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Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’

Christmas Cheer' Rhododendron, Early Season Rhododendron

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Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer', 'Christmas Cheer' Rhododendron, Early Season Rhododendron, Pink Rhododendron, Pink Flowering Shrub, Evergreen Rhododendron
Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer', 'Christmas Cheer' Rhododendron, Early Season Rhododendron, Pink Rhododendron, Pink Flowering Shrub, Evergreen Rhododendron

Lighting up the dull days of winter, Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ is a remarkable sight when in full bloom from late winter to early spring. This medium-sized, evergreen shrub bears rounded trusses counting up to 8 open funnel-shaped flowers, 2 in. wide (5 cm). Pink in bud, each flower opens white flushed pink with deeper stripes and fades to very pale pink, almost white over time. Since the blooms open in batches over long periods that may extend up to 2 months, ‘Christmas Cheer’ truly is an outstanding early flowering Rhododendron. The blossoms contrast beautifully with the evergreen foliage of elliptic, medium-green leaves that is brown beneath, from a very fine indumentum (fine hair). This Rhododendron caucasicum hybrid is drought tolerant and will need some shade in mild winter areas. A very reliable performer, this broadleaf Rhododendron is tough and can withstand temperatures as low as -10°F (-23°C). It is ideal to enliven and cheer up your winter garden.

  • Grows with a dense, low, mounding habit, up to 4-6 ft. tall and wide (120-180 cm).
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • A part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, humusywell-drained soils. Plant shallowly in a location protected from strong winter winds. Protect from frost to prevent damage to flowers. Mulch annually with leaf mold to retain moisture, control weeds, and cool the soil.
  • Perfect for shrub borders or mixed borders and shade gardens. Great for small gardens and containers too!
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and birds.
  • Removing spent flowers promotes new growth.
  • All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 9
Heat Zones 7 - 9
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Rhododendron
Common names Rhododendron
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 48" - 72"
(120cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Rhododendron periclymenoides (Pinxterbloom Azalea)
Rhododendron maximum (Great Laurel)

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Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ (Siberian Bugloss)
Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)
Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 9
Heat Zones 7 - 9
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Rhododendron
Common names Rhododendron
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 48" - 72"
(120cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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