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Plants: Big Leaf Hydrangea

Plants: Big Leaf Hydrangea

Plants: Big Leaf Hydrangea

 

Hydrangea Macrophylla the Big Leaf HydrangeaHydrangea macrophylla, commonly known as 'Bigleaf Hydrangea' is a decidous flowering shurb prized for its large flowers and dense foliage. Many people associate the Big Leaf form of hydrangea with coastal communities of New England, where they are often used as a foundation plant, and grown in hedges. With many varieties available today, hydrangea macrophylla are ideal for almost any setting! 

 

While many people associate their large blue flower heads with hydrangea, they are actually available in many colors. Even more intresting is that hydrangea flower color is affected by soil acidity. Generally, the more acid the soil conditions, the more deep blue their flowers will be. Gardners can actually change hydrangea flower color by changing the pH level of the soil in which hydrangea grow.

 

 

 

General Characteristics:

 

Hardiness: USDA Zone 5-7
Bloom Time: Summer to Fall 
Bloom Color: Each is a different shade of pink or blue (dependent upon pH)
Foliage Color: Glossy Green
Fall Color: Foliage remains glossy green, Bears dried flower-heads into the Fall
Size: 1-8 Ft
Exposure: Prefers morning sun with partial to dappled shade in the afternoons
Soil: Well-drained, organic-matter rich soil

 

Check out these popular varieties of Hydrangea Macrophylla (Big Leaf Hydrangea):

 

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Glowing Embers' Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Glowing Embers’
Glowing Embers Hydrangea 
Features: Pink to Red mophead flowers in July to August
Habit: Rounded
Size: 3-5’ T x 3-5’ W Exposure: Part shade/sun
   
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pia' ('Elf') Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Pia’ (‘Elf’)
Pia Hydrangea 
Features: Small, pink mophead flowers in July to August
Habit: Dwarf, Rounded
Size: 18-24” T x 18-24” W Exposure: Part shade/sun 
   
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink Beauty' Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Pink Beauty’
Pink Beauty Hydrangea 
Features: Pink mophead flowers in July to August
Habit: Rounded
Size: 3-5’ T x 3-5’ W Exposure: Part shade/sun 
   
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue' Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nikko Blue’
Nikko Blue Hydrangea 
Features: Deep blue mophead flowers in July to August; blooms on new wood
Habit: Rounded
Size: 4-6’ T x 4-6’ W Exposure: Part shade/sun 
   
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac' Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Penny Mac’
Penny Mac Hydrangea 
Features: Deep blue mophead flowers in July to October; blooms on new wood
Habit: Rounded
Size: 3-5’ T x 3-5’ W Exposure: Part shade/sun 
   
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mini Penny' Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mini Penny’
Mini Penny Hydrangea 
Features: Small, deep blue mophead flowers in July to October; blooms on new wood 
Habit: Dwarf; Rounded
Size: 2-3’ T x 2-3’ W Exposure: Part shade/sun 
   
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride' Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blushing Bride’
Blushing Bride Hydrangea
Features: Pure white mophead flowers turning blush pink or blue in June to October; blooms reliably on new and old wood; extremely hardy
Habit: Rounded
Size: 3-5’ T x 3-5’ W Exposure: Part shade/sun
   
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer' Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’
The Original Endless Summer® Hydrangea
Features: Deep blue mophead flowers in June to October; lush, large, green foliage; new blooms reliably on new and old wood; extremely hardy
Habit: Rounded
Size: 3-5’ T x 3-5’ W Exposure: Part shade/sun
   
Color Fantasy(TM) Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla 'Color Fantasy'
Color Fantasy™ Hydrangea 
Features: Red mop head flowers in late June to September. Shiny, green-black foliage.   In fall the leaves turn a strong shade of red.  
Habit: Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height: 2-3’  Spread: 2-3’  Exposure: Part shade/sun 
   
Learn More about Hydrangea Varieties and their Care!

 

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