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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'
bigleaf hydrangea

Common name bigleaf hydrangea
Family hydrangeaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z5-9)
Flowers blue/pink (June)
Size 2'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Dependable hydrangea in our garden - it always gets killed to the ground in winter, but it quickly regrows into an attractive shrub, and by late spring it flowers on the new wood - mostly blue, but a little pink sometimes creeps in: our soil must be not quite acidic enough to keep a true blue. Because of the winter-kill, ours never gets taller than about 2'.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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