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Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap 'Strawberries & Cream'

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: Strawberries & Cream
Additional cultivar information:(aka Strawberries and Cream)
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms all year


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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Petersburg, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 29, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar was bred for greenhouse production and not for hardiness in the landscape. Enjoy it for a season as an annual in planters, but don't expect good landscape performance where winters are cold. It is being promoted as a "gift" plant like a bunch of cut flowers.

Not to be confused with Hydrangea 'Vanilla Strawberry', which is a different species.


On Nov 29, 2016, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The Gift Hydrangea for indoors - Strawberries & Cream - is a lace cap Hydrangea with a difference - it has stunning dark rosy-red flowers offset with a center having a cluster of lacy white flushed pink buds.
Once finished flowering inside, they can be moved outdoors when the average night time temperature reaches at least 60 degrees. If planting out in the garden, it is often best in mid summer with partial shade when the plant has been outside for a while and hardened to the outside climate.


On Jun 12, 2016, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

The Strawberries & Cream Macrophylla Hydrangea has prospered in my Zone 7A garden in Petersburg, Virginia. I bought one (smaller than a one gallon pot) that was in scrappy condition and marked-down in the garden department of a national home improvement store about five or six years ago. I planted it and mainly kept it from being engulfed by the other plants in my "cottage garden". I did occasionally toss it some hydrangea fertilizer. It didn't bloom much after the winters of 2014 and 2015, which were colder than usual, when all the hydrangeas that bloom in old wood were blighted. This spring, it is gorgeous! It has grown to about 3 X 3 feet, with many blooms.