Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Mophead 'Cityline Venice'

Hydrangea macrophylla

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cityline Venice
Additional cultivar information:(PP10928; Cityline series, aka Venice Raven)
Hybridized by Rampp
Registered or introduced: 1997
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Trinity, Alabama

Fallbrook, California

Algonquin, Illinois

Painesville, Ohio

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 21, 2011, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This Hydrangea is part of the compact "Cityline Series".

I planted two varieties last Spring that I bought from Bluestone . . .'Venice' & 'Berlin'. (They even came with their own fertilizer "pellets".)

Right now 'Venice' is only 9" tall and yet it already has one beautiful bloom (see the pic I posted). Yes . . .I am thrilled!

I love this Hydrangea and will be looking to buy more in this series for small spots in my garden. They only grow from 1' - 3' tall.

Though 'Berlin' hasn't bloomed yet I have no doubt it will be equally as beautiful.


On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

The natural dwarf habit of this lovely Bigleaf Hydrangea from Germany is compact and dense, with far more flowering stems than most others. Small enough for containers or any tight spot, Cityline Venice is an attention-getter with giant fuchsia blooms and fresh, attractive green foliage. It belongs front and center in the shrub border, patio garden, or your best container!

Just 1 to 3 feet high and wide, this shrub offers large, neatly serrated leaves of fresh spring green that keep their clean look from spring till frost. They form an excellent foil for the very large blooms to follow. These flowers open pale pink, then darken to a rich, hard-to-find shade of bright. Very showy for cutflowers, and simply covering the plant if left in place.

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