• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow to moderate growth to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Hydrangea, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Slow to moderate growth to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Blue
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Companion PlantsArborvitae (Thuja); Azalea (Azalea); Boxwood (Buxus); Camellia (Camellia); Japanese Maple (Acer)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Best grown in moisture retentive, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Mulch to keep the root zone cool. Prune spent flowers to promote repeat bloom.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    A collection from plant explorer Dan Hinkley's time on Mount Chiri on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula in 1997, discovered on a very steep moss-covered impoverished boulder strewn clearing with his expedition companion, Bleddyn Jones. This was a self-layered lower branch from a specimen possessing sterile florets with double sepals, and made its way from Japan to the United State, by way of Europe. It was given the name 'Chiri-san Sue', after Bleddyn's wife Sue Wynn-Jones, and the mountain on which it was discovered.
    Lore:
    It is often disputed whether Hydrangea serrata is a variety of H. macrophylla, or vice-versa, it is agreed that it is a much hardier species with the ability to bloom on new wood, which in hand makes it highly adaptable to varied climates.