Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap 'Veitchii'

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: Veitchii
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

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

Marietta, Georgia

East Northport, New York

Arlington, Tennessee

Nacogdoches, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 2, 2012, frk040 from East Northport, NY wrote:

Planted 6 of these in fall 2009 in poor compacted soil and almost dense shade. Plants have responded well to these adverse conditions and bloomed every year. Sprawling habit not a problem.


On Jul 21, 2005, shimer from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I agree with notes posted by wooffi. Veitchii has a sprawling habit, which in the first 2 years looked a little sloppy. This is my plant's 3rd year, and I decided to plant some other smaller hydrangeas several feet out to so the base doesn't look quite so unruly. Foliage is a wonderful, rich dark green, and is highly frost and mildew resistant. Large white sepals are really striking against the blue fertile flowers and the dark foliage. Mature plant should reach at least 7'-8'.


On Jul 11, 2005, wooffi from Arlington, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Pretty large plant up 4 ft. Possibly crossed with H. macrophylla.
Pure white lacecap, with plue fertile centers. Early bloomer.
Does well in Southern heat an humid conditions.


On Dec 8, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

From the sources "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), and "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press):

Considered one of the most beautiful, robust, and hardiest of lacecaps. Large shrub, about 5' and sometimes wider than tall. Flowerheads have many florets, white (aging to pink or green depending on shade), surrounding fertile flowers of pink or blue-purple. Gorgeous shrub. Dark green foliage is fairly frost tolerant and the plant has high mildew resistance. Grows in all kinds of conditions.