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Bigleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Forever Pink'

This is one of the most widely recognized species of hydrangeas. It boasts a plentiful number of cultivars. The species is divided into two groups: the Hortensias (or “mopheads”) have globe-shaped flowers made up of large male flowers, and the Lacecaps have flattened flower heads, with central, female blossoms ringed in larger, male blossoms. 

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLacy, horizontal blossoms and large globes of flowers in rich colors.

CareGrow in moist, but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. Provide shelter from drying winds. These hydrangeas flower on the previous season's wood, and can be maintained by cutting back just to the first pair of buds beneath the old flower in spring. 

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in early summer, hardwood cuttings in winter

ProblemsGray mold, slugs, powdery mildew, rust, ringspot virus, leaf spots.

  • Genus : Hydrangea
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red, White
  • Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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