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Hydrangea 'Preziosa'

Hydrangea 'Preziosa'
Hydrangea 'Preziosa'
Hydrangea 'Preziosa'
When they first open, the flowers are nearly white

Synonym(s) Hydrangea serrata, Hydrangea macrophylla
Family hydrangeaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-9)
Flowers white/lavender changing to burgundy (summer-fall)
Size 3-4'
Light part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist, fertile soil

My identification of this lovely hydrangea is tentative, since I lost records of its original purchase - but it's a close fit suggested by online gardening friends (let me know if you disagree). What I am sure of is that it's our favorite hydrangea. It stays compact and full-foliaged throughout the year. The flowers start in June on the light end of the spectrum - white tinged with pink or lavender. As the summer progresses, they undergo a range of color changes through the purple hues, to wind up in late summer as deep burgundy clusters. Then they persist on the shrub well into fall.
Our specimen is planted close to the house and gets morning and evening sun. It prefers to be protected from hot afternoon sun, unless its soil is reliably moist. Probably due to its sheltered location, we have lots of flowers every year, even after more severe winters.

Hydrangea 'Preziosa'
multicolor splendor
Hydrangea 'Preziosa'
yet another color on the same plant

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

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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