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‘Mathilda Gutges’ Bigleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mathilda Gutges'

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This compact shrub bears attractive deep green leaves and large, rounded flower heads of deep pink in neutral soil, and intense violet-blue in acidic soil.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis is one of the most widely recognized species of hydrangeas, and 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. 

CareGrow in moist, but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. Provide shelter from drying winds. This hydrangea flowers 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
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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  1. user-7006962 05/30/2014

    Will this rebloom? I got one in full beautiful bloom for Mother's Day and I repotted into bigger pot. I am thinking it will not rebloom this year?

  2. Denisey 04/11/2017

    I see that the one comment is from 3 years ago. Let me say that this plant will not flower in the north end of it's range since flower buds set in the fall (and freeze off in the winter). Not really fair not to say that in the description above.

  3. user-7008539 05/08/2017

    I guess it's not like the Endless Summer hydrangeas.

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