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Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA3' PPAF

Description

The first red-flowered Hydrangea arborescens! The dark burgundy-red flower buds open to a two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink. It makes excellent cut flowers. The foliage is extra dark and the stems are strong, making this new hydrangea a gem in the container as well as in the garden. It is a strong rebloomer producing gorgeous blossoms well into fall.

Hydrangea arborescens needs 2-3 years in the ground to really come into its own. Older plants fill out and have larger stiffer stems and just have more heft. In sites where there is ample moisture and not too hot, they do best in full sun, resulting in more compact plants. Cutting them back to about 12-18 inches each winter provides a nice balance of numerous shoots with moderate sized inflorescences. Plants will stretch more if grown in the shade and if fertilized heavily.

Seasons of Interest

    Flowers: Mid-summer to frost

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Many species of hydrangea are susceptible to bud blight, bacterial wilt, leaf spots, mold, rust and powdery mildew. Watch for aphids, mites, scale and nematodes. Deer and rabbit may feed on the plant.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#showy flowers#deciduous#wildlife plant#small shrub#moths#cut flowers#mci#pollinator plant#larval host plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#wildlife plant#small shrub#moths#cut flowers#mci#pollinator plant#larval host plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hydrangea
    Species:
    arborescens
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    Caterpillars of the Hydrangea Sphinx moth (Darapsa versicolor) feed on the leaves.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Dehiscent seed capsule which ripen October-November
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Large rich pink, mop head inflorescences, appear mid-summer to frost blooming on new wood, that age to an attractive green. Strong rebloomer. Bloom color is not affected by soil pH.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, broad egg-shaped to rounded, sharply toothed, dark green leaves, on strong, supportive stems, with pale green undersides. Leaves turn yellow in fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Moths
    Pollinators