The flowers are lovely on Delta Dawn and that certainly is everyone's first question. The are light, creamy yellow with red speckles in the throat. The trusses are loosely grouped little bell shaped flowers. They are sweet and will be noticed but they don't necessarily steal the show. They can mix well with any number of different color combinations or layered garden design.
Of course flowers are important but the foliage, form and ease of care are the things that ring in a winner. When the flowers fade and fall, Delta Dawn pushes the new leaves and that is where they start to steal the show. The new growth is soft and fuzzy and a coppery, tan color. This is prized feature handed down from R. pachysanthum. The parents of R. 'Delta Dawn' are R. pachysanthum X R. Fabur.
Over time the top of the leaf will loose its fuzziness and become a dark, matte green, while the underside will keep a rich, brown indumentum all year long.
Here is a 3 gallon Delta Dawn that has been dug from the field and wrapped to go to shipping:
What makes this an excellent plant for landscaping is the neat, even shape that stays nicely filled in. If planted in a raised up, well draining area with lots of shredded bark, Delta Dawn will not need a whole heck of lot of your attention. There are some rhododendrons that are desired by collectors for one reason or another and they need LOTS of attention and special care. Delta Dawn has all of the beauty of the collector's item but none of the fuss. I think we will see these popping into landscapes all around us over the next few years. I imagine them planted in a sweet little line in front of your house or office building. They would be wonderful in a group, making a larger display in a layered landscape. This is one to keep an eye on. I'm sure you will love it as much as we do!