How are the rhodies doing around your neighborhoods? One of my neighbors asked me about his, which are dying back horribly, all brown and looking like a very bad case of winterburn. But I am noticing a lot of peoples rhododendrons are looking like this. They look dead. I am thinking that Sudden Oak Death is hitting them. I have other plants following suit in my yard including hydrangea macrophylla, salix, cornus silver and gold, bee balm, rosa virginia, seven sons tree, lilac to name a couple, some worse than others. I pulled out a pieris that started dying back last year, and a coral bark willow. Both seemed dead.
If I get my new camera, I will try to post a pic but in the meantime, here is a link to a pic on the RHS site.
Here is a link that might be useful: