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Hydrangea aspera
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Villosa Group

Hydrangea

The name Hydrangea, means “water vessel,” given for its cup-shaped seed vessels. A genus of diverse forms, Hydrangeas are commonly found throughout Asia, from the Himalayas to Taiwan and Japan, with the exception of two species, Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea quercifolia, which are native to North America.

Easily grown, this shrub’s lush deciduous leaves are best suited to loose, moist soil in the shade of tall trees or on the north side of the house. If, like us, you’ve tired of the commoner sort, these delicacies will be a welcome surprise.

Hydrangea aspera full sun  partial shade  new plant

An elegant deciduous mainstay for dappled shade or north-facing sites, this magnificent large rounded Hydrangea headlines good-sized bluish purple lace caps and big ovate-shaped dark green foliage that imparts a velvet-soft tropical aspect. Pronounced knob-like deep rose-hued buds appear early, but wait ’til late summer to unfurl an iridescent delicacy of dense pale blue heads ringed with serrated mauve florets. Adored by bees, fabulous in dried arrangements and highly responsive to pruning, show-stopping ‘Villosa’ guarantees long lasting end-of-the-season grandeur.

Blooms August–October

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high x 6' 0"–8' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hydrangea aspera (S-0049)
Each $14.75
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