Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full shade to partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Improved Disease Resistance
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Botanical Pronunciation:hye-DRAYN-jee-uh mak-ro-FIL-la
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Pink
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Patent 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.
Care Information
Provide 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:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full shade to partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
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'.