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Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nigra’
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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 macrophylla ‘Nigra’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

Named for its lustrous, stout ebony-infused deep purple stems, this arresting E. H. Wilson introduction received an RHS First Class Certificate in 1895 and has been popular ever since. Large, plush white-veined bright green leaves garb the undemanding rounded profile, while late season creamy white buds develop into speckled mop-heads that range from rosy mauve to blue, depending on the pH. Grateful for a well-composted mulch and shelter from extracold winter weather, ‘Nigra’ can be planted in eye-catching drifts or as a deciduous specimen in a mixed border.

Blooms June–August

Size: 4' 0"–6' 0" high x 4' 0"–6' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nigra’ (S-0827)
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