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Plum Passion® Hydrangea

Hydrangea aspera

This first ever purple leaved Hydrangea for American Gardens was discovered in China and brought to us by Dan Hinkley. A unique shrub with greenish purple new foliage, the leaves aging to deep purple with rosy purple undersides. Wispy flowers nicely contrast with the dramatic, colorful foliage. Excellent fall color. Deciduous.
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Your climate might be too cold for this plant: 6


Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationhy-DRAIN-juh AS-per-uh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsAnemone (Anemone); Azalea (Azalea); Camellia (Camellia); Holly (Ilex); Hosta (Hosta); Rhododendron (Rhododendron)

Thrives in fertile, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil with partial or dappled shade; tolerates more sun in cooler climates. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply balanced fertilizer monthly during the growing season. Remove spent flowers to promote continued bloom.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

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