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Hydrangea serrata 'Bluebird' (L) AGM

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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

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue and Pink in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

hydrangea 'Bluebird'

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

Lace cap hydrangeas are compact deciduous shrubs with broadly ovate leaves and flat or gently domed clusters of small fertile flowers, with showy sterile flowers around the margin

'Bluebird' is a small deciduous shrub with ovate leaves turning red in autumn. Lace-cap flower-heads with blue fertile flowers surrounded by large pale blue or pale pink sterile florets

Synonym(s)

  • Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bluebird' misapplied
  • Hydrangea serrata 'Acuminata'
  • Hydrangea serrata var. acuminata

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, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or City/Courtyard Gardens


How to care

Diseases

Generally disease free