Hydrangea aspera ssp. macrophylla

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Hydrangea aspera
  • PRONUNCIATION: hye-DRAN-ja AS-purr-A
  • COMMON NAME: Rough-leaved Hydrangea
  • FAMILY: Hydrangeaceae
  • NATIVITY: Southern China, Taiwan, India, Himalaya
  • GROWTH HABIT: Large, erect deciduous shrub
  • SIZE: 4-7' height by 4-6' wide
  • HARDINESS: Zone 7-9
  • CULTURE: Shade, even moisture, tolerant of high pH (chalky soils), and the flower (sepal) colors tend not to be affected by pH; prune after flowering.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Single use or in masses; woodland
  • FOLIAGE: 8-9" long, coarse-textured leaves with undulating surface, rich velvety pubescence, grayish pubescent below, bristly pubescent stems.
  • BUDS:
  • BARK: Brown flaking
  • FLOWER: 5-6" diameter, flat, lacey clusters with a ring of white, sterile flowers that surround blue fertile flowers in the center.July to early August.
  • FRUIT:
  • PESTS: Japanese beetles


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