• 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
  • Detail
    Plant type:Hydrangea, Shrub
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Slow to moderate growth to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    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
    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.
    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.


7 Beautiful Shade Solutions Shrubs: Southeast
With coastal influences that create plenty of humidity and inland areas being cold and often snowy, you need shrubs that are not only lovely, but are also MVPs in the...
10 Things Hydrangea Lovers Should Know
You love them. You really love them.  So get to know these blooming beauties a bit better with a few fun facts. (Shop our entire selection.) They grow just about...

Best Shrubs to Attract Pollinators (Northwest)
Gardeners in the PNW have no problems providing pollinators with a diversity of plants on which they depend and which enable them to find the food they need. Shrubs are...
More Blog Posts >