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Hydrangea paniculata (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Hydrangea paniculata (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Zones 4-9, 14-24, 31, 32, 34, 39
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Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangeaceae (Saxifragaceae)
Deciduous, Shrubs, Flowers

HYDRANGEA

Big, bold leaves and large clusters of long-lasting flowers in white, pink, red, or blue. Summer and fall bloom. Flower clusters may contain sterile flowers (conspicuous, with large, petal-like sepals) or fertile flowers (small, starry petaled); or they may feature a cluster of small fertile flowers surrounded by a ring of big sterile ones (these are called lacecap hydrangeas). Sterile flowers last for a long time (often holding up for months), gradually fading in color.

Hydrangea aspera
Hydrangea aspera

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Hydrangea aspera

From eastern Asia. Imposing shrub to 10–12 ft. tall, spreading nearly as wide. Dark green, somewhat hairy leaves to 10 in. long and 4 in. wide. Rather flat, 10-in. flower clusters contain purplish white to pink fertile flowers surrounded by 1-in. white, pink, or purple sterile blooms. Prune in late dormant season. To make a broad, many-stemmed plant, cut back hard for first 3 years; flowering will be delayed, but the plant’s form will be improved. 

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