Rhododendron 'Cherries and Merlot'

Rhododendron ‘Cherries and Merlot’

While this Rhody has been reluctant to bloom for us (most likely due to a lack of summer rainfall) it is still worthwhile having this in the garden. The leaves are a bright blue green, but the undersides are a deep wine color. This was why it was planted on a bank so that we are looking up at the undersides and loving that color contrast. While normally described as burgundy, this is most probably the merlot of the varietal name. The flowers are a bright cherry red with white stamens and opened for us in late March.

It is a fairly small, slow growing Rhody getting to about 3′ tall and wide.


  • Rhododendron 'Cherries and Merlot'
    Rhododendron 'Cherries and Merlot'

Cultivation Notes

Full sun to partial shade and does not like to get too dry. This has delayed flowering for us.

Propagation Notes

Said to be difficult. I have not tried.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P17022

Found in Tea House,

Up on the bank towards the bamboo fence.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Rhododendron

Variety: Cherries and Merlot

Height: 3ft to 5ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
Zn7a - down to 0F

Resistant to Deer and Rabbit.

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