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Hydrangea serrata ‘O Amacha Nishiki’
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Japanese Mountain Hydrangea

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 serrata ‘O Amacha Nishiki’ full sun  partial shade

Selected by the late great plantsman J. C. Raulston, this rare Japanese cultivar boasts dainty lacecaps with lilac or pink-blushed white florets poised upon a mesmerizing mound of gold dusted green deciduous leaves. Pink petioles and rich maroon and red fall colors further highlight the extraordinary 5 in. long variegated foliage. Named after the sweet tasting amacha, a Japanese tea crafted from its dried leaves, 'O Amacha Nishiki' is a small-statured star specimen that's well-suited for a mixed planting. It appreciates rich adequately moist soil and protection from harsh afternoon sun inland, though tolerates full sun near the coast.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 3-1/2'–4' 0" high x 3-1/2'–4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hydrangea serrata ‘O Amacha Nishiki’ (S-0774)
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