes; moderately scented. Color strong purplish red (63A) with yellowish white ribs in bud, the dorsal lobe opening white with strong purplish red (63B) margins and a vivid yellow (15A) blotch in the center; other lobes are strong purplish red (63B) inside; outside strong purplish pink (62A) randomly flushed with vivid purplish pink (N66B); style moderate purplish pink (62B); filaments light purplish pink (62C); stigma grayish reddish purple (N77C). Calyx lobes c 0.2" (5mm) long, brilliant yellow green (142B). Truss 2.5" (65mm) high x 4" (100mm) wide. Leaves 2.5" x 1.4" (65 x 35mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate yellow green (138C) above, moderate yellow green (138B) below, with white to greenish white hairs along leaf margins, sparse on blade above, many on mid vein below. Shrub 4' (1.2m) tall x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). Early June.

(r) 'Shelia Gay':  Elepidote rhododendron: (R. maximum x 'Mary Garrison'*) (s) X ['Caroline' (Gable) x ('King of Shrubs' x 'Crest')]. H Grown from ARS Seed Exchange Lot 93-677, hybridized by Max E Byrkit, Hagerstown, MD; G (2000), N (2005), and REG (2005): Jeffrey D. Hooper, Uniontown, OH. Fls 10-15/flat to slightly lax truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.4" (60mm) long x 3.8" (95mm) wide, with 5(-6) wavy-edged lobes. Color strong purplish red (60D) in bud, opening inside very light purple (75C), the throat flushed pale yellow (11D) with a deep to moderate red (185A-B) blotch at the base; outside light purplish pink (62C), the midribs slightly darker; the dorsal lobe has a narrow, dark reddish orange (175C) flare with strong orange yellow (163B) speckles; pedicels wine red. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, apple green. Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6.5" x 1.8" (165 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; dull and dark olive green above; hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5.7' (1.7m) wide in c 12 years; intermediate habit; lower branches decumbent. Plant and bud hardy to at least -15F (-26C). Late (about 1 June). [Hybridizer information added. - mod 06/2017, ref]

(r) 'Silent Angel':  Elepidote rhododendron: R. wardii (s) X 'Purple Splendour'. H (1995): Ben Staab, and G (2005): Billie Staab, Puyallup, WA; N and REG (2005): Jeffrey L. Huisingh, Puyallup, WA. Fls 8/flat truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color deep purplish pink (54B) in bud, opening inside pale purplish pink (55D) with a pale yellow (11C) throat, the yellow color extending upwards along the dorsal lobe; outside strong purplish pink (55B); no spotting. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (2mm) long, brownish orange (166C). Truss 3.2" (80mm) high x 4.5" (115mm) wide. Lvs 3.5" x 1.5" (90 x 40mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137B) above; hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 10 years; intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 5F (-15C). Mid May.

(a) 'Sky Hill Pose':  Evergreen azalea: Parentage uncertain, probably 'Edna Bee' (s) X 'Hahn's Red'*. H (1975), G (c 1980), N, and REG (2005): Frank Furman, Bridgewater, NJ. Fls 1-2/terminal, saucer-shaped, single, semi-double, and double, c 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75m) wide, 5-10 wavy-edged lobes. Color vivid purplish red (57C) at edges, shading to strong purplish red (58C) at center, with a moderate purplish red (58A) dorsal flare. Calyx lobes c 0.2" (5mm) long, green. Spring and summer leaves oblanceolate; spring: 1.5" x 0.8" (40 x 20mm); summer: 1.2" x 0.5" (30 x 13mm). Shrub 1.7' (0.5m) tall x 2.7' (0.8m) wide in 10 years. Plant and bud hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Midseason. (Received numerous ribbons at Princeton Chapter, ARS shows.)

(r) 'Stony Brook':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Voluptuous' (s) X 'Point Defiance'. H (1988), G (1996), N (2004), and REG (2005): Werner Brack, St. James, NY; I (2004): Roslyn Nursery, Dix Hills, NY. Fls 16/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.2" (80mm) wide, with 5-6 wavy-edged lobes. Color vivid red (46C) in bud, opening pale yellowish pink (27D) inside with prominent strong purplish pink (55B) markings on sides of lobes and a brilliant yellow green (154C) flare on three dorsal lobes; outside pale yellowish pink (27D) with light purplish pink (55C) markings. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, light yellow green (154D). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.8" x 2.2" (120 x 55mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above; hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 16 years; intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -5F (-21C). Midseason.

(a) 'Summer Heat': ψ  Deciduous azalea: (R. cumberlandense x R. prunifolium) (s) X R. cumberlandense. H (1984), G (1989), N (2003), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 6-10/dome truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2.2" (55mm) long x 2.5" (65m) wide, 5 flat-edged lobes. Color vivid red (45A) in bud, opening inside vivid red (45B), tinged strong reddish orange (N34B), with an inconspicuous strong red (46A) dorsal blotch; outside vivid reddish orange (N30A) with sparse white hairs along the tube; filaments and style vivid red (46B); stigma moderate yellow green (138B); anthers light yellow (11B). Calyx lobes c 0.2" (5mm) long, light green. Truss 3" (75mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Leaves 2.5" x 2.2" (65 x 55mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, upcurved margins; dull and strong yellow green (143A) above, moderate yellow green (147B) below, with white to greenish white hairs along leaf margins and on mid vein below. Shrub 4' (1.2m) tall x 3' (0.9m) wide in 10 years; open habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least -13F (-25C). Mid to late June.

(r) 'Sun Bonnet':  Elepidote rhododendron: {'Paprika Spiced' x [('C.I.S.' x 'Crest') selfed]} (s) X 'Marie Starks'. H (1988), G (1992), N (2005), and REG (2005): John Winberg, Fall City, WA. Fls 13-14/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 6 wavy-edged lobes. Color strong red (53B) in bud, opening inside light yellow (10B) with a strong red (47B) flare in the throat; outside light yellow (10C). Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 3 years, 5" x 2.5" (125x65mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137A) above; hairless. Shrub 6.7' (2.0m) high x 8' (2.4m) wide in 17 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C); buds, 5F (-15C). Mid April.

(a) 'Sunday Morning': ψ  Deciduous azalea: R. arborescens (s) X R. cumberlandense. H (1986), G (1994), N (2003), and REG (2005): Joseph E. Schild, Jr., Hixson, TN; I (2006): Schild Azalea Gardens & Nursery, Hixson, TN. Fls 6-8/flat truss, tubular funnel-shaped, 2.8" (70mm) long x 2.2" (55m) wide, 5 flat-edged lobes; strongly scented. Color of buds pale yellow (11D) with tube shading to white and a deep pink (47D) tip, opening inside bright white with two prominent, brilliant yellow (7A) blotches on dorsal lobe; outside white, the mid ribs deep pink (47D), and many yellowish white hairs and glandular setae along the tube; style strong red (41B); stigma moderate red (N34A); filaments strong yellowish pink (38A); anthers light orange (26C). Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, yellow green. Truss 2" (50mm) high x 5" (125mm) wide. Leaves 2.5" x 1" (65 x 25mm), obovate, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (137B) above, moderate yellow green (138B) below, with white to yellowish green hairs along leaf margins and on mid vein below. Shrub 3' (0.9m) tall x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 10 years; dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -20F (-29C); buds, -10F (-23C). Early June.

(r) 'Ted's Big Red':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Smokey' (s) X 'Goldsworth Orange'. H (1998): E.T. (Ted) Anderson, Longview, WA; G (2004): David Holcomb, Longview, WA; N (2004) and REG (2005): Betty E. Anderson, Longview, WA. Fls 14-17/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 2.5" (65mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color deep red (185A) in bud, opening deep red (53A) throughout; the dorsal lobe with an inconspicuous, grayish red (184A) blotch. Calyx lobes c 0.5" (13mm) long, deep red (185A). Truss 4.5"-5" (115-125mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4"-5.5" x 1.5"-2.5" (100-140 x 40-65mm), elliptic, acute apex, rounded base, slightly down curved margins,; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above, hairless; new growth strong yellow green (144A). Shrub 3" (0.9m) high x 2.5' (0.75m) wide in 7 years, intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C). Late May.

(r) 'Tony Law':  Elepidote rhododendron. R. brachycarpum (selection known as 'Gable's Yellow' or "Gable's Cream'), selfed. H (c 1970), G and N: Capt. R.M. Steele, Bayport, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada; I: Bayport Plant Farm, same location; REG (2005): John K. Weagle, Halifax, NS, Canada. Fls 26/dome truss, broadly funnel-campanulate, c 1.4" (35mm) long x 2.2"-2.4" (55-60mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color very pale purple (69B) in bud, opening inside pale purplish pink (65D) and fading to greenish white (155C); outside greenish white (l55C) with very pale purple (69B) midribs; two patches of prominent, deep greenish yellow (153A) spots extending upwards from throat to sinuses of dorsal lobe, clearly visible on exterior. Calyx lobes 0.1" (3mm) long. Lvs held 2 years, 8" x 3.4" (200 x 85mm), oblong to oblong-elliptic, convex, center of leaf depressed longitudinally from petiole to about 4/5 of way to tip, sides curved downwards; obtuse to broadly acute tip; base rounded and very slightly oblique; glossy and near moderate yellow green (147B) above, with a very thin coating on underside of lvs (little on midrib). Shrub 15' (4.5m) tall x 11' (3.3m) wide in 35 years; plant habit full in open woodland; very vigorous. Plant and bud hardy to at least -20F (-29C). Early-mid July.

(v) 'Veryl Ann':  Vireya (lepidote) rhododendron: R. laetum aff. (s) X (R. macgregoriae X R. aurigeranum). H (1994), G (1998), N (2005), and REG (2005): R.A. Mitchell, Volcano, HI. Fls tubular funnel-shaped, 7/truss, horizontally disposed, with 5 wavy-edged lobes; corolla 2.2" (55mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide. Color inside and outside light orange (29B) at margins, blending to vivid yellow (17C). Truss 3" (75mm) high X 5.2" (130mm) Wide. Lvs 4" X 2" (100 x 50mm), elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins, lvs V-shaped; semi-glossy and moderate green (135B) above; no scales visible to naked eye. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 5 years, open habit. Plant hardy to a least 40F (4C). December-January.

* The following unregistered names appear as parents in the above descriptions:
'Cheju' - Selection from R. mucronulatum var. taquetii, grown from seed collected on Cheju Island. This is the dwarf form.
'Girard Joshua' - Elepidote rhododendron. H: P.E. Girard: parentage: ('America' x 'Nova Zembla') X ("America' x 'Mars").
'Hahn's Red' - Evergreen azalea (Kurume). R.L. Hahn & Sons; parentage unknown.
'Mary Garrison' - Elepidote rhododendron. H: J.B. Gable; parentage: R. fortunei X R. vernicosum aff. Rock 18139.
'Ringginslinger' - Elepidote rhododendron. H: H.L. Larson; parentage: ('Virginia Scott' x 'Alice Franklin') (s) X R. yakushimanum. (Synonym: 'Rigging Slinger').
ψ Plant will be introduced under the brand name Schild Cumberland Collection TM.


Volume 59, Number 4
Fall 2005

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