Rhododendron Scarlet Wonder ('Essex Scarlet' × R. forrestii ssp. forestii 'Repens')
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, vigorous, low growing, compact, only 2 ft (0.6 m) tall in 10 years, often twice as wide. Foliage dense, leaves alternate, simple, rounded, medium dark green, with a slight sheen. Flowers campanulate, wavy-edged, cardinal-red with faint brown markings, 5-7 in loose cluster.
- -10oF, mid, quality rating 4/4-5/4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]. Sun tolerant.
- Similar to Elisabeth Hobbie, but lower growing and more cold hardy. Both cultivars were developed by Dietrich Hobbie (Germany) from the same (similar?) cross.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: north of Richardson Hall, near sidewalk on Jefferson Ave. Also in front of the Memorial Union, west of the northwest entrance near the stone railing of the plaza, also between the eastern steps and plaza. Elisabeth Hobbie is also in front of the Memorial Union.