Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Mophead 'Blushing Bride'

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: Blushing Bride
Additional cultivar information:(PP17169 , Endless Summer series; aka Endless Summer Blushing Bride)
Hybridized by Dirr
Registered or introduced: 2005
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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

Light Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Light Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

San Jose, California

Gulf Breeze, Florida

Seminole, Florida

Cornelia, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Naperville, Illinois

Terre Haute, Indiana

Ankeny, Iowa

Junction City, Kansas

Falmouth, Maine

Lutherville Timonium, Maryland

Norton, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Hastings, Michigan

Oxford, Michigan

Jefferson, New York

Port Washington, New York

Arden, North Carolina

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

, Nova Scotia

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hilliard, Ohio

Jenks, Oklahoma

Columbia, Tennessee

Garland, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Irvington, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Buckley, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 3, 2016, LynnPritchard from Richmond, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I am in zone 7 in VA. I planted several Blushing Brides in full sun this spring. We have had a brutally hot summer with much withering sun. The Blushing Brides have been miserable and have wilted badly every day in the sun, even though I water them early in the am every few days to try to get them through. I have just cut them back to try to give them less plant to support in an effort to get them through the remainder of the warm months. I'll give them next year and see if they can deal with the location in which they're planted. If not, I'm moving them to a shady spot.


On Aug 6, 2011, nd_garden_gal from Fargo, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

If you are in zone 4 and want flowers, this is not the plant for you. While the original Endless Summer flowers well, the Blushing Bride variety doesn't. It comes back (slowly) and has beautiful dark green foliage, but doesn't really flower. I have two plants that have survived and returned for 3 years, but no flowers. My mom has one plant and has had 1 flower in 3 years. I think they now classify this one as zone 5 because of it.


On Oct 27, 2008, WaterCan2 from Eastern Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grew mine in Partial Shade, Soil Ph 6.0. Early summer the flower heads start off pearly white with a slight hint of pink, the 'blush' deepens within days to a light pink. By Fall when its leaves are about to drop, its flower heads are a dark pink. Prefers regular watering.


On Nov 14, 2007, WigglyPaw from Hastings, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

started late with a poor forgotten hyd mac blushing bride.
she has grown leaps and bloomed this first year. incredible.
am very happy so far.
will add pix next year of her, if she makes it thru our
prarie winter


On May 23, 2007, cdg4806 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Endless summer variety of gorgeous flowers start out white and fade to light pink or blue depending on the acidity of the soil.