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Rhododendron 'Cherries and Merlot'

(Rhododendron, 'Cherries and Merlot')

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' Cherries and Merlot' is a unique new rhododendron selection with glowing red flowers and glossy dark green leaves sporting plum colored undersides. Compact growth and a tolerance for full sun in southern regions make this Rhododenron a true winner.


Best grown in acidic, humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, moisture-retentive but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers a sun dappled shade. Plant in a location protected from strong winter winds. Good soil drainage is essential (doesn't like "wet feet"). Poor drainage inevitably leads to root rot, therefore raised beds/plantings should be considered in heavy clay soils. Shallow, fibrous root systems (do not cultivate around plants) will benefit greatly from a mulch (e.g., wood chips, bark or pine needles) to help retain moisture and stabilize soil temperatures. Roots must never be allowed to dry out. Acidify soils as needed. Clip off spent flower clusters immediately after bloom as practicable.

Additional Information

Common Name Rhododendron, 'Cherries and Merlot'
Botanical Name Rhododendron 'Cherries and Merlot'
Container/Amount 2 gallon
Plant Category Shrub
Evergreen or Deciduous Evergreen
Hardiness Zone 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Height 3 ft.
Width 4 ft.
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Sun, Part-sun, Part-shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Average
Blooming Period April/May
Flower Color Cherry Red
Fragrance No
Foliage Color Green with plum undersides
Berry Color No
Deer Resistant Yes

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