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Volume 62, Number 2
Spring 2008

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American Rhododendron Society Plant Registry

Introduction: The following rhododendron and azalea names were approved and added to the International Rhododendron Register prior to February 1, 2008 by the Royal Horticultural Society, International Cultivar Registration Authority for the genus Rhododendron. The North American Registrar assisted the RHS by providing data for plants originating in North America.

References: 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).

Format: Parentage lists the seed parent first, followed by an "(s)" if the direction of the cross is known; this is followed by an upper case "X" and then the name of the pollen parent. 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 dimensions are reported in 5mm (0.2") increments for dimensions greater than 1" (25mm).

(r) 'Brittany's Oso Fine':  Elepidote rhododendron: (['Caucasicum' x ('Fabia' x ['Dido' x 'Lem's Goal'])] x 'Crest') (s) X 'Pridenjoy'. H (1986): Loyd Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; G (1994): Biff Reading, Snowhomish, WA; N (2007) and REG (2007): Chuck Blankenship, Arlington, WA; I (2009): Chuck's Nursery and Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, both Arlington, WA. Fls 9-11/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped; 2" (50mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide; with 6-8 wavy-edged lobes, sometimes overlapping; lightly scented. Color of buds pale yellowish pink (29D) and moderate yellowish pink (31D) with a light yellow (11B) base, opening inside with a brilliant greenish yellow (3B) throat and a brilliant yellow (11A) center edged with a 1" (25mm) wide band of strong pink (49A) and a 0.25" (6mm) outer margin of light yellowish pink (36C); dorsal markings consist of a flare of strong red (46A) speckles; outside base brilliant yellow green (154C), extending 1" (25mm), blending to strong pink (49A) with a narrow edge of light yellowish pink (36C). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 6.5" (165mm) wide. Lvs held 1 year, 2.5"-5" x 1"-3" (65-125 x 25-75mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 4' (1.2m) wide in 7 years; dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 5F (-15C); buds, 15F (-9C). Early May.

(r) 'Dancing Embers':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Lem's Tangerine' (s) X 'Fiery Orange'. H (1998), G (2003), N (2007), and REG (2008): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 13/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color vivid red (45A) in bud, opening inside strong red (39A) at margins, blending to pale orange yellow (16D) in the throat; outside strong red (39A) at margins, blending to pale orange yellow (16D) towards base; two moderate reddish orange (42D) flares on dorsal lobe, 1.5" (40mm) from base. Calyx lobes 1.8" (45mm) long, strong red (39A) blending with pale orange yellow (16D), with three flares moderate reddish orange (42D), c 0.5" (15mm) from base. Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 5.5" (140mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.3" x 1.5" (110 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 3' (0.9m) wide in 8 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April.

(r) 'First Impression':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Independence Day' (s) X 'Mrs Furnivall'. H (1994), G (1999), N (2007), and REG (2008): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA; I (2006): Nelson Nursery, Sedro Woolley, WA. Fls 21/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color light purplish pink (62C) in bud, opening inside yellowish white (155D), lightly tinged moderate purplish pink (62B) on margins; outside yellowish white (155D) with midribs of dorsal lobe moderate purplish pink (62B) and outer edges moderate purplish pink (62B); with a large, prominent flare of strong purplish red (60B) spots, mainly on dorsal lobe, extending 1.4" (40mm) upwards from base. Calyx lobes 0.4" (10mm) long, yellowish white (155D), edged moderate purplish pink (62B). Truss 5.8" (145mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 2" (125x50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 6' (1.8m) wide in 12 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Mid May.

R. 'First Impression'
'First Impression'
Photo by Jim Barlup

(r) 'Forest Lane':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Nancy Evans' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo''. H (1992), G (1997), N (2000), and REG (2008): Ken Jones, Fort Bragg, CA; I (2009): Forest Lane Nursery, Fort Bragg, CA. Fls 18-25/dome truss, funnel-campanulate, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color moderate red (180C) in bud, opening inside light yellow (18B) with vivid reddish orange (30B) dorsal spotting; outside light yellow (18B) flushed with strong yellowish pink (32D). Calyx lobes 1" (25mm) long, light yellow (14D) tipped with strong reddish orange (32B). Truss 4.5" (115mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5" x 2" (125 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, down-curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in 10 years; intermediate habit. Plant and bud hardy to at least 24F (-4C). Mid May. (Awards: Noyo Chapter ARS Shows: (1) Best seedling when first shown in 2000; (2) Best in Show, 2007)

(r) 'Grand Recital':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Mindy's Love' (s) X 'Jessie's Song'. H (1999), N (2007), and REG (2008): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA; G (2006): John Winberg, Fall City, WA. Fls 25/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.8" (95mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color strong pink (48C) in bud, opening inside and out pale greenish yellow (10D) with light yellow (10C) veining on three dorsal lobes; with two speckled flares of deep purplish red (59B), extending upwards 1" (25mm) from base, on dorsal lobe. Calyx lobes irregular, 0.5 to 1.5" (13-40mm) long, pale greenish yellow (10D) to light yellow (10C) with deep purplish red (59B) flares O.5-1" (13-25mm) long. Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.3" x 2.5" (135 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 3' (0.9m) high x 3.5' (1.1m) wide in 6 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 5F (-15C). Late April.

R. 'Grand Recital'
'Grand Recital'
Photo by Jim Barlup

(a) 'Isabella Maria':  Evergreen azalea: ''Carol Kittel' (s) X 'Girard's Fuchsia'. H (1998), G (2000), N (2007), and REG(2008): Joseph Klimavicz, Vienna, VA. Fls 3/terminal, saucer-shaped; corolla 1.5" (40mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color strong to light purple (N80B-C) in bud, opening inside white with broad, strong to light purple (N80B-C) margins and slight dorsal spotting of the same color; outside strong to light purple (N80B-C). Calyx lobes 0.25" (6mm) long, moderate yellow green (138B). Lvs 2" x 0.8" (50 x 20mm), obovate, obtuse apex, cuneate base, flat margins; glossy and moderate olive green (146A) above; hairless. Shrub 1.5' (0.45m) tall x 1.5' (0.45m) wide in 5 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to 0F (-18C). Mid May.

R. 'Isabella Maria'
'Isabella Maria'
Photo by Joseph Klimavicz

(a) 'James Scott':  Evergreen azalea: 'Mary Ellen Thomsen' (s) X 'Florence Waldman'*. H (1997), G (1999), N (2007), and REG (2008): Joseph Klimavicz, Vienna, VA. Fls 2-3/terminal, saucer-shaped, hose-in-hose and double; corolla 1.2" (30mm) long x 2" (50mm) wide, with 19-24 wavy-edged lobes. Color of buds white with sectors and flecks of deep purplish pink (N74C), opening inside and out white with many deep purplish pink (N74C) sectors and flecks, the throat pale yellow green (157B). No green calyx present. Lvs 1.2" x 0.5" (30 x 13mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; glossy and moderate olive green (146A) above; hairless. Shrub 1.5' (0.45m) tall x 1.5' (0.45m) wide in 5 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to 0F (-18C). Mid May.

R. 'James Scott'
'James Scott'
Photo by Joseph Klimavicz

(r) 'Jessie E. Lewis':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Anna' (s) X ('Holy Moses'* x 'Albatross'). H (1981): Edna Newcomb, Snohomish, WA; G (1985): Loyd and Edna Newcomb, Snowhomish, WA; N (2007) and REG (2007): Chuck Blankenship, Arlington, WA; I (2009): Chuck's Nursery and Hammond's Acres of Rhodys, both Arlington, WA. Fls 10-13/ball truss, openly funnel-shaped; 2.8"-3" (70-75mm) long x 4.8"-5.8" (120-145mm) wide; with 7 wavy- and frilly-edged lobes; strongly scented. Color strong purplish red (58B) in bud, opening inside strong purplish pink (63C) at margin, changing to pale purplish pink (62D) towards center, with a moderate purplish red (59A) basal blotch surrounded by a continuous, strong red flare radiating about 1" (25mm) into all lobes; outside strong purplish pink (63C). Calyx lobes less than 0.1" (c 2mm) long, vivid red (45A). Truss 7" (175mm) high x 8" (200mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.5"-6.5" x 2"-2.5" (115-165 x 50-65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 5' (1.5m) high x 6.5' (2m) wide in 10 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 10F (-12C); buds, 15F (-9C). Early May.

R. 'Jessie E. Lewis'
'Jessie E. Lewis'
Photo by Chuck Blankenship

(r) 'Lavender Satin':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Jonathan Shaw' (s) X 'Plum High''. H (2000), G (2004), N (2007), and REG (2008): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 18/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3.25" (80mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color moderate purplish red (70A) in bud, opening inside very pale purple (76D) in center, shading to very light purple (76B) and growing darker on lobe tips from light purple (77C) on ventral lobes to strong purple (77B) on margins of dorsal lobes, with a large, heavily spotted, moderate red (183C) dorsal flare extending 1.5" (40mm) from the base; outside very light purple (76B) with strong purple (77B) mid veins and margins. Truss 6" (150mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.9" x 2" (120 x 50mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 2' (0.6m) high x 3' (0.9m) wide in 6 years; dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late May.

R. 'Lavender Satin'
'Lavender Satin'
Photo by Jim Barlup

(a) 'Nancy Lynn':  Evergreen azalea: 'Mrs. Nancy Dippel' (s) X 'Florence Waldman'*. H (1997), G (1999), N (2007), and REG (2008): Joseph Klimavicz, Vienna, VA. Fls 2/terminal, saucer-shaped, hose-in-hose and fully double, no pistil present; corolla 1.2" (30mm) long x 2.2" (55mm) wide, with 19 frilly-edged lobes. Color of buds yellowish white (155D) with sectors and flecks of deep purplish pink (N74C). Corolla opening inside yellowish white (155D) with deep purplish pink (N74C) sectors and flecks, and slight spotting of light yellow green (145C-D), the throat pale greenish yellow (1D); outside similar. No green calyx present. Lvs 1.8" x 0.8" (45x20mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; glossy and strong yellow green (144A) above; hairless. Shrub 1.5' (0.45m) tall x 1.5' (0.45m) wide in 5 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to 0F (-18C). Mid May.

R. 'Nancy Lynn'
'Nancy Lynn'
Photo by Joseph Klimavicz

(r) 'North Wind':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Scintillation' (s) X 'Snow Candle''. H (1996), G (2001), N (2007), and REG (2008): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 15/ball truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 2.5" (65mm) long x 3.5" (90mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color light purple (75A) in bud, opening inside very pale purple (69D) with strong reddish purple (70B) veins extending 1" (25mm) from center on all lobes, and tinged very pale purple (69A) along mid veins extending for 1.5" (40mm); outside very pale purple (69D) with strong reddish purple (70B) mid veins; prominent, deep red (185A), dorsal flare, 0.5" (c 15mm) wide and solid for lower 1" (25mm), with concentrated spotting extending another 0.8" (20mm). Truss 5.5" (140mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 6" x 2.5" (150 x 65mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, upcurved margins; semi-glossy and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 4' (1.2m) high x 5' (1.5m) wide in 10 years; intermediate habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April.

R. 'North Wind'
'North Wind'
Photo by Jim Barlup

(a) 'Patsy's Pink':  Deciduous azalea: R. colemanii (s) X 'Gibraltar'. H(1987), N (2007), and REG (2007): R. Oneal Smitherman, Auburn, AL; G (1992): Tom E. Corley, Auburn, AL. Fls 12-14/dome or ball truss, openly funnel-shaped, with exserted stamens and pistil; 2" (50mm) long x 2.25" (55mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes. Color deep purplish pink (66C) in bud, opening the same color throughout, with a prominent blotch of strong orange (24A) in the lower central portion of the dorsal lobe. Terminal inflorescence 3" high x 5" wide (75 x 125mm) for dome-shaped trusses to 5" high x 5" wide (125 x 125mm) for ball-shaped trusses. Calyx lobes c 0.1" (3mm) long, moderate yellow green (138C). Lvs 2.25"-2.5" x 1.25"-1.5" (55-65 x 30-40mm), elliptic, acute apex, cuneate base, flat margins; glossy and moderate olive green (137B) above; with sparse hairs on underside of lvs along midvein. Shrub 7' (2.1m) high x 8' (2.4m) wide in 20 years; intermediate habit. Plant and buds hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Mid April to early May. (Note: R. colemanii is a newly introduced species; the form used here has white flowers with a yellow blotch.)

(r) 'Pink Palette':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Anna' (s) X 'Ken Janeck'. H (1979), G (1985), N (2006), and REG (2008): Robert Furman, Brewster, MA. Fls 15/dome truss, funnel-shaped, 2" (50mm) long x 3" (75mm) wide, with 5 frilly-edged lobes; long-lasting and of good substance. Color moderate red (47A) in bud, opening inside deep pink (52C) at margins shading to yellowish white (155D) towards center, with strong red (46A) dorsal spotting; outside deep purplish pink (54B). Truss 6.5" (165mm) high x 7" (175mm) wide. Lvs held 2.5 years, 4"-6" x 1.5"-2.2" (100-150 x 40-55mm), elliptic, obtuse apex, cuneate base, flat margins; semi-glossy and dark green above; with white hairy indumentum on underside of lvs when mature. Shrub 9' (2.7m) high x 9' (2.7m) wide in 25 years; dense habit. Plant hardy to at least -10F (-23C); buds, -6F (-21C). Mid season. (Awards, MA Chapter, ARS Truss Show (1987): (1) Best-in-Show; (2) Best R. yakushimanum hybrid; (3) Best New Hybrid.)

(r) 'Sunset Dreams':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Amber Touch' (s) X 'Rio'. H (1996), G (2001), N (2006), and REG (2008): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 14/dome truss, openly funnel-shaped, 2.3" (60mm) long x 3.3" (85mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color deep pink (51B) in bud, opening inside light pink (49C) with a deeper shade of light pink (50D) on tips of lobes and a flare of light yellowish pink (26D base on the three dorsal lobes; outside light pink (50D) with deep pink (50B) midribs extending to edge of corolla, and a blend of light yellowish pink (26D) and light pink (50D) extending 1.5" (40mm) from base on dorsal lobes between midribs; fine, strong red (53D) spotting on dorsal lobes extending 1.5" (40mm) from base. Truss 5" (125mm) high x 6" (150mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 5.5" x 1.8" (140 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, cuneate base, down-curved margins; dull and moderate olive green (147A) above; hairless. Shrub 2.2' (0.7m) high x 3.3' (1.0m) wide in 10 years; dense habit. Plant hardy to at least 0F (-18C). Late April.

(r) 'Sun Song':  Elepidote rhododendron: 'Invitation' (s) X 'Cupcake'. H (1999), G (2003), N (2007), and REG (2008): Jim Barlup, Bellevue, WA. Fls 15/dome truss, broadly funnel-shaped, 1.8" (45mm) long x 2.3" (60mm) wide, with 5 wavy-edged lobes. Color deep yellowish pink (43C) in bud, opening inside light greenish yellow (4C) fading to pale yellow green (4D) at edge of corolla, and with slight tinge of deep pink (47D) on tips of three dorsal lobes; outside light greenish yellow (4C) fading to pale yellow green (4D) at edge of corolla; a few strong red (53D) spots on dorsal lobe extending 1.3"(35mm) from base. Calyx lobes 1.3" (35mm) long, light greenish yellow (4C) edged deep pink (47D). Truss 4" (100mm) high x 5.4" (135mm) wide. Lvs held 2 years, 4.3" x 1.8" (110 x 45mm), elliptic, broadly acute apex, rounded base, flat margins; semi-glossy 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 5F (-15C). Late April.

(a) 'Thaissa':  Evergreen azalea: ''Carol Kittel' (s) X 'Good Times'*. H (1999), G (2001), N (2007), and REG (2008): Joseph Klimavicz, Vienna, VA. Fls 3/terminal, saucer-shaped, hose-in-hose and semi-double; corolla 1" (25mm) long x 1.5" (40mm) wide, with 17 wavy-edged lobes. Color strong to light purple (N80B-C) in bud, opening inside white shading to light purple (N80D) on lobe edges; outside strong to light purple (N80B-C); unmarked. Calyx lobes c0.15" (4mm) long, moderate yellow green (138B). Lvs 2" x 0.8" (50 x 20mm), obovate, obtuse apex, cuneate base, flat margins; glossy and moderate olive green (146A) above; hairless. Shrub 1.5' (0.45m) tall x 1.5' (0.45m) wide in 5 years, dense habit. Plant and bud hardy to 0F (-18C). Mid May.

R. 'Thaissa'
'Thaissa'
Photo by Joseph Klimavicz

* The following unregistered names appear as parents in the above descriptions:
'Florence Waldman':  evergreen azalea; parentage: ('Glacier' x 'Eri') X 'Anna Kehr'; G: Roslyn Nursery
'Good Times':  evergreen azalea; parentage close to R. kiusianum; R: unknown
'Holy Moses':  elepidote rhododendron; parentage uncertain; R (pre 1976): H. Lem


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