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Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

May cause mild stomach upset if ingested; contact with foliage may aggravate skin allergies

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

White and Pale Purple in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

hydrangea Villosa Group

Family

Hydrangeaceae


Hydrangea can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, or self-clinging climbers, with flowers in clusters usually comprising both small fertile and more showy sterile flowers; often good autumn colour

H. aspera Villosa Group is a large upright deciduous shrub with large, velvety ovate leaves. Flowers mauve, in flat heads to 20cm in width, with white sterile florets, in late summer

Synonym(s)

  • Hydrangea villosa

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Diseases

Generally disease free