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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Europa'

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

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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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:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jestelleoan On Dec 4, 2004, jestelleoan from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

In the south it dose very well in the shade. It is fast growing and dose well in our acide soil. Beautifull in spring and fall. needs to be water well but not stand in it.

Positive lmelling On Dec 2, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

From the "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas," (Van Gelderen -2004), " A strong-growing shrub up to 6.5' or more. Its flowerheads are flattened and usually lilac pink or dull purple. On alkaline soils it may be puplish red. Flowering occurs late in the summer. The sepals are heavily serrate, overlapping and cupped. Not suitable as a pot plant. It can even be used as a hedging plant, due to its strong growth. This cultivar can be confused with the similar 'Hamburg' or 'Altona'. Also well-known for the quality of dried flowers. Autumn color can be very conspicuous. Bred by H. Schadendorff, Germany, in 1931. RHS Award: AGM 1992.

No zone hardiness given.


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

San Jose, California
Tyler, Texas

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