Rhododendron Cherry Kiss

Rhododendron Cherry Kiss


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Flowering Month:
Flower Colour:
Height After 10 Years:
Not Scented
Interesting Foliage:
To -20 °C
5 litre
Available stock: 23
15 litre
Available stock: 36
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(H7)  An excellent new German plant with deep red flowers and lovely dark green glossy foliage. Glowing red funnel shaped flowers with wavy edging in a neat compact truss, with contrasting almost white stamens, and cream upward pointing anthers. Late May flowering. Equally striking are the thick dark very deep glossy leaves on a handsome plant broadly upright plant.  A very hardy plant, claimed to be able to withstand -24C. Height in 10 years is about 150cm.

We have grown this plant for a few years now, and are very impressed by its deep red flowers set on dark green foliage, and it's a good grower too!
'Cherry Kiss' is the trademark name for this plant, by which it is known.  It's registered name is 'Hachcher'.

  • Recommended for: extremely tough with striking flowers.
  • Easy to grow.
  • Ideal position: Dappled shade in most garden situations.
  • Habit: Dense.
  • Group: Hardy Hybrid.
  • Parentage: 'Aeschbacher's Rubin' (s) X 'Busuki'
  • Bred by:  Hans Hachmann.   Origin: German.
  • Ideal soil: pH 4.5 to 6.
  • RHS Hardiness Rating: H7.
  • How we usually propagate this plant: Cutting.

Customer Reviews

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"Millais Nurseries is superb - from the person who composes all the sensitive, informative write-ups, to the person who packs the plants with care (and these perfect plants arrive so swiftly). Rhododendron Cherry Kiss starts with flower buds that are nearly black! Then the trusses open revealing such a deep, rich red that looks very much like the colour of a ripe cherry! Absolutely thrilling - I love it."
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"brilliant colour, settled in well and grown massively with the help of compost"
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"A stunning plant with masses of flower trusses. Excellent quality. I am extremely happy with my purchase."
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"This arrived well packaged and well cared for. I’ve planted it and it’s taken really well. Hopefully it will carry on and flower next year"
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"Another outstanding quality shrub from Millais. Very prompt delivery and careful packaging meant the rhododendron arrived in excellent condition. The shrub is full of large buds and we are eager to see it in bloom in the spring. Thrilled with my purchase."
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"Strong healthy plant looking forward to it blooming"
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"An excellent red flowered Rhododendron a very nice plant and the plant supplied was of excellent condition as are all plants from Millais look forward to many years of beautiful flowers"
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"Part if an order of excellent plants - all very good condition and size. Very well packed and despatched promptly. Thoroughly recommend."
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Good to know

Our best-selling Rhododendrons, ideal for hedges, screening and large displays, growing to 125-200cm in 10 years.

Most of these plants can be described as ‘Hardy Hybrids’, the tough dense plants which are ideal for hedging and screening, or for planting within a border. Some can even be described as ‘Ironclads’ – tough plants that will withstand temperatures of below -20°C, and the coldest European winter. With care, it is possible to select varieties which flower from January until June, with flower trusses in a wide range of colours. With their dense downward pointing leaves, recent research has shown that they reflect sound waves and create some of the best natural sound barriers. They will take sun or shade, but dappled is best. Most hardy hybrids will bud up and flower as a 5 or 7.5 litre plant.

Also in this section are more tender varieties with delicate bell-shaped flowers that hang in small clusters, and sparser foliage. These are better suited to the more sheltered woodland garden, where they can add great character without creating dense plantings. Some woodland types have a more upright and open tree-like habit, so are not suited for screening purposes, but make great focal plants in the garden. Yellow and orange flowering varieties are always slower growing and more fussy, requiring excellent drainage. You won’t find these special plants in a garden centre, and they may take a year or so longer before they start flowering, but they will grow into choice long term plants.

Those flowering from December to March often flower erratically through the winter, with blooms opening in succession. This means that at least some blooms will avoid the frosts, and give some welcome flower to brighten up a winter’s day. Trees with overhead canopy can give a few degrees of frost protection to the flowers. Late flowering varieties also benefit from tree canopy to provide shade during the summer months when the sun is that much stronger.

Rhododendrons like moist acidic soil, with good drainage, and plenty of organic matter such as leaf-mould and added ericaceous compost. Plant no deeper than the top of the rootball, and dig in plenty of good ericaceous compost around the sides.  For a guide to plant spacing, use the height we give in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Spacing can be closer when planting a hedge, or if you are impatient. For planning a border, spacing should be one plant per 3-4m². Give a teaspoon of slow-release feed at the 5 litre size, rising to a handful full for mature plants. Tall hybrid rhododendrons are not typically damaged by deer or rabbits. They are not recommended for container growing, which they would outgrow in a few years.

Please note: Some varieties are wider than their height. Specimen size plants (eg 80-90cm) will be measured by their largest measurement which could be the spread of the plant.

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Size Guide

Size guide

The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.


Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch.

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.


  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.


Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.


Recommended every few years.


The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.


Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow flowering varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.


Rhododendrons and Camellias: Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering.

Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Magnolias and Acers: Formative pruning when young to shape into a tree or bush.


Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.

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