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HYDRANGEA macrophylla (ENDLESS SUMMER®)

Image of Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer' (ENDLESS SUMMER®, ENDLESS SUMMER® SERIES) PP15298

James H. Schutte

Family

Hydrangeaceae

Botanical Name

HYDRANGEA macrophylla 'Bailmer'( ENDLESS SUMMER®, ENDLESS SUMMER® SERIES) PP15298

Plant Common Name

Bigleaf Hydrangea, Endless Summer® Bigleaf Hydrangea, Largeleaf Hydrangea

General Description

The merits of the everblooming hydrangea, Endless Summer®, are great. From summer to early fall it produces lots of large, mophead flower clusters that may be pink or blue. It is remarkably cold hardy for a hydrangea and also boasts a compact habit and mildew resistant, glossy foliage.

The deep green leaves of this deciduous shrub first appear in spring. By early summer, it produces lots of large, rounded flower clusters (hortensia-type) with many showy, sterile flowers of light violet-blue or pink. It blooms on new wood and will flower from summer through fall if its spent flowers are cut off. Color varies depending on soil pH. Plants grown in moderately acid soil produce bluer flowers, while those planted in neutral to slightly alkaline soil produce pinker flowers. The leaves offer no significant fall color.

This hydrangea prefers moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil and will happily grow in full sun or partial shade. Unlike many other varieties, Endless Summer® blooms on new wood and has no cold requirement, which allows plants to flower freely. This is an outstanding landscape shrub for partially shaded gardens and foundations. Its colorful mopheads make wonderful, long-lasting cut flowers too.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Blue, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Red, Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No