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Variegated bigleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata'

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This mound-forming shrub has white leaf margins and blue or pink lacecap inflorescences.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLacecap type with contrasting, white-edged leaves.

CareGrow in moist, but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. Provide shelter from drying winds. This plant 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 : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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