Midnight Duchess® Hydrangea
Midnight Duchess® Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'HYMMADII' P.P.# 18282Item #4201 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
Lustrous dark green foliage densely spaced along the purple-black stems provides the perfect framework for the extremely large mauve-pink lacecap flowers that mature to green. A striking specimen for cottage and woodland gardens. Disease resistant foliage. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hye-DRAYN-jee-uh mak-ro-FIL-laPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThis plant is a welcome addition all over the garden. Use in mass or as a specimen in a border or container planting. Accents a woodland, Asian or shade garden with year-round interest of blooms and stems.Companion PlantsCombine with acid loving Camellias, Evergreen Azaleas and mixed Ferns. Show off the beautiful purple-black stems in a shaded border or woodland setting against yellow flower and foliage plants like Coral Bells, Oregon Grape Holly, and Aucuba.
- CareCare InformationProvide evenly moist, well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before spring growth. Prune to shape after flowering.Pruning time: summer.Light Needs:Full shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Hydrangea macrophylla is the most widely planted of the 80 species of genus Hydrangea. It originates in Japan although it is believed that plants first introduced to the west were gathered in China. The species was named by Nicolas Seringe of France, but was also known by Viburnum and a more generalized Hydrangea hortensis due to the variations between lacecap and mophead flower types. Developed by one of the world's foremost horticulturalists and breeders, Dr. Michael A. Dirr, in association with the University of Georgia Research Foundation, the Royal Majestics® hydrangeas are part of the Gardener's Confidence® Collection, and were bred and chosen for easy growth, mildew resistance and beautiful bloom. Midnight Duchess® is a seedling selection from 'Nigra' that has proven to show more resistance to mildew, drought and heat than 'Nigra'.