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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 3B, 4-9, 14-24, 28-34, 39
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Moderate

Hydrangea serrata

Hydrangeaceae (Saxifragaceae)
Deciduous, Shrubs

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 serrata (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Hydrangea serrata (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Hydrangea serrata

This shrub from Korea and Japan resembles H. macrophylla. Grows to 4–6 ft. tall and wide. The following selections have lacecap flowers. ‘Beni Gaku’ has pale blue fertile blooms surrounded by white, red-edged sterile flowers that age to rosy purple. ‘Bluebird’ has deep blue fertile flowers surrounded by pale blue sterile ones. ‘Fuji Waterfall’ is compact, just 3–4 ft. tall and a little wider, with double white sterile flowers on long stems that appear to dance above the flower heads. ‘Woodlander’ is compact, to 4 ft. tall and wide, with leaves that age to a dusky purple; nice contrast with the dainty white to shell pink sterile flowers. Prune all after bloom. 

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