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Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’
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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 ‘Bluebird’ full sun  partial shade

Exquisite long blooming lacecaps, whose flowers uniquely turn upside down and reveal pink undersides in late summer, plus brilliant copper red foliar fall colors are ‘Bluebird’s claim to fame. The robust, yet slow growing compact habit is defined by large pointy dark green leaves, unspotted stems and flattened gossamer-like bluish mauve inflorescences, presenting clustered rich blue fertile blossoms and 4 rounded sepals, which create the shape of a cross. Ideal as a deciduous container subject, this cold-hardy AGM recipient exhibits the bluest floral coloration in acidic soil and looks spectacular either en masse or positioned singularly on the fringes of a woodland garden.

Blooms June–October

Size: 3' 0"–5' 0" high x 3' 0"–5' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ (S-0806)
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