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Hydrangea macrophylla

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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:
Pale Green
Light Blue
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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8 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Rickwebb On Jan 20, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I love this species as a florist plant in a pot, but it is way over-used in the Mid-Atlantic and South landscapes. The mutated flower heads of all sterile flowers are not useful for pollinators. Because it branches all over the ground, it is hard to prune, and if they aren't pruned strongly sometime, they get so messy and full of dead twigs and stems. Except for some new cultivars, one can only prune them just when the flowers turn brownish in late summer; otherwise there will be no blooming the next season.

Positive lilyb On Jan 16, 2010, lilyb from Brunswick, GA wrote:

Great flower for this area, zone 8B. But, hydrangeas in this area bloom great one year and not as good the next. Expect
for the old fashion white big leave adn oak leaves. They seem to do good every year. Yes, they do wilt in the sun, even in the shade sometime in the July and August sun. But, they recover will by late afternoon.

Positive Kameha On Apr 29, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Such a beautiful flower. Actually native to Japan and Korea despite its common name "French hydrangea". It used to be planted in castle courtyards in feudal Japan.

Growing it here can be a risk. I am in a hot, humid climate and I have to have it growing on the eastern side of my house in partial shade that way it can be protected from the hot afternoon sun. It will wilt during the day if not protected...which doesn't kill the plant but doesn't make it attractive either.

Positive hanna1 On Dec 19, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Blooms June, July and August on previour year's growth. In many winters can die to the ground but will come back with lush new growth but there will be now blossoms, the following summer. The ones sold as potted plants are a delicate variety, will not produce flowers if planted outdoors. each bloom is around 7-8" in diameter, and has large ovate leaves.

Positive Mophead On Jul 20, 2004, Mophead from Aylesford
Canada wrote:

I live in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia and I grow a variety of hydrangea. I have had especially good success with 'Annabelle' which blooms profusely in mostly shade and with a great deal of competition from maple and poplar roots.

Positive Mondz On Jun 20, 2004, Mondz from quezon city
Philippines wrote:

Since I live in a tropical climate (hot and humid), I've learned that it's best to keep hydrangeas well clear of noon and afternoon sun. Partial shade won't help in the baking hot sun, since the leaves and flowerheads would droop and dry up unless you keep a sprinkler trained on it. Plant it by an east-facing wall for best results. Watch out for spider mites since they tend to discolor the leaves and stunt leaf growth.

Additional comment: I've noticed that my hydrangeas bloom faster when i remove the older foliage (bottom leaves). Looks better too as the stems don't get weighted down too much. Keeps a check on stubborn mites also.

Positive easterfront On May 31, 2004, easterfront from Raymond, WA wrote:

the hydrangea is very well known in the state of washington. in the northwester part of the state hydrangea's a plentiful.
people have them growing all over in western washington.

Positive ButterflyDust On Feb 24, 2004, ButterflyDust from Riverside, CA wrote:

Very beautiful hydrangea. This particular plant is darker blue to lavender in color on the larger out flowers, with tiny blue cluster of flowers with five petals in the center. The large dark green leaves alone make the plant wonderful to have.

Will bloom indoors in any light, but prefers medium light. Outside prefers morning sun and afternoon shade.

Positive whitebear On Oct 25, 2002, whitebear from Pensacola, FL wrote:

Hydrangeas are beautiful if one can accept their faults. I have heared time and time again, the things that turn them different colors upon blooming, none of them work for me but I am more than happy with the surprise Bouquet I recieve every spring. A special note, if you havent cut them back by October, leave them alone or trim minimally (second nub) or you may not get blooms in spring.

Neutral Terry On Mar 9, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Deciduous shrub with large serrated leaves. Large ball-shaped flowers are pH-sensitive, with dark purple or blue flowers in acidic soil, white or dull green in neutral earth, and pink in alkaline soil. Flowering is best in areas with mild winters, since the plant blooms on previous years growth.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Rainsville, Alabama
Nogales, Arizona
Alameda, California
Albany, California
Cazadero, California
Elk Grove, California (2 reports)
Laguna Niguel, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Sunnyvale, California
Floral City, Florida
Fountain, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Quitman, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Owensboro, Kentucky
Echo, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Crofton, Maryland
Frederick, Maryland
Somerset, Massachusetts
Carleton, Michigan
Saucier, Mississippi
Jersey City, New Jersey
Staten Island, New York
Graham, North Carolina
Nakina, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mount Orab, Ohio
Westerville, Ohio
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Souderton, Pennsylvania
Andersonville, Tennessee
Maynardville, Tennessee
Thompsons Station, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Madisonville, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Urbanna, Virginia
Kirkland, Washington

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