Penny Mac Hydrangea
Penny Mac Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac'Item #2375 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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This wildly popular selection requires minimal care, yet provides a prolific display of fantastic mophead flowers repeatedly throughout summer - perfect for the time-pressed gardener! Blooms tend to be blue in acid soils and pink in more alkaline soils. Mass for a dramatic effect or combine with perennials and shrubs in beds and borders. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing, 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hye-DRAYN-jee-uh mak-ro-FIL-laPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing, 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Summer through fallFlower color:BlueDesign IdeasPenny Mac is the perfect shrub for the lazy gardener, deserving a spot front and center of the landscape where it will provide fabulous summer-long color with little care. Plant in dappled shade with other acid loving plants. Great for borders, foundation plantings and in mass. Place at the edge of a woodland area with low growing perennials planted in the foreground. A beautiful addition to an Asian garden or container planting. If desired, let the old stems with flowers tie over until the next spring to support new growth and prolific flowering without staking.Companion PlantsPlant with white and blue blooming Pieris, Camellia, Astilbe, Clematis and Lilyturf for a moonlight garden effect or brighten a woodland setting and offset the beautiful blue blooms with yellow tinted Potentilla, Coral Bells, and Oregon Grape Holly.
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained, humus rich, acidic soil. Follow a regular watering schedule to establish a deep, extensive root system. Soil and water pH influences flower color. Consult a nursery professional for amendments suitable for your area.Pruning time: summer after flowering. blooms on new wood..Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Macrophyllas are the most widely planted of the 80 species of genus Hydrangea. It originated 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. Penny Mac was first introduced by Mrs. Penny McHenry of Atlanta, Georgia, founder of the American Hydrangea Society. She received the original plant as a gift in 1975 and in 2000 gave specimens to Dr. Michael A. Dirr at the University of Georgia, Dept. of Horticulture. He in turn , brought this cultivar to the attention of the home gardener.