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Hydrangea arborescens 'Hayes Starburst'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: arborescens (ar-bo-RES-senz) (Info)
Cultivar: Hayes Starburst

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive womanonamission On Aug 6, 2011, womanonamission from Homewood, IL wrote:

I purchased this plant from Joy Creek Nursery in Oregon and had it delivered in fall. I don't think I got it planted until late September early October after it had been sort of sitting in my nursery area not getting much attention. I planted these in a bed I'd added quite a bit of leaves and compost to and hoped that the plant would survive the winter. In spring the daffodils in this bed were like a small forest so initially I thought I'd lost the three Hayes Starburst I'd planted. Much to my surprise and after a bit of searching I found these plants growing quite well. Not only had they survived the late planting, but the more than 3 feet of snow this past winter! They had not grown significantly, but they are doing well. I probably should have removed the blooms to get the plants to focus on vegetative growth but I just had to see that starburst bloom. I agree the stems are very floppy but I am hoping that once the plant has a few more years of growth with limited pruning and I can put a gate around it, I can alleviate some of the flopping. This was my first expensive hydrangea mail order purchase (because of shipping costs) and I am quite happy with this plant.

Positive Soriana On May 17, 2010, Soriana from Alexandria, VA wrote:

This shrub does have floppy stems, but this makes it particularly well suited to slopes (mine are planted on a slight slope) where it is gorgeous. Easily propagated by layering. In my experience very little care is required.

Negative hortusthird On Oct 14, 2009, hortusthird from Spring Lake, MI wrote:

Weak stems. Very floppy. Beautiful flowers.

Positive N2tropicAL On Sep 11, 2009, N2tropicAL from Anniston, AL wrote:

i discovered this plant in my garden here in central alabama. the plant is very heat tolerant surviving the sweltering summers of central alabama...however, the plant does require sharp drainage. the native soil pH is 4.8. i am located in z8a. just like hydrangea quercifolia, this plant doesnt always thrive or look its best in container conditions. i suggest planting on a slope in a high organic matter soil.

Positive wooffi On Jan 18, 2007, wooffi from Arlington, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hay's Starburst is really a wonderful bloomer, we had them bloom on tiny cuttings. The pictures are from these blooms.

We also proudly hosted Hayes Jackson, (who discovered this plant) last year in our nursery.

Neutral misslucy45 On Jul 17, 2006, misslucy45 from Arlington, WA wrote:

This is not the plant that I want. Does anyone know of a "shooting star" hydrangea? thank you

Positive lmelling On Dec 10, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Hayes Starburst' is a relatively new cultivar that was discovered by Hayes Jackson, Anniston, AL as a self-sown seedling in the garden. The habit is more compact than the species and only grows to 3' to 4' high and wide at maturity. The leaves are narrow, oval, shiny, sharply toothed, wavy margined and dark green. The flowerheads are comprised of sterile, mutiple-sepaled white flowers that in photographs, appear flatter but tapering in several directions rather than the globose heads of the species. Some of the flowers look almost 'starlike' in appearance in the photographs.

Michael A. Dirr reports that the plant appears "persnickety" in his garden and may require cooler conditions that zone 7b. Information from "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004)


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

, (2 reports)
Anniston, Alabama
Lilburn, Georgia
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Homewood, Illinois
Spring Lake, Michigan
Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Tennessee

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