Charles Owen Dexter was one of the first east coast gardeners to
start a massive rhododendron breeding program. Retiring from the textile
industry in 1921 due to poor health, he started raising many
rhododendrons from seed. His health improved and he continued his
hybridizing until his death in 1943 at the age of 81. Charles Dexter raised
thousands of plants at his Heritage Plantation on Cape Cod, and since then
other hybridizers have used some of his plants to continue breeding new
varieties. Only recently have many of the Dexters made it to
commercial markets. The Dexter hybrids are proving to among the best
rhododendrons for the Middle Atlantic region.
My favorite Rose Red
The most widely grown Dexter
in the Middle Atlantic region
A superb lavender pink
A Second Generation Dexter
by Howard Phipps
My favorite pink!
A Dexter derivative from
Dr. David Leach
Some Other Favorite Dexters
Bell Ringer - Creamy white Dexter derivative from Tony Consolini, very
rugged with dark green foliage. One of my best doers.
Parker's Pink - Bicolor pink with bronze throat. Excellent!
Great Eastern - Similar to Scintillation, but slightly later
and can take full sun.
Todmorden - Bicolor with rose edge and white center. Seems to
need sun to bud up well.
Betty Hume - Huge pale pink
Dexter's Spice - Huge fragrant white
Apritan - Fragrant apricot blush with large flowers, also
known as Dexter's Honeydew
Reliable Rhododendrons for the Middle Atlantic Region