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Hydrangea involucrata 'Hortensis' (d)

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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 H3-4 (intermediate between H3 and H4)

Colour

Flower

White and Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

hydrangea 'Hortensis'

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

'Hortensis' is a small deciduous shrub with broadly ovate leaves. Flowers numerous, all sterile, double, creamy-white or pinkish in sun, in clusters, in late summer

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