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Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Mophead 'Goliath'

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: Goliath
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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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:

Mid Summer



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

Aptos, California

Newberry, South Carolina

Arlington, Virginia

Ashburn, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 16, 2014, Jessap from Aptos, CA wrote:

This hydrangea has the most beautiful deep pink color. I have 7 different hydrangea cultivars in my yard and this is my favorite. It glows in the shade. I will have to figure out how to add a photo because the one here obviously isn't flattering. Highly recommended.


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

From the "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas," (Van Gelderen -2004)," A vigorous growing shrub up to 5'. Corymbs large, 8'-9' across, sepals equally large, heart shaped, soft pink or pale blue. The plant needs some protection in a harsh winter. According to Haworth-Booth, it is suitable for seaside plantings. Bred by F. Matthes, Germany, in 1923."

No hardiness zone listed.

From "Hydrangeas for American Gardens" by Michael A. Dirr: One of the finest for seaside gardens; not particularly cold hardy." Deep pink in alkaline soil, purplish-blue, french blue, royal blue in acid soils. Flowers have serrated sepals. Free flowering, good for drying, blooms mid-season.