Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Mophead
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Big Daddy'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Daddy
Additional cultivar information:(PP14527)
Hybridized by Johnson
Registered or introduced: 2002
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Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

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

This plant is resistant to deer

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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 herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Mentone, Alabama

Long Beach, California

San Pedro, California

Buford, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Normal, Illinois

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Derry, New Hampshire

Port Washington, New York

Southold, New York

Waterford, New York

Winnsboro, South Carolina

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 3, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

In "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), it says that this cultivar grows 5'-6' high with thick stems and glossy thick large leaves that have a yellow fall color. Flowers are 8" to 12" across with thin sepals. Pink in alkaline, blue in acid soils. No hardiness zone information.

Dirr says this might be a seedling of 'Otaksa'.