• Overview
    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.
  • Detail
    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
    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 & Lore
    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.