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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hobergine'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hobergine
Additional cultivar information: (aka Hovaria Hobergine)
Hybridized by Hofstede

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood 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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral saya On Aug 28, 2009, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hobergine is named by a play of the words Ho(varia) and (au)bergine..aubergine refers to its color. 'Hobergine' received the Holland Award in 1999.

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 medium-sized shrub up to 3'. The corymbs are puplish black, but can be dark lilac or bluish violet. Trademarked name is HOVARIA. Bred by K. and W. Hofstede, Netherlands, in 1996."

No hardiness zone given.

Positive Wilko On Dec 19, 2002, Wilko from Huissen
Netherlands wrote:

Color can vary in many tints. New variety. Relatively compact growing macrophylla Hydrangea, more tolerant to sun than average.


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

Beverly Hills, Florida
Slidell, Louisiana
Mason, Ohio

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