Named Rhodo Hybrids in the Garden

I have not been an avid collector of hybrid rhododendrons, but over the years have accumulated many named plants, some of which have become quite rare. Cultivars fall out of favor and nurserymen stop propagating them. Of the thousands of named cultivars, only a tiny number are available to the very interested grower and only about 30 or so cultivars are available to the general gardening public. Just go to your local nursery and see how many rhododendron cultivars he has available.
Here is the list of the named  hybrids in the garden: This is not a complete list.  Go the end of the pictures and you will find a table with all the hybrids without pictures.
Acclaim

Acclaim

Acclaim  a very good, large red with a perfect truss form.Very leggy. Color in picture is not exact. Root cuttings with 4% IBA hormone. A Dexter hybrid.
Accomplishment A Hardgrove hybrid named by Dory Royce.  I am not sure if I still have it.

Adelle Lovitt

Adele Lovett – A hybrid of Nat Hess. Named for an old friend of Nat’s. ‘Cavalcade’ x hardy fortunei.  ‘Cavalcade’ is (‘Essex Scarlet’ x griersonianum). 11/2014:  Good color for a plant half fortunei.  Flower is a good size too.  I should cross it with a red.
America

America

America A very nice red. Blooms a little late, but still worth having.
 
Andy Paton

Andy Paton

Andy Paton A Bob Furman cross of ‘Scintillation’ x calophytum.  Very early bloomer with large leaves.  Those interested in large leaved hybrids could start off crossing this with some of the large leaved species.
 Anna  This is a very interesting and important plant.  It has been the parent of many important West coast hybrids.  I think it is a grex.  I don’t know which ‘ANNA’ I have. I have Anna x yak which got damaged in the winter of 2013/2014. 11/2014; My Anna x yak will not take pollen.  Halfdan Lem said that Anna will only take pollen after the corolla has dropped, so perhaps the same applies to the Anna x yak.
Anna x Mariness Koster

Anna x Mariness Koster

Anna x Mariness Koster  Nat Hess said that he got this from H. Lem on the West Coast.  I don’t know if Nat got seed from Lem or a cutting from a named clone.  Not very hardy, but when it blooms, wow.

Anna x yak

Anna x yak

Anna x yak – This the better of the two plants I have of this cross.  Both plants came from the west coast. This one has very good plant habit but is a shy bloomer.  Flower looks like Anna I think.  Very reluctant to take pollen.

Ananouri x Howard Kuhn

Ananouri x Howard Kuhn– ‘Howard Kuhn’ is– metternichii v. tsukushiam x (yak#6 x haemaleum).   Annanouri’ – is a registered Phipps hybrid that is pure red but leggy and not a good doer. Registered as (‘Britannia’ x discolor) but I think it is (‘Britannia’ x ‘Mars’) or ‘Mars’ selfed.  It is so very red that I can’t believe it is half discolor.  Also the plant looks and behaves a lot like ‘Mars’. Howard Kuhn had made this cross, later named ‘Howard Kuhn’, and the seedling was doing poorly, so he put it in Jack Rosenthal’s rhododendron hospital in intensive care.  Jack got it to live and bloom.  George Woodard crossed it onto Annanouri. Werner Brack now has the plant of ‘Howard Kuhn’ and he gave me some cuttings two years ago which I rooted.  Would you believe one of them has a bud for 2015? (It fall bloomed with no pollen).   I plan to use the pollen with yak x red hybrids to see if I can get the elusive dwarf, hardy, indumented red.  

8/30/15:  The buds blasted over last winter.  With great interest it is in bloom right now!  That is the good news, the bad news is that the flowers are small and the color is poor.  I hope that at normal bloom time the color and flower size is better.

Anne Hardgrove

Anne Hardgrove

Anne Hardgrove – ‘C. P.Raphill’ x ‘Moser’s Maroon’ a spectacular red flower, late blooming but a very bad plant habit and very badly damaged winter 2014/2015.
Banana Flip – I’ve never seen it bloom.

Beatrice Hyde

Beatrice Hyde

Beatrice Hyde

Beatrice Hyde My cross, named for my mother. White muchronulatum x white dauricum.  I grew the white muchronulatum from seed  from Gus Mehlquist and the white dauricum was a plant Sid Burns had gotten from Guy Nearing.

Ben Mosley A good foliage plant with a mauve flower.  Gets to be a major plant in the garden.

Betty Hume A very nice pink Dexter plant.
 
Blue Cloud – A Nat Hess hybrid,  I don’t know its background.  Very large plant. I only grow it as a remembrance of Nat.
 
Blue Yak – Flat leaves with a blue-green color. Sid Burns plant. Heavy indumentum. NOT a good doer.  I don’t think I still have the plant.
 
Brandywine – One of the Guyencourt hybrids of Guy Nearing.  Lepidote.
Brookville One of the two hybrids of Howard Phipps crosses of Westbury x Meadowbrook done in 1935.  Designated as noteworthy by the Dexter Committee in 1951. . Propagated by Paul Vosburg.
 
Busy Bee- Beautiful, dense little plant covered with flowers in the spring.

carolinianum x augustinei –  I got this plant from Sid Burns.  I am not sure where he got it from but it might have been Hardgrove. It is quite hardy.

Carolina Rose-  One of the strong lepidote hybrids that will set seed, but I don’t see many using it.

Catwalk – AKA Phipps 27.  A Dexter seedling at the Phipps garden. Very fragrant, Pink/Yellow. Knockout plant.The Dexter Committee designated it “HP7” back in the late 1940s-early 1950s.
Hardgrove's Cerise Edge

Hardgrove’s Cerise Edge

Cerise Edge – Hardgrove’s description of plant: “Probably catawbeinse compactum x ‘Venator’. Low, dense plant, dark green foliage which the insects do not seem to like. Color very unique. A clear light yellow with an edging of bright cerise-pink.” H59-2.  I think I lost the plant.

Charmont

Chaumont  A hybrid from Hochmann in Germany.  A knockout flower. Plant habit not very good.
 
Cinnamon Bear A great indumented dwarf plant.  I’ve not seen it bloom.
 
County Of York – A gross plant but is wonderful understock for grafting. Also called “Catalode”. ‘Catawbiense album’ x ‘Lodri King George’.  Could be the starting point for those who want a large leaved hybrid.  I do not think it is attractive.  It roots very easily and can be used as understock.
Consolini's Windmill

Consolini’s Windmill

Consolini’s Windmill  A beautiful bi-color from Tony Consolini. A “must have” in every garden.

David Gable – Everyone should grow this plant.It blooms unfailingly every year with a perfect, large pink truss.

Debutant – yak x ‘Mars’. Bob Robbins made the cross. Very nice plant, but pink. Slight tomentum on the top of the leaf, but no indumentum. Can’t be registered as there is a registered azalea with the same name.

degronianum PF

degronianum PF

degronianum PF This is the plant that Planting Fields purchased from Don Hardgrove in 1964.  I don’t know where Hardgrove got the seed.  It makes a beautiful plant.
 

Dexter Pink #1 – A selection of Paul Vossberg. In the 1960’s a very desirable plant. Now there are other Dexter pinks that surpass it.

Dexter Spice

Dexter Spice

Dexter Spice – A Dexter plant with a spice fragrance. Very large white.  Open growing and becomes a large plant.  There are a lot of better whites.  Very difficult to root, mine is a grafted plant.
 Director Hjelm
 
Donna Hardgrove – Hardgrove’s most intense yellow/orange. I don’t consider is very ornamental in the garden. Easy to root. In 1964 Hardgrove wrote of this plant: “Before buds start to open, it is red and when the flower first opens it is apricot-pink. Then as the flower opens fully, it is orange. On the same truss you will have all of these colors at once.” As you can see, Hardgrove thought highly of it. Hardgrove later said that it was his best hybrid.
 

Dora Amateis – The best of the Amateis hybrids. Very hardy white lepidote. Sterile. Sid Burns bought the plant from Bill Effinger, a nurseryman who became ill and couldn’t continue on with it. Sid propagated it like crazy. (It roots very easily.) All the plants you see of it are propagations of Sid’s plants. In full sun will get lace wing fly. In old age (25 – 30 years) it will tend to be a ground cover. Very hardy. Some people think that there are three clones of the cross all called ‘Dora Amateis’. Sid began to think so too. Hot plant in the 70’s, but you don’t see it too much anymore.

Dorothy Russell

Dorothy Russell

 
Dorothy Russell – Quite a nice Dexter red. Gets to be large. Damaged quite badly in winter of 03-04. (-1 degree F). Badly damaged winter of ’10/’11.
Dorothy Schlaijker – Nat Hess named this for a lovely lady and past President of the NY Chapter ARS. I have never seen it bloom. My plant is very small and not doing well.
Dumper Yellow

Dumper Yellow

 
Dumper Yellow – Henry Dumper got seed from Wisley of fortunei and grew them on. In those days, Wisley sent out open pollinated seed as the true species. This is obviously a hybrid as it is NOT fragrant. It has given some good yellow hybrids. Very difficult to root and really not a good doer.
 

Edgemont

Elli Green

Elli Green

Elli Green 
 
Erchless – Named by Howard Phipps. fortune x ‘Mrs Furnivill’ . Very leggy. Flower is terrific. It is the name of a castle in Scotland.
Erchelss x Purple Splendour

Erchelss x Purple Splendour

Erchless x Purple Splendour – A George Woodard hybrid with a nice rich color but gets to be VERY open growing.

Fantastica

Fantastica

Fantistica – A knockout Hochmann hybrid but tends to become open growing. It is a Mars hybrid and it has some of the Mars miseries. 4/2015: I have seen on the internet that if you cut off the plant 15 – 18 inches from the ground the stump will form new shoots that give you a rounded plant.

Francesca – A very large blue-red hybrid which will knock the socks off non-rhododendron specialists. Plant gets enormous, but when covered with these red flowers will certainly catch your eye. Very easy to root. My hybrids of it are blued red flowers and not good.
 
Gate Cream – This is a plant that I have. Not the ‘Gate Cream’ from Heritage Plantation. This plant is from the Collins collection at Planting Fields. Cream color, fragrant. (Judge Collins was an early collector of Dexter hybrids). He eventually sold his land to Nassau County as a park, Takapausha Preserve, and sold most of his Dexter plants to Mr. Coe at Planting Fields. Some of his rhododendrons were also moved to Eisenhower Park. I’ve used this in hybridizing and gotten some nice plants.
Gertrude Saxe

Gertrude Saxe

 
Gertrude Saxe – Named after my Aunt Gert. My hybrid.  Pink Carolina x pink muchronulatum . Blooms in early May. Is very hardy for me. My plant is about 12′ across.
 
Gibralter
 

GiGi – A Dexter red with black spots. Growing in the Ross garden as Ross GG. Thus its name. A very good-doer in the garden. Gets to be very large. Easy to root.

GiGi x degroniam PF

GiGi x degroniam PF

GiGI x degronianum PF

Ginny Gee

Ginny Gee

 

 
Ginny Gee – Warren Berg’s plant. Terrific for the small garden. Perfectly hardy for me.
 
 
 

Glenalden

Glow Light

Glow Light

 

 
Glowlight – One of Hardgrove’s best crosses. An intense yellow. Mentioned in article in the Summer, 2003 issue of the Quarterly. Hardy fortunei x Fabia. Hardgrove wrote the following description of the plant: “The closest to orange from a distance. A blend of salmon and yellow but a bright color not the usual pastel. Actually glows. 13 flowered truss. Very fine. H60-4. Sid Burns purchased this plant from Hardgrove in 1964 but for some reason didn’t do much with it. Seems to be quite hardy for me. Picture color is not correct.

Katarina (yak x Azor)?

Golden Star

Golden Star

 
Golden Star – Hardgrove yellow. Good color but leggy plant. Dies back a lot. Hardy fortunei x croceum. Hardgrove wrote about this plant: “This is the deepest yellow of any of this cross. Flowers of fine modelling with a chartreuse colored throat marking. Very good foliage. Flowers about 3 1/2″ across, 8 to the truss 16 stamins.” The color of this plant compares favorably with any of the modern yellows. Its biggest drawback is its leggy growth. Roots easily. Two very large plants were killed winter of 10/11. Sometimes will give fall flowers.
 
Golfer – My plant is only 2 or 3 years old, but it is obviously going to be a great, dwarf, indumented plant.
 
Gomer Waterer – Reported to throw polyploid seedlings. Open pollinated seed should be grown. I have never gotten pollen to take on it nor have I ever seen seed on it. It is a triploid.
 
Great Scott
 
Halolite – Hardgrove cross. Hardy fortunei x (wardii x dichroanthum). Hardgrove describes: “Yellow with wide edge of soft salmon pink. Lovely. Very floriferous.” H58-14,  Very large plant killed winter of 2013/2014.
 
Hardgrove 58-6 – Hardy fortunei x (wardii x dichroanthum). In 1958 Hargrove wrote about this plant: “Yellow blended orange-yellow. Fine textured, front facing flowers, over 3″ across. Very floriferous and a vigorous grower. Possible the most beautiful thing yet.” Original plant was sold to Planting Fields in 1964.
 
Hardgrove 64-1: – ((catawbiense compactum x (lacteum x ‘Mary Swaithling’)) x (campylocarpum x ‘Penjerrick’) In 1964 Hardgrove said of this plant: “5 lobes, tawny gold, good depth of color, floriferous, opens slowly”. This is quite yellow but the flowers and truss  somewhat small.  Flowers are 2″ across.

Hardgrove’s White

 

Hardgrove White – Dory Royce got this plant from Hardgrove in 1964.  A very good white. I don’t know is background. Complete blast winter of 2013/2014

Harold Amateis

Harold Amateis

 

Harold Amateis – A very fine red, but a shy bloomer and open growing. maximum x strigilosum if you believe it, I don’t.

Helen Everitt – Wonderful white but almost never opens a full truss. 1 or 2 pips are always winter killed. A wonderful story behind this plant: Henry Fuller’s daughter worked for a florist and helped with the flowers at the wedding of one of Sam Everitt’s daughters. Sam was so happy with the flowers, that he gave a little unbloomed potted Dexter seedling to Henry’s daughter. She didn’t know what to do with it so she gave it to her father. Henry near fell over when he saw it bloom and entered it in the New York Rhododendron Society show where it was a knock-out. After the show, Sid Burns took the entry home and stuck it in his propagating frame. Out of dumb luck it rooted. He could never root it again!! I tried rooting it with 4% IBA in early February and it worked. My plant is about 10′ wide.

Horizon Monarch

Horizon Monarch

Horizon Monarch  West coast plant that seems to do well for me.  Quite a truss.

HP31

HP31

HP31 – The Dexter committee numbered this Dexter hybrid in Howard Phipps’ garden.  At the time it was considered a great yellow. (The color in the picture is off a little.) Now it doesn’t compare to modern yellows.

hyperythrum x Martha Phipps

hyperythrum x Martha Phipps

hyperythrum x Martha Phipps George Woodard has two selected seedlings of this cross.  This is the one selected for good plant habit.  Blooms very early in May.

The Honorable Jean Marie de Montegue

The Honorable Jean Marie de Montegue

Jean Marie – Fairly hardy for me. I have a tough time getting pollen to take on it. Historically, has thrown some fantastic seedlings. I try every year.

Jean Marie Tetra

Jean Marie Tetra

 

Jean Marie Tetra – From the West Coast. A knock out when in bloom.  It sure has thick leaves and stems. Pink, not red.

Josephine Everitt

Josephine Everitt

Joshephine Everitt – A pink Dexter plant found on the Everitt estate.  Gets very open growing.  Not worth it.
 
Katarina

Katarina

Katarina (yak x Azor)?

Katarina (yak x Azor)?

Katarina – Nice salmon pink. Ray Kruse hybrid. Not registered. Ray told me the cross, (yak x ‘Azor’) but I didn’t believe him. Too much color for that cross.

Kathryn Roboul – spinuliferum x racemosum F2 hybrid from Hardgrove. Not much unless you love lepidotes then it is quite nice.

Ken Janek

Ken Janek

 
Ken Jannek – Heavy indumentum. Strong roots. Light pink flower. Quite hardy. Gets to be major plant in the garden.
 
La Bar’s White – An important historical plant, but not very ornamental. Very leggy. Was much in demand when many were making catawbiense crosses. It is a pure white cultivar of catawbiense that has no lavender in it at all. Was supposed to impart hardyness and no color in its offspring. Discovered by Russell Harmon of La Bar’s Nursery in Straudsberg, Pa. somewhere where catawbiense grows. I don’t know if I have ever seen a hybrid registered with this in its background. Will not root, must be grafted, layered or tissue cultured.  Not worth growing.
 

Lady Alice Fitzwilliam – A lovely old cultivar. Pink. Blooms very late in the season.

Lady L

Lady L

Lady L – A Dexter red with black spots on the flower from the Ross garden. Known as Ross L. Thus the name. Sid Burns introduced this.  Gets to be major plant in the garden.

Mac Kinnon's Favorite

Mac Kinnon’s Favorite

 
Mac Kinnon’s Favorite – A Dexter seedling growing at the Phipps Estate. Rock hardy, beautiful pink. About 15′ high now but not open growing. Spectacular every spring. Just a great garden plant. Named after Ewen Mac Kinnon, the estate superintendent at the Phipps garden who admired the plant every spring. Not registered.

Margolit

 

Margolit – A Nat Hess plant. Nat told me two stories about this plant at different times. Once he said he made the cross of ‘Cavalcade’ x Hardy fortunei. Then later, he said the seed came from Hafdem Lem and he didn’t know its background. (Nat got a lot of seed from Lem.) It is flesh colored, perfect sphere of a truss and hardy to +5 F. It is the Hebrew spelling of Nat’s wife’s first name Margaret.

Markeeta's Flame

Markeeta’s Flame

Markeeta’s Flame – A west coast super red. Seems to do well for me.

Mars – 100 years old and still a terrific red but not a good doer in the garden. Weak roots and leggy growth.  But the flower!!!!!!!
 
Mary Fleming – Guy Nearing hybrid named in honor a wonderful lady at the New York Botanic Garden.
 
Marybelle – One of Joe Gable’s nicest hybrids.

Meadowbrook

 
 
Meadowbrook – ‘Mrs. C. S. Sargent’ x ‘Pink Everestineanum’. Paul Vossberg hybrid. Paul was always insistent that you said ‘Pink Everestineanum’ not just ‘Everestineanum’ when you spoke of the parents of ‘Meadowbrook’. In the late 1920’s, Clem Bowers was making a lot of ironclad crosses at Hicks Nursery where Paul Vossberg worked. Paul decided to copy a Bowers cross of ‘Mrs. C. S. Sargent’ x ‘Everestineanum’ but used the pink form of ‘Everestineanum” instead of the ironclad form that Clem used. The pink form has a pubescent overy and the ironclad form has a glabrous overy, was lavender and was used in ‘Roslyn’ . Paul told me that there were only three good seedlings in the group of 85 seedlings of the cross and he named the best of the lot ‘Meadowbrook’ . (Somewhere on the site, if I ever get to it, is, or will be, a history of cultivated rhododendrons on Long Island.)
 
Mist Maiden – David Leach’s yakushimanum or yakushimanum hybrid. Is very nice, especially when it gets old.
 
Mr. W. R. Coe – Dexter plant found on the Parker Estate.
 

Mrs. W.R. Coe – Dexter plant found on the Parker Estate.

Mrs. Howard Phipps

Mrs. Howard Phipps – (‘Mars’ x ‘Naomi’) x ‘Naomi’  A very large knock-out pink.  Very large leaves.
 
Mrs. Woodrow Wilson – A Nat Hess hybrid. Enormous plant, lavender flower. I don’t know the cross. Could be ‘Cavalcade’ x hardy fortunei.
 

Nathan Hale – A Dexter seedling found on the Parker estate. Later owned by Dorothy & Hugo Schlaijker. Pink.  Chosen by Paul Vossburg.

Nestucca

Nestucca

Nestucca Truss

Nestucca Truss

 
Nestucca – A very nice white hybrid. Slow growing. yak x fortunei, a C. Smith hybrid and a beautiful foliage plant.
 
Oliver Twist-  ‘Charles Dickens’ x yak.  Very early yak hybrid and surpassed now by newer hybrids.  Not worth growing.
 
Orange Sherbet – Hardgrove hybrid. It is wishful thinking to think the flower looks like orange sherbet. Don didn’t mention it in his notes. Hardgrove gave it to Sid Burns as a special favour.  Not worth growing.
 
Painted Star – Hardgrove hybrid. The parent of one of his better things. Not worth growing.
 
Parker’s Pink – Probably the best Dexter pink. Found on the Parker estate (later owned by Dorothy & Hugo Schlaijker).
 
Paul’s Pink – Was going to be called ‘Paul’s Hot Pink’ because of the color. Muchronulatum seedling of intense color. Paul Vossberg grew many generations of pink muchronulatums to get this plant. Much better than ‘Cornell Pink’ . Cuttings should be taken about July 15th. Like all deciduous azaleas, after rooting there must be a flush of growth before autumn leaf drop or it will not break dormancy next spring. This is usually accomplished by artificial lighting.

Pete Lo Truglio

Pete Lo Truglio – A very nice williamsianum hybrid that Pete had. I don’t know if it was his cross or someone else’s. Pete was quite friendly with an early hybridizer/grower named Vorringer. It might have been one of his seedlings. Bloom with Torus, so no one looks at this.

Peter Faulk x Red Crown

Peter Faulk x Red Crown

Peter Faulk x Red Crown

 

Peter Faulk x Red Crown This is a George Woodard hybrid that I like a great deal and have used it in hybrids.

(Peter  Faulk x  Red  Crown) x Jean Marie.

Phipps 27 (AKA Catwalk)

Phipps 27 (AKA Catwalk)

Phipps 27, AKA Catwalk – A selection of Dexter seedlings at the Phipps Estate identified by the Dexter committee.  Not a bad yellow and very fragrant.  Slow growing.

Phipps 32 AKA ‘Phipps Yellow’. The original seedling has always kept a low growing style which, for yellow, is quite unusual. It is yellow. No one knows the exact cross, but after looking at Howard Phipps’ hybridizing notes I believe it to be: (Yellow seedling x ‘Golden Star’). Yellow seedling was probably: (Hardgrove Hicks Yellow x ‘Naomi’) x ‘Crest’. Hardgrove Hicks Yellow is probably: hardy fortunei x (dichroanthum x wardii). Hardgrove was not good at growing seed, so he gave his seed to Paul Vosburg to grow for him. In the spring Hardgrove would buy the seedlings from Paul, but if Hardgrove didn’t have enough money, Paul was free to sell the seedlings to anyone. Paul had a close and old relationship with Henry Hicks at Hicks Nursery and undoubtly sold a flat or two of Hardgrove seedling to Henry. Howard Phipps was a frequent customer at Hicks Nursery so he was certainly able to get Hardgrove pollen or even plants from Hicks (without Hardgrove’s knowledge).

 
Phipps 33

Phipps 33

Phipps 33  Perfect truss form.  A very commercial plant.

Phipps 42

Phipps 42

 

Phipps 42  A beautiful bi-color truss, but it wants to die and when it lives it has a plant habit worse than Sappho.

Phipps 51

Phipps 51

 

Phipps 51  Probably the Phipps hybrid with the largest flowers. Open growing.

Phipps 51 x Snow's Red

Phipps 51 x Snow’s Red

Phipps 51 x Snow’s Red A George Woodard hybrid.

Phipps 75

Phipps 75

Phipps 75 Another large pink on a large growing plant.

Phipps 87

Phipps 87

Phipps 87 – Another pink hybrid.

 

Phipps 94

Phipps 94

Phipps 94  A Phipps hybrid that is very special in the garden.

Phipps 95

Phipps 95

Phipps 95 –

Phipps 114

Phipps 114

Phipps 114 – Another pink Phipps hybrid.

Phipps 128

 

Phipps 128   Mr. Phipps greatly enjoyed white rhododendrons and this must have pleased him greatly. 7/2014.  My very old plant died, root rot.

Phyllis Korn

Phyllis Korn

Phyllis Korn  A polyploid with a very large flower. Some blast in the buds.

Platinum Pearl

Platinum Pearl

Platinum Pearl  It is a triploid.  Seems hardy for me. Open growing. Not for the small garden.

Pierce’s American Beauty A polyploidy with a great pink flower.
 
Pink Cherub An early yak hybrid and much sort after in the late ’60 and early ’70s.  We have much better now.
 
Pink Everestineanum – Used to create ‘Meadowbrook’ See Meadowbrook for some interesting details.
 
Pink Wallaper – Pink Wallaper The plant lives in my garden, but I have never seen it bloom. It is a tetraloid. Very bad leaf burn winter 10/11. Much damaged winter 2014/2015.  I am determined to get a flower on it.
 
PJM Tetra – I question if it is a tetrapoloid.
 
Prince Camille De Rohan
 
Quaker Girl – Very early bloomer. All buds blasted winter of 2013/2014.
 
Queen Alice
 
Red Head – Open truss. Much sought-after plant 30 years ago.
 
Red House – It is red allright but not ornimental. Doesn’t compare to what we have now.
Red River x Maxine Margaret

Red River x Maxine Margaret

Red River x Maxine Mehlquist  Another George Woodard red hybrid. New growth is wine color and very ornamental.  Good looking foliage.

 
Romani Chai – I’ve seen it bloom once in my garden in the last 20 years. Two flowers opened!

 It is red though.

Rona Pink

Rona Pink

 
Rona Pink – A very nice pink Dexter. Tom Koenig selection.  Very hardy for me.
 
Ross RR – Dexter selection at the Ross estate. Nice red.
 
Royal Star – Hardgrove hybrid. Carolina x augustinei. Bad leaf burn winter 10/11.
 
Russell Harmon Supposed to be maximum x catawbiense and reputed to be very hardy.I’ve not seen any hybrids registered with it in its background. My plant is in miserable shape.  4/2015 dead.
 
SAE “A” – Paul Vossberg selected this plant at Sam Everitt’s garden. Never named it.
There are better Dexter pinks but this one is very hardy and can take the sun.
 
Sam Everitt – A Dexter plant at Sam Everitt’s garden that both Sid Burns and Nat Hess had. Very fragrant pink. Susceptible to petal blight. Not registered.
 

Sappho – As leggy as ever and as beautiful as ever.

Schlaijker Yellow

Schlaijker Yellow

 

Schlaijker Yellow – AKA ‘Hardgrove’s Deepest Yellow’. hardy fortunei x (dichroanthum x wardii). Hardgrove sold this plant to Dorothy & Hugo Schlaijer in 1964. It is open growing but quite yellow. Sid Burns had a large plant of it in his garden that bloomed every year with little damage growing in a lot of sun. It seems to be bud hardy to at least -5 F. It roots easily. Missing a top flower in the truss.

schlippenbachii

schlippenbachii

schlippenbachii  The Royal Azalia of Korea is a beautiful addition to any garden.  Rock hardy.  See also White schlippenbachii.
 

Scintillation – The standard, commerical Dexter pink for the North East. Paul Vossberg found this plant at the NY Botanic Garden and propagated it. Several years after Paul started rooting cuttings, the original plant was washed away in a flood. I asked Paul how he came up with the name and he told me that one day he was admiring the plants in bloom in a nursery row and realized it was scintillating. Thus the name.

Scintillation x yak

Scintillation x yak

Scintillation x yak – A Ray Kruse cross.  Magnificent plant habit, very haerdy but gets to be an enormous plant.  Mine in 2016 is 15′ across.  If you have the space it is magnificent.

 
Shalimar – Dorothy Schlaijker named this Dexter Plant found in her garden (the old Parker estate).
 

Showboat

sirnowii x makinoi

sirnowii x makinoi

smirnowii x makinoi seed lot 88-1324 ARS seed exchange.
 
Solidarity – A great hybrid from Hank Schannen. Probably a triploid.
 
Sphinx – Blotched plant.  Not a good doer.
 

Spring Song – Sister seedling of ‘Mary Fleming’. Hardgrove got it from Nearing.’Mary Fleming’ is probably better.

Star Sapphire

Star Sapphire

Star Sapphire Hardgrove cross of Carolina x augustinii.

Sun Dust

Sun Dust

Sun Dust – An almost orange hybrid from the Andersons.  Stands out in the garden, perfectly hardy for me.
 

Susan Everitt – Very late blooming Dexter seedling. Found at the Everitt garden. No one ever sees it as it is so late to bloom.

Targwt Rock fortunei

Targwt Rock fortunei

Target Rock Fortunei –  Hardgerove received to plants of “hardy fortune” that Joe Gable and Guy Nearing developed between 1930 and 1050.  He used one to create his yellow hybrisds and sold this one to Mr. Ebberstadt whose estate was named Target Rock.  Gets to be a major plant in the garden.  Not worth it unless you have a very large garden.
 

 

Taurus

Taurus

Taurus – A spectacular red triploid that is hardier than you would think.

Tiana – I was kidding Sid Burns one year about making rhododendron crosses and said the most obvious cross was to put yakushimanum onto Sappho and I couldn’t believe no one had done it. He had both plants and said that I should do. So I did and gave some seed to Werner Brack. Werner named this and ‘Gordon Jones’ from his batch of seedlings.
Utopia
 
Vulcan
 
Vulcan’s Flame
 
Westbury – An original Dexter plant used by Howard Phipps in his first hybrids. Crossed with ‘Meadowbrook’ it gave ‘Wheatly’ & ‘Brookville’. I believe though that ‘Westbury’ was open pollenated (probably selfed) to produce ‘Wheatly’ & ‘Brookville’ as it was Howard Phipps’ habit to allow the flower to completely open, unprotected from insects, and then to cross onto it. ‘Westbury’ blooms much later that most other Dexter plant.
 
Westport
 

Wheatley – One of Howard Phipp s first named hybrids. See info under ‘Westbury’.

White Wedding

White Wedding

White Wedding Beautiful foliage plant.  makinoi x yakushemanum.

White schlippenbachii

White schlippenbachii

White schlippenbachii  Yes it is pure white.  I got this from Henry Homan at Kingsville Nurseries in Maryland about 35 – 40 years ago. Very hard to propagate.  I think I heard that if a major  root was cut with a spade a new plant would grow from the severed root.
Whitestone

Whitestone

Whitestone  A hose in hose white flower hybridized by Paul Vossburg.  No, I don’t know how he got it. Good looking plant too.

Wisley yak seedling – I received this as a cutting from Carl Phetterplace about 35 – 40 years ago.  He said it came from Wisley garden in the UK.  It is a yak hybrid but still lovely.
 

Wyandanch Pink – A wonderful pink but must be 10 years old to bloom. Loading the soil with super phosphate will make it bloom young. Just watch out you don’t poison the soil with too much super phosphate. Some recommend using it to impart hardyness to hybrids.

yak x adenopodum truss

yak x adenopodum truss

yak x adenopodum

yak x adenopodum

yakushimanum x adenopodum  Very dense growing with attractive indumentum. Shy bloomer.

yak x smirnowii

yak x smirnowii

yakushimanum x smirnowii  I have several different clones from different hybridizers.  All of them are great garden plants.
  Z – A red with black spots Dexter. From the Ross garden. Known there as Ross Z. Thus its name.

Follows is a complete list of the hybrids in the garden without pictures.  It also shows if I have multiple plants of the same name.  It does not include 1 or 2 year old plants.
Hybrid Name
(AN x HK) x TT178 NYB
150 HS
Acclaim
Acclaim
Acclaim
Acclaim
Acclaim on Roseu Elegans
Acclaim on yak
Acclaim x Martha
Accomplishment
Accomplishment
Accomplishment
Adelle Lovitt
Adelle Lovitt
Adelle Lovitt
Adelle Lovitt
adenogynum
adenophorum PL
adenopodum Carmine Ragonese
Adenopodum Hardgrove
adenopodum Hardgrove
adenopodum Murcott
adenopodum Murcott
adenopodum Murcott
adenopodum Murcott
adenopodum PF
adenopodum seedling
America
Andy Paton
Andy Paton
Andy Paton
Andy Paton
Andy Paton
Andy Paton
Anita Gehnrich
Anna Hall
Anna Rose Whitney
Anna Rose Whitney
Anna Rose Whitney
Anna x Mariness Koster
Anna x Mariness Koster
Anna x Mariness Koster
Anna x Mariness Koster
Anne Hadgove
Anne Hardgrove
Anne Hardgrove
Anne Hardgrove x JM  NYB
Anne Hardgrove x yak
Anne Hardgrove x yak
augustinii x carolinianum
Barbara Hardgrove
Bearice Hyde
Beatrice Hyde
Beatrice Hyde
Bee Hives
Bee Hives
Bee Hives
Bee Hives
Bee Hives
Bee Hives
Beineke 21
Beineke 21
Beinke 21
Ben Mosley
Betty Hume
Blue Cloud
Bongo
brachycarpum HK
Brandywine
Brookville
Carolina Rose
Carolina Rose
carolina x moupemense
carolinianum
Cerise Edge?
Charmont
Cherries Jubilee
Cherries Jubilee
Cherry Cheescake
colundulaceum  seedling
County of York
Crete
David Gable
Phipps 51
Debutant
Debutant
degronianum AE
degronianum PF  (PF = Planting  Fields)
Dexter Spice
DH1
Dick’s Big Red
Dick’s Big Red
discolor  Exbury
Donna Hadgrove
Donna Hardgrove
Donna Hardgrove
Dorothy Russell
Dorothy Russell
Dorothy Russell
Double Pleasure
Dumper Yellow
Dumper Yellow
Edgemont
Ed’s Golden
Epic
Erchless
Erchless
Fantastica
Fantastica
Fantastica
Fantastica
Fantastica
Fantastica
fortunei
fortunei hardy form
fortunei Target Rock
fortunei Target Rock
fortunei Target Rock
Francesca
Francesca
Gate Cream
Gate Cream
Gate Cream
Gate Cream
Gertrude Saxe
Gertrude Saxe
Gertrude Saxe
Gi Gi
Gi Gi
Gi Gi
Gi Gi x degronianum
Gi Gi x TT18
Ginny Gee
Glass White x fabia
Glass White x fabia
Glass White x fabia
Glow Lighrt
Glow Light
Glow Light
Golden Star
Golden Star
Golden Star
Golden star
Gomer Waterer
Gomer Waterer
Gomer Waterer
Gotham Rheingold
Gotham Rheingold
H58-6
H64-1
H64-1
Halo Light
Hardgrove White
hardy fortunei
Harold Amateis
Harold Amateis
Harold Amateis
Helen Everitt
Helen Everitt
Helen Everitt x Mrs C Butler
HS4
HS4
HS4
hyperythrum
hyperythrum
Hyperythum x Martha  plant
Jan Dekins
Jan Dekins
Janet Blair x (Margo x Woodbench) NYB
NYB = Not yet bloomed
Jean Marie
Jean Marie
Jean Marie
Jean Marie
Jean Marie Tetra
Jean Marie Tetra
Jean Marie x yak FCC  NYB
Jean Marie x yak FCC  NYB
Joe Gable azalia
Josaphine Everitt
Kalmia Latifolia Bulls Eye
Karen Triplet x Big Deal
Katarina
Katarina
Katarina
Kathryn Roboul
keiskei x racemosum
Ken Jannek
Ken Jannek
Lady Alice Fitzwilliam
Lady L
Lalmia latafolia Olympic Fire
Lehigh Gold
Like Mrs. Furnival
Like Mrs. Furnival
Mac Kinnon’s Favorite
Mac Kinnon’s Favorite
Mac Kinnon’s Favorite
Mac Kinnon’s Favorite
Mac Kinnon’s Favorite
makinoi
Margha Phipps
Margo x (Halfdan Lem x Acclaim)
Margo x Debutant
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit
Margolit?
Margret S. Coe
Margret S. Coe
Mariness Koster
Mars
Mars
Mars
Mars
Martha Phipps
Martha Phipps ?
Martha Phipps on CW
Mary Fleming
Mary Phipps
Marybelle
Measowbrook
metternichii Exbury
metternichii PF
Mist Maiden
Mist Maiden
Mist Maiden
Mist Maiden
Mist Maiden
Mist Maiden
Mrs. Charles Butler
Mrs. Howard Phipps
Mrs. Woodrew Wilson
muchronulatum  B von Wettburg
Nassell x Big Deal
Nathan Hale
Nestucca
Nestucca
New Hope
Oliver Twist
Orange Sherbert
pachysanthum
pachysanthum
Parker’s Pink
Parker’s Pink
Parker’s Pink
Parker’s Pink
Paul’s Pink muchronulatum
Paul’s Pink muchronulatum
Pete Lotruglio
Pete Lotruglio
Pete Lotruglio
Pete Lotruglio
Phipps 106
Phipps 106
Phipps 107
Phipps 114
Phipps 114
Phipps 128
Phipps 128
Phipps 26
Phipps 27 (Catwalk)
Phipps 27 (Catwalk)
Phipps 27 (Catwalk)
Phipps 32
Phipps 32  2% to root
Phipps 33
Phipps 33
Phipps 33
Phipps 42
Phipps 42
Phipps 42
Phipps 51
Phipps 51
Phipps 51
Phipps 51 ?
Phipps 84
Phipps 84
Phipps 87
Phipps 91
Phipps 95
Phipps 97
Phipps 99
Pierce’s American Beauty
Pink Cherub
PJM Tetra
PJM Tetra
Platinum Pearl
Prince Camile de Rohan
prunifolium  Hohman
pseudochrysanthum x yak
pseudochrysanthum x yak
Quaker Girl
Queen Alice
Raspberry Glow (kalmia)
Ray Kruise
Ray Kruise
Ray Kruise
Ray Kruise
Ray Kruise
Ray Kruise
Ray Kruise
Ray Kruise
Red Head
Red House
Red House
Red Tetra
Red Tetra
Red Tetra
Romany Chi
Rona Pink
Rona Pink
Ross RR
Ross RR
RR x MM
Schlaijker Yellow
Salmon Seedling of Pioneer seedling
Sam #veritt
Sam Everitt
Sam Everitt
Sam Everitt
Sam Everitt
Sappho
Sappho
Sappho
Sappho x yak OP
Sappho x yak seedling OP
Scgkauhjer Yellow
Schlaijker Yellow
Schlippenbachii Alba
Scint x JM NYB
Scint x yak
Scint x yak OP  Seedling, OP
Scintillation x yak
Scintillation x yak
Shalamar
Sir Lancelot
Sir Lancelot
Sir Lancelot
smirnowii x yak
Soladarity
Solidarity
Sphinx
Sphinx
Sphinx
Sphinx
Spring Song
Super Nova x Very Berry
Super Nova x Very Berry
Susan Everitt
Susan Everitt
Taurus
Taurus
Taurus
Taurus
Taurus
tAURUS
Taurus
Taurus
Taurus
Taurus
Taurus
Taurus
Tetra Pink
Tiana
TT1
TT1
TT1
TT1
TT1
Utopia
Vernacosum Rock 18135
Very Berry
Very Bery
Vulcan
Vulcan’s Flame x yak  R Kruise
Westbury
Westport
Wheatley
Wheatley
White Find
White Metternichii JN
White Wedding
White Wedding
Whitestond
Whitestone
Windbeam or Wyonokie
Wissahicken
Wyandan h Pink
Wyandanch Pink
yajk FCC
yak FCC
yak FCC
yak Phetterplace
yak seedling from Wisley
yak x adenopodum
yak x Whitestone
Yaku Rose Splender
Yaku Rose Splender
Yaku Sunrise x Bambi
yakushemanum  SF-73-308
Yankee Doodle (kalmia)
 Yellow carolina
Z