Joseph P. Gable, a hybridizer in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, raised
seedlings on his farm from the late 1920's until his death in 1972.
Joe Gable was instrumental in establishing the American Rhododendron
Society, and is considered a pioneer in hybridizing since he pushed
the limit on developing hardiness in rhododendron hybrids.
The Gable Rhododendrons are noted for their rugged hardiness.
A huge Blush White
with 4 to 5-inch flowers
A hardy pale pink
with a great plant habit
County of York
A Good white with
Some other Great Gable Rhododendrons
Atroflo - Rose Red with Attractive Indumented Leaves
David Gable - Early Bright Pink
Marybelle - Ruffled Salmon Pink Fading to Buff Yellow
Mount Sigah - Pale Pink with Salmon Undertones
Robert Allison - Pale Pink, similar to Cadis
Albert Close - Late Pink with Prominent Blotch
Rhododendrons Developed by Guy Nearing
One of Joe Gable's associates, Guy Nearing, also produced some
excellent rhododendron hybrids. Although Nearing lived in New
Jersey, he and Gable shared much through correspondence over
many years. Here are some of my favorite Nearing hybrids
including some excellent Elepidote hybrids. Elepidote Rhododendrons
are usually semi-dwarf with small aromatic leaves. They remind
one of something intermediate between the standard rhododendron and
an evergreen azalea.
Mary Flemming - Yellow with Pink Blush, Elepidote
Windbeam - Pale Pink, Elepidote
Rochelle - Bright Pink, Standard Rhododendron
Reliable Rhododendrons for the Middle Atlantic Region