Common Name: Bigleaf hydrangea
Origin/Ecology: Native to China and Japan
Habit: Shrub with a rounded habit, typically growing 6-10′ tall and as wide unless damaged by harsh winters or pruned smaller.
Leaves: Elliptic, dark green leaves (4-8″ long).
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite.
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers are borne in late spring to early summer on top of foliage. Flower heads consist of showy flag flowers, which are sterile, and tiny flowers that are fertile. Flowers will be blue where soil has high availability of aluminum, or pink where soil is more alkaline. White blooms result from a mutation that causes flowers to lack chromoplasts .Flowers bloom on large buds formed on previous season’s growth, therefore pruning should be done immediately after flowering.
Water Use, Soil: Drought tolerant once established.
Exposure: Part shade to full shade.
Landscape Uses: Good for group or mass in shrub border. Also good as specimen or accent for foundations and other location, as a hedge, or in containers.
Other Features: Flowers display well cut and/or dried.