Lists

Vireya "Proven Performers"
Lists developed by chapters of the American Rhododendron Society

Hawai`i Chapter
  • Harry Wu
  • Java Rose
  • Jock's Cairn
  • Kisses
  • Littlest Angel
  • Mount Pirie
  • Narnia
  • Ne Plus Ultra
  • Peachy Pink
  • Pink Delight
  • Popcorn
  • Saint Valentine
  • Taylori
  • Tropic Glow
  • Vladimir Bukovsky
  • R. dielsianum
  • R. jasminiflorum hybrids
  • R. zoelleri
California Chapter
(SF and Oakland)
  • Aleksandr
  • Harry Wu
  • Kurt Herbert Adler
  • Meris
  • Moonwood
  • R. aequabile
  • R. burttii
  • R. laetum
  • R. leucogigas
  • R. paucifolium
  • R. stenophyllum
  • R. womersleyi
Southern California Chapter
  • Aravir
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • Emmanuel
  • George Budgen
  • Jock's Cairn
  • Lenore Frances
  • Saint Valentine
  • Taylori
  • R. dielsianum
  • R. loranthiflorum
  • R. retusum


Our Lists
Our selections of the many Vireya varieties.

Starter Collection
We have over 250 varieties of vireyas that we are growing. Difficult to make a choice! In addition to the Proven Performers above, most of which we also grow, here's a selection that will give you a good start on a wonderful vireya collection.
Criteria
  • Good choices for a starter collection
  • Easily grown, not fussy
  • Handles sun OK
  • Usually a good supply
  • Various colors, heights, foliage, distinctiveness
  • Fulfill different landscaping situations
  • Include substitutes with similar characteristics
AleksandrLarge flowers and plant size, bright pink w/yellow throat, vertical growth
CyrilSimilar, cream with pink accents, dark leaf color
Birat's RedReliable rosy-red flowers, tall, open, vertical form, red stems
Red Prince X R. viriosumLow growing, medium size red bell shaped flowers
Ne Plus UltraMedium strong red bell flowers bushy shrub
Charming ValentinoSimilar, medium size leaves, bushy
Littlest AngelSimilar, slightly smaller flowers and leaves than Little Maria, good for hanging baskets
Cristo ReyLarge flowers, orange/yellow bicolor, upright, open
Simbu SunsetSimilar
Tropic GlowSimilar
BelisarSimilar, smaller funnel shaped flowers, more intense orange and yellow, more narrow and upright
Doris MossmanNarrow, long leaves, orange bells
Little GingerSimilar, denser form, yellow bells turning orange as they age
Lucie SorensonNarrow, short leaves, orange bells
FireplumIntense red, medium size, relatively bushy
ShowstopperSimilar, red stems
Golden CharmPolished glossy leaves, upright but bushy, dense domed truss with small strong orange flowers
Rocky's Mom Intense orange, upright open form, large orange trusses
Will SilentSimilar, double flowers, more spreading
KiandraSimilar, large flowers, most intense orange, unusual drooping leaves
Great ScentsationFragrant, fuzzy new growth, medium-large pink flowers
Kurt Herbert AdlerSimilar
CalavarStrong reddish-pink and yellow flowers, strong fragrance
MoonwoodSimilar, fragrant, white flowers, rounded leaves
Lake HabbemaDark and scaly foliage, large ivory white to cream flowers, fragrant
Highland ArabesqueMedium pink flowers, upright plant with rounded leaves
TerebinthiaDark foliage (in sun), strong pink flowers, good branching
Marshall Pierce MadisonSmall tree, large domed pink truss, impressive
Harry WuBig flowers, yellow with pink blush, upright, open, nearly vertical leaf petioles
KissesRich pink halo, cream throat, lots of flowers, very bushy form
Princess AlexandraVery bushy, white flowers, frequent flowering
PopcornLime green rounded leaves, white flowers that fade to a pink blush, smaller plant, best in some shade
Teddy's BestLots of yellow flowers, orange halo in sun
Gilded SunriseSimilar
24KSolid yellow flower, upright and open habit

Color
There are many ranges of shades within each broad color category

Red
  • Baram Bay
  • Cape Cod Valentine
  • Charming Valentino
  • Emmanual
  • Fireplum
  • Java Rose
  • Little Maria
  • Littlest Angel
  • Ne Plus Ultra
  • Periwinkle
  • Red Adair
  • Red Prince x R. viriosum
  • Red Poppy
  • Red Rover
  • Red Socks
  • Rob's Favorite
  • Saxon Glow
  • Showstopper
  • Triumphans
  • Tropic Alpine Ruby

Orange
  • Athanasius
  • Captain Scarlet
  • Doris Mossman
  • Golden Charm
  • Kamrau Bay
  • Kiandra
  • Java Light
  • Jock's Cairn
  • Lucie Sorensen
  • Lulu
  • Mt. Pire
  • Orange Queen
  • Pennywhistle
  • R. javanicum Orange
  • R. x planecostatum
  • Rocky's Mom
  • Tropic Tango
  • Vladimir Bukowski
  • Will Silent

Pink
  • Aleksandr
  • Belinda Chang
  • Bob's Choice
  • Chambrie Lake
  • Cinnamon Pink
  • Clorinda
  • DB Stanton
  • First Light
  • Great Scentsations
  • Greer's Pink
  • Highland Arabesque
  • Humbolata Bay
  • Kisses
  • Kurt Herbert Adler
  • Marshall Pierce Madison
  • Pendance
  • Pink Mist
  • Pink Ray
  • Pink Swan
  • Queensland
  • R. konori Pinkie
  • Sirunki Lake
  • Star Posy
  • Sybil
  • Taylori
  • Terebinthia

White
Some with pink blush
  • Aravir
  • Bernadette
  • Cyril
  • Felicitas
  • Gwenevere
  • Lake Habbema
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Moonwood
  • Popcorn
  • Princess Alexandra
  • R. jasminiflorum
  • R. loranthifolium
  • R. radians
  • Silver Thimbles
  • Sweet Jane

Yellow
Some with orange halo in sun
  • 24K
  • Alexa
  • Anatta Gold
  • Gilded Sunrise
  • Harry Wu
  • R. laetum Strybing's Best
  • R. laetum X R. aurigeranum
  • Tashbaan
  • Teddy's Best
  • Wattle Bird
  • Zircon

Orange-Red/Yellow
  • Belisar
  • Cristo Rey
  • Flamenco Dancer
  • Haloed Gold
  • Hansa Bay
  • Leonore Frances
  • Lyon King
  • Narnia
  • Orange Maid
  • P. Schick #1
  • R. aurigeranum x R. zoelleri 'Golden Gate'
  • R. zoelleri Island Sunset X R. viriosum
  • Ring of Fire
  • Satan's Gift x Flamenco Dancer
  • Simbu Sunset
  • Sunny's Brother
  • Sunset Gold 50
  • Tropic Glow
  • Veryl Ann

Pink/White
  • Cara Mia
  • Chiffon Halo
  • Jenna Soojean

Coral-Pink/Yellow Bicolors
  • Calavar
  • Glenn Sahara
  • May West
  • Shantung Rose
  • The Star
  • The Trophy

Apricot-Peach/Yellow
  • Apricot Souffle
  • Apricot Star
  • Dresden Doll
  • John West
  • Lyon King

Fragrance

  • Aravir
  • Bernadette
  • Calavar
  • Cara Mia
  • Cinnamon Pink
  • Cyril
  • Felicitas
  • Great Scentsation
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kurt Herbert Adler
  • Maile
  • Maneau Ra
  • Moonwood
  • Pink Swan
  • Pretty Lady
  • Queensland
  • R. jasminiflorum
  • R. konori hybrid
  • R. konori Pinkie
  • Sweet Jane
  • Wild Child

Low Growing

  • Cape Cod Valentine
  • Charming Valentino
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Littlest Angel
  • Periwinkle
  • Red Prince X R. viriosum (H028)
  • Saxon Glow
  • Saint Valentine
  • R. jasminiflorum
  • R. x coriifolium
  • Silver Thimbles
  • Taylori
Tall

  • Aleksandr
  • Cair Paravel
  • Harry Wu
  • Hansa Bay
  • Java Rose
  • Marshall Pierce Madison
  • Mt. Pire
  • R. javanicum (and hybrids)
  • R. laetum (and hybrids)
  • R. zoelleri (and hybrids)
  • Sunny's Brother
  • Teddy's Best

Delicate Color

  • Apricot Souffle
  • Apricot Star
  • Candy
  • Cara Mia
  • Greer's Pink
  • Lulu
  • Princess Alexandra
  • Pink Mist
  • Pink Ray
  • Popcorn
  • Toyama Hilo Tan
Intense Color

  • Aleksandr
  • Baram Bay
  • Belisar
  • Fireplum
  • Hansa Bay
  • Java Light
  • Java Rose
  • Kamrau Bay
  • Kiandra
  • Marshall Pierce Madison
  • Mount Pire
  • R. javanicum Orange
  • Red Adair
  • Rocky's Mom
  • Ring of Fire
  • Terebinthia
  • Veryl Ann
  • Will Silent

Edging

  • Cape Cod Valentine
  • Charming Valentino
  • Little Maria
  • Littlest Angel

Hedge

  • Lucie Sorenson
  • Pennywhistle
  • Saxon Glow
  • Sirunki Lake

Foliage

  • Cyril
  • Golden Charm
  • Lake Habbema
  • Queensland
  • Richard Marques
  • R. himantodes
  • R. stenophyllum
  • Terebinthia

Unusual

  • Periwinkle (a wee tuft of green)
  • R. blackii (rounded leaves)
  • R. jasminiflorum (long, tubular flowers)
  • R. x coriifolium (wrinkled, puffy leaves)
  • R. x planecostum (lax, cascading habit)
  • R. radians (long tubular flowers)