Rhododendron Rhododendron 'Cheer'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rhododendron 'Cheer'


The Rhododendron 'Cheer' is a vibrant and ornamental plant renowned for its lush, evergreen foliage and stunning floral display. The leaves of this rhododendron variety are thick, leathery, and dark green, creating a rich backdrop for the flowers. When in bloom, it produces magnificent clusters of flowers that cover the plant in a profusion of color. Each flower cluster, known as a truss, is made up of numerous individual blooms that come together to create a larger, rounded bouquet-like appearance. The flowers are trumpet-shaped with flared edges and are usually a soft pink color, often with hints of peach or coral. The inside of the flower may showcase freckles or a subtle pattern, adding to its visual interest. The plant's overall form is well-branched and dense, with the foliage maintaining a glossy, attractive look throughout the year. When not in bloom, the rhododendron 'Cheer' remains an elegant feature in any landscape due to its rich green leaves. This rhododendron variety is beloved not only for its beauty but also for the way it can bring a burst of cheerful color to gardens during its blooming period.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Rhododendron, Azalea.

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Cheer'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendron 'Cheer', commonly known as Rhododendron, contains toxic compounds called grayanotoxins which can be poisonous to humans if any part of the plant is ingested. Symptoms of Rhododendron poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, central nervous system depression, and in severe cases, it can be fatal due to cardiovascular collapse.

    • To pets

      Rhododendron 'Cheer', commonly known as Rhododendron, is toxic to pets due to grayanotoxins present in all parts of the plant. Pets poisoning symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, abnormal heart rate, hypotension, central nervous system depression, and potentially coma. Ingesting Rhododendron can be life-threatening, leading to death in severe cases, particularly if prompt veterinary treatment is not received.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 feet (1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      5 feet (1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: The Rhododendron 'Cheer' is known for its beautiful, showy flowers that come in shades of pink, lilac, and purple, adding a splash of color to landscaping.
    • Spring Bloomer: It typically flowers in the spring, providing early seasonal interest after winter dormancy.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The blooms attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators to the garden, which are essential for the health of many ecosystems.
    • Evergreen Foliage: As an evergreen shrub, it retains its leaves throughout the year, ensuring that your garden has enduring greenery even when other plants have died back.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: This plant can be used for various landscaping purposes, including foundation plantings, hedges, or as a standalone specimen.
    • Tolerance of Shade: Rhododendrons can thrive in partially shaded environments where other sun-loving plants might struggle.
    • Soil Adaptability: 'Cheer' can adapt to a variety of acidic soils as long as they are well-drained, making it suitable for different garden settings.
    • Durable: It is relatively hardy and can withstand cold temperatures, making it suitable for gardens in many temperate regions.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Rhododendrons, including the 'Cheer' variety, can be used in the practice of bonsai for creating miniature landscapes, with skilled pruning to maintain their small size and shape.
    • The thick foliage of Rhododendrons can be used as a protective shelter for small wildlife, such as birds and beneficial insects, in the garden.
    • Dried Rhododendron flowers can be used in potpourri mixes to add color and a mild fragrance to a room.
    • Rhododendron wood, being hard and dense, is sometimes used in the creation of small woodcraft items like handles for tools and walking sticks.
    • Rhododendron 'Cheer' can be planted as part of a erosion control strategy on slopes, thanks to its extensive root system that helps stabilize the soil.
    • Dead leaves and stems, when collected, can be used as a natural mulch to help retain moisture and suppress weeds around garden plants.
    • The large, showy blossoms of Rhododendrons can be used in floral arrangements or as a natural dye source for fabrics and crafts.
    • Rhododendrons can be used in a garden to provide a natural privacy screen or hedge, due to their dense growing habit.
    • By planting Rhododendrons in strategically placed clusters, they can be used as a windbreak to protect more sensitive plants and reduce wind erosion.
    • The diverse range and structure of Rhododendron varieties, including 'Cheer', can be leveraged in landscape design to create visually appealing patterns and focal points.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rhododendron is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Rhododendron is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beware - Rhododendrons are often associated with caution due to the toxicity of their leaves and nectar.
    • Caution - In some cultures, they symbolize the need for vigilance and to proceed with care in certain situations.
    • Danger - The plant's toxic nature makes it a symbol for dangerous situations or poison.
    • Abundance - With their lush, full blooms, rhododendrons can symbolize abundance and wealth.
    • Beauty and Attraction - The striking flowers represent beauty and can attract positive attention; 'Cheer' with its pleasant name, might also embody a welcoming beauty.
    • Passion - Some species of rhododendron have red flowers, which can symbolize passion and love, though 'Cheer' specifically may not have this coloration.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late winter-early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Azaleas, including the Rhododendron 'Cheer', prefer consistently moist soil, which means watering should occur when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This may translate to watering every 7 to 10 days, but frequency can vary based on climate, weather, and soil conditions. Ensure you provide deep watering to encourage a strong root system, which may require around 1 to 1.5 gallons per plant, depending on size, every time you water. Avoid over-watering to prevent root rot, and ensure the plant has well-draining soil to support healthy growth. During the hotter months, watering frequency should increase, whereas, in cooler months, it can be reduced.

  • sunLight

    Azaleas, such as Rhododendron 'Cheer', thrive in dappled sunlight or partial shade. They do best in spots that receive filtered morning sun with protection from the harsh afternoon sun. An ideal location may be under the canopy of tall trees that allows speckled sunlight to come through or on the north or east side of a building, where it can receive gentle sun exposure.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Azaleas, like the Rhododendron 'Cheer', prefer moderate climates and do well in a temperature range of 50°F to 80°F. They can withstand minimum temperatures down to about 20°F, but prolonged exposure to sub-freezing temperatures can damage the plant. The ideal temperature range for this azalea would be between 60°F and 70°F for optimal growth and bloom production.

  • scissorsPruning

    Azaleas, such as Rhododendron 'Cheer', should be pruned to maintain shape, encourage bushier growth, and remove dead or diseased branches. The best time to prune is immediately after the blooming period ends in spring to early summer, as this is before the plant sets buds for the next year. Pruning should be done sparingly, and selective thinning cuts are often better than shearing to preserve the natural shape of the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Rhododendron, commonly known as azalea, should be well-draining, rich in organic matter, and slightly acidic with a pH of 4.5-6.0. A blend of pine bark, peat moss, and perlite is commonly recommended for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Azaleas like Rhododendron 'Cheer' should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when they become root-bound. Spring, after flowering, is the best time to repot these plants.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Azaleas thrive in environments with high humidity, ideally between 40-60%. They benefit from regular misting or a pebble tray with water to maintain the necessary moisture levels around the foliage.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place azalea in bright, indirect light, away from drafts.

    • Outdoor

      Plant azalea in dappled shade, protect from afternoon sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rhododendron 'Cheer', commonly known as a hybrid rhododendron, begins its life cycle with seed germination, typically in a well-drained, acidic soil rich in organic matter. Following germination, the seedling grows into a young plant, developing a root system and foliage through photosynthesis. As it matures, the rhododendron enters a vegetative stage, where it focuses on leaf and stem growth, often over several years, preparing for the flowering stage. The plant reaches reproductive maturity and produces buds that bloom in the spring, showcasing its vibrant flowers, which is the key feature of this ornamental plant. After pollination by insects, the flowers develop into seed capsules, which upon maturity, release seeds to begin a new generation. During autumn and winter, the rhododendron may enter a period of dormancy, conserving energy and resources to survive through colder temperatures until the cycle renews with the next growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter-early spring

    • Rhododendron 'Cheer', commonly known as Rhododendron, can be propagated through the method of semi-hardwood cuttings. This process typically takes place during the late summer after new growth has begun to mature and harden slightly, usually around July to August. To propagate by cuttings, a healthy non-flowering shoot is chosen and a 4 to 6 inch (about 10 to 15 cm) section is cut just below a node. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is dipped into a rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a mix of peat and perlite or a well-draining rooting medium. The pot should be kept in a well-lit area, out of direct sunlight, and maintained at a constant humidity by covering it with a clear plastic bag or placing it in a propagator. Roots typically form within several weeks, after which the new plants can be gradually acclimated to less humid conditions before eventually being planted out.