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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Generale Vicomtesse De Vibraye'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Generale Vicomtesse De Vibraye
Additional cultivar information: (aka Gnrale Vicomtesse De Vibraye)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

According to the authors of "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" (2004 - Timber Press), " A large shrub with long and slender branches, up to 6.5' or more, which makes the plant often untidy. The flowers are borne in rounded corymbs of 6'-8'. In harsh weather, such as wind and rain, branches bearing flowers bend to the ground and should be staked. The flowers easily turn light blue on acid soil, but are pink in more alkaline soils, despite the plant's "blue" reputation. It is a hybrid between 'Otaksa' and 'Rosea'. Long forgotten, this cultivar is back in cultivation. Bred by Emile Mouillere, France, in 1909. RHS Awards: AM 1947, AGM 1992."

From "Hydrangea's for American Gardens" by Michael A. Dirr: overcrowed heads; free-flowering; flowers on terminal and side shoots; entire, overlapping sepals; one of the easiest for drying. If picked pink, they'll dry lime green; if picked blue, they'll turn blue-green. About the plant form: " tall slender stems; flat medium green leaves; speckled stems; reddish nodes. Blooms early in the south (May).

No hardiness zone given.


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

North Augusta, South Carolina
Nacogdoches, Texas

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