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Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs regular watering - prefers consistently moist soil.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Repeat Blooming
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Blooms early summer to frost.
Botanical Pronunciation:hye-DRAYN-jee-uh sair-AY-tuh
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth habit:Mounding
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Special features:Easy Care
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Blooms early summer to frost.
Flower color:Pink
Garden styleCottage
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Care Information
Prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun only if given consistent moisture. Supplemental water may be needed in very hot weather. Soil pH affects the flower color; intense pink in slightly acidic to alkaline soils, and bluish in highly acidic soils. Blooms on both new and old wood; prune to shape immediately after the spring bloom. Prune out weak or winter-damaged stems in early spring. Fertilize in spring with a controlled release fertilizer. Protect to minimize damage in harsh winters if grown in zone 5.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs regular watering - prefers consistently moist soil.
History:
Hydrangea serrata is native to moist woodland mountain valleys in Japan. Formerly listed and sold as Hydrangea macrophylla var. serrata, it is similar to big leaf hydrangea (H. macrophylla) except it is a smaller more compact shrub with smaller flowers and leaves. This new selection, (Hydrangea serrata 'MAK20' P.P.A.F.) has been shown to have improved bud and stem hardiness in addition to the ability to flower on new wood.
Lore:
Hydrangea serrata is referred to occasionally as tea of heaven shrub, as it can be used to make a sweet tea. In Japan, ama-cha is an herbal tea made from the leaves, which contain a substance that develops a sweet taste (phyllodulcin). Fresh leaves are crumpled, steamed, and dried, yielding dark brown tea leaves. Ama-cha is mainly used for traditional ceremonies on the day thought to be Buddha's birthday in Japan. In Korea, Hydrangea serrata is used for a herbal tea called sugukcha.