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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mathilda Gutges'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mathilda Gutges
Additional cultivar information: (aka Mathilda Gges, Mathilda Guges)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
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:
Medium Blue
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive k1870 On May 5, 2008, k1870 from Fenton, MI wrote:

The Hydrangea that I have will produce flowers from green, blue or pink depending on the acid level of the soil.

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

Looking at references on this hydrangea, I seem to find some conflicts. According to the authors of "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press), this cultivar grows to 3', has serrate sepals, changes color easily and is not easily obtainable in the trade.

In "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), it says that this cultivar is 4'-5' tall and has lustrous dark green leaves; flowers mid to late season and may have pink, blue, or violet flowers or a combination of all 3. Sepals are sharply dentate to entire. Dirr notes that this may be the same hydrangea known as 'Royal Purple'.

I have two one-year-old 'Royal Purple' hydrangea given to me by a grower in fall of 2003. In summer of 2004 these had overwintered successfully but did not flower (probably too young), by fall had grown to approximately 12" tall and were well branched.

As no zone hardiness is listed for this hydrangea, I am proceeding by protecting these well and have them in a protected location. I will update this when/if I get my first flowers as to whether these are truely 'Mathilde Gutges' according to descriptions.


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

Livermore, California
Baltimore, Maryland
Fenton, Michigan
Buffalo, New York
North Providence, Rhode Island

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