Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea 'Penny Mac'

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: Penny Mac
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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

Alabaster, Alabama

Mentone, Alabama

Theodore, Alabama

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

Tampa, Florida

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Russell, Kentucky

Gonzales, Louisiana

Cary, North Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Lexington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 7, 2007, seawatch888 from San Diego-ScrippsR, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I live in zone 9b-10 and I have had wonderful success with this hydrangea. It is the first and only one I've ever grown. No insect damage, lots of new growth from center, clean leaves. I used a product to make them turn blue--very beautiful. I grew this plant from a gallon size and this is the end of the second year.


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

Information from both "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004) and "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press). Bred by Penny McHenry and introduced by Louisiana Nurseries, U.S. Strong grower to 5'-6' tall. One of the more frost hardy varieties. Flat medium green leaves, flowers pink to mid blue, age to tones of rose to aquamarine. Flowers on this seasons growth so a good pick for northern gardens.