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Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap 'Lemon Wave'

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: Lemon Wave
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Alameda, California

Clayton, California

Jackson, Michigan

Vineland, New Jersey

East Rochester, New York

Newport, Oregon

North Augusta, South Carolina

Chesapeake, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

Stoughton, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 23, 2014, Boborama from Vandercook Lake, MI wrote:

After 8 years this $5.00 Home Depot plant is the most striking plant in my zone 5B garden. Although it dies back to the ground each winter, it grows back to a 4 foot tall/wide shrub with foliage displaying 4 distinct colors (bright yellow, white, green, and gray) sometimes on the same leaf. With foliage like this, any flowers (once in 8 years) are just icing on the cake.


On Apr 2, 2012, newbiehavinfun from Vineland, NJ wrote:

I think this is one hydrangea that is very sensitive to winter die-back. While the foliage is absolutely gorgeous, mine are small because they die back every year. I've only had one flower and it was a very pretty blue. I think this would do better in warmer areas.


On Jul 20, 2010, Broadview_Hosta from Seattle, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I simply love this lacecap hydrangea! My yard soil is rather acid, so the blooms on this take on a blue ting, with a stronger blue on the center bloom buds. It does very well with part sun and rich soil amendments. The foliage is outstanding.


On Dec 7, 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):

Variegated green/white leaves with bright yellow splotches or edges. More colorful than 'Marieshii Variegata', like all variegated types, it can revert. Medium sized. The flowerheads are small, white, pink or light blue and unimportant, the plant being sold mostly for it's foliage.