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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Masja'

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

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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


Other details:
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem 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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Broadview_Hosta On Jul 20, 2010, Broadview_Hosta from Seattle, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Masja is a beautiful upright plant (not spreading out much), that produces medium sized blooms. Pacific NW soils are acid - so the blooms are dark blue to purple. I love including these flowers in a mixed flower bouquet -- they last over a week!

Positive SQue On Jun 29, 2010, SQue from Canton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

ZONE 7 - Atlanta, GA
I love this hydrangea. The leaves are thick and a glossy deep green, the flowers large and substantial with thick stems that don't droop when heavy with rain. Masja is a majestic flowering shrub and makes a fabulous foundation plant in an area where you don't mind that it is deciduous. They are gorgeous in masse. Here in Atlanta some of my 4 year old Masja are reaching 5 which is much taller than the reported 3. I also have several planted in full sun in an oceanfront location on Amelia Island, Zone 8a, and they are absolutely happy. Soil acidity has had only a limited effect on the flower color. Deep pink (slightly tinged with purple in our acid Atlanta soil) with cobalt blue central Anthers, the blooms are more than impressive and very long lasting.

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

According to the authors of "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press), " Low compact shrub to 3'. Flowerheads perfectly rounded, very uniform warm red in alkaline to rich blue/purple in acid soil. Frequently flowers twice a year. Very suitable as a pot plant. A sport of 'Alpengluhen'. Similar or identical to 'Sibylla', 'Sybilla'.

Other notes: not particularly cold hardy. No zone given.


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

Canton, Georgia
Hurlock, Maryland
Jersey City, New Jersey
Sidney, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Shoreline, Washington

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