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John & Sally's Favorite Rhododendrons
ARS Massachusetts Chapter

by John & Sally Perkins

Rhododendron semibarbatum
Picture by S & J Perkins
Rhododendron semibarbatum growing in Salem, New Hampshire

Since 1985, we have attempted to grow more than 500 different cultivars of rhododendron, of which more than 350 have flowered. Of those that have flowered and we have grown for at least 5 years, the following have done the best in our garden:

Small Leaf (lepidotes)
'April White' 'Dora Amateis' 'Ginny Gee' 'Manitou'
'Mary Fleming' 'Myrtifolium' 'Southland' dauricum 'Delp's dwarf'
keiskei var. cordifolia minus grp. carolinianum mucronulatum  'Cornell Pink' mucronulatum  'Crater's Edge'

Notes on lepidotes

Large Leaf (elepidotes)
'Anna H. Hall' 'Crete' 'Golden Gala' 'Hello Dolly'
'Henry's Red' 'Percy Wiseman' aureum X yakushimanum [Berg] brachycarpum var. tigerstedtii
degronianum var. tsukushimanium yakushimanum dwarf yakushimanum 'Mist Maiden'

Deciduous Azaleas
'Golden Lights' 'Keowee Sunset' 'Marydel'
'My Mary' 'Snowbird' cumberlandense 'Camp's Red'
flammeum 'Hazel Hamilton' vaseyi viscosum'Betty Cummins'

Evergreen Azaleas
'Holly's Late Pink' 'Michael Hill' kaempferi
kiusianum yeodense var. poukhanense semibarbatum

Some thoughts on evergreen azaleas

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