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The Top 100 Rhododendrons for the Centenary

As members will know, during 2015 we asked members to vote for their top 10 favourite Rhododendrons.

I am pleased to be able to reveal the final list of the Top 100 Rhododendrons at last, the result of combining all the lists of ‘10 favourite rhododendrons’ submitted by 258 members from around the world. Together we have created a marker in time for the end of our first one hundred years that we can be proud of, and something that will stand up to the scrutiny of those that follow us in the years to come. There will be more information about the whole project in the 2016 Yearbook but in the meantime I hope that you will enjoy studying the list and comparing it with your own entry.

The whole process was entirely democratic and the end results extremely close. The front runners were neck-and-neck for most of the time but in the end the number one choice was Rhododendron yakushimanum and we can confirm that it received global support. We are extremely fortunate that our top choice was a rhododendron that is naturally in bloom at the time of both the Centenary Event at Wisley and also for our exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show which should enable us to showcase an actual plant in full bloom on both occasions.
My thanks to everyone who contributed to this project.

Sally Hayward

 

 

The full list can be downloaded PDF download or viewed below

  1. yakushimanum ‘Koichiro Wada’ AGM 1993
  2. macabeanum AGM 1993
  3. ‘Loderi King George' AGM 1993
  4. augustinii AGM 1993
  5. falconeri AGM 1993
  6. cinnabarinum ssp. cinnabarinum
  7. bureavii AGM 1993
  8. arboreum
  9. pachysanthum AGM 1993
  10. sinogrande AGM 1993
  11. edgeworthii AGM 1993
  12. schlippenbachii FCC 1944
  13. ‘Polar Bear’
  14. calophytum AGM 1993
  15. thomsonii AM 1973
  16. auriculatum AM 1922
  17. ‘Fragrantissimum’ AGM 1993
  18. williamsianum AGM 1993
  19. maddenii ssp. crassum
  20. mallotum AM 1973
  21. luteum AGM 1993
  22. niveum AGM 1993
  23. barbatum AM 1954
  24. lindleyi
  25. roxieanum
  26. Sir Charles Lemon’ AGM 1993
  27. yunnanense
  28. fortunei AGM 2012
  29. rex AGM 2012
  30. decorum AGM 2002
  31. campylogynum
  32. nuttallii
  33. dalhousiae AM 1930
  34. hodgsonii
  1. wardii
  2. ‘Nancy Evans’ AGM 2002
  3. sinofalconeri
  4. orbiculare AGM 2002
  5. kesangiae
  6. souliei FCC 1909
  7. ‘Rubicon’
  8. trichostomum FCC 1976
  9. lacteum FCC 1926
  10. ‘Taurus’ AGM 1993
  11. ‘Loderi Venus’ AGM 1993
  12. ‘Lady Alice Fitzwilliam’ AGM 1993
  13. quinquefolium AM 1931
  14. ‘Alison Johnstone’ AM 1945
  15. keysii
  16. griffithianum FCC 1866
  17. vaseyi AGM 1993
  18. pseudochrysanthum AGM 1993
  19. yuefengense
  20. campanulatum
  21. oreodoxa
  22. griersonianum FCC 1924
  23. ‘Sappho’ AM 1974
  24. ‘Lem’s Cameo’ AGM 1993
  25. lutescens
  26. montroseanum
  27. ‘Lem’s Monarch’ AGM 1993
  28. argyrophyllum
  29. ‘Lady Chamberlain’ FCC 1931
  30. cerasinum AM 1938
  31. viscosum AGM 1993
  32. dauricum
  33. calostrotum
  34. ‘Crest’ FCC 1953
  1. ‘Elizabeth’ FCC 1943
  2. grande FCC 1901
  3. ‘Phyllis Korn’
  4. davidsonianum AGM 1993
  5. irroratum ‘Polka Dot’ AM 1957
  6. ‘Mi Amor’ AM 1975
  7. ‘Hotei’ AM 1974
  8. ‘Hydon Velvet’
  9. ‘Yellow Hammer’ AGM 1993
  10. platypodum
  11. protistum
  12. excellens
  13. oreotrephes AGM 2012
  14. mucronulatum
  15. ‘Cilpinense’ AGM 1993
  16. ‘Point Defiance’ AM 1992
  17. ‘Queen of Hearts’ FCC 1986
  18. ‘Horizon Monarch’ AGM 2002
  19. ‘Teddy Bear’
  20. ‘Fortune’ FCC 1938
  21. fulvum AM 1933
  22. elliottii FCC 1937
  23. ‘Cornish Cross’
  24. ‘Markeeta's Prize’ AGM 1993
  25. ‘Countess of Haddington’ FCC 1862
  26. ‘Matador’ FCC 1946
  27. ‘Loder's White’ AGM 1993
  28. ‘Seta’ FCC 1960
  29. sutchuenense
  30. neriiflorum
  31. ‘Nobleanum’
  32. recurvoides AM 1941