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Hydrangea serrata Tuff Stuff™ (Mountain Hydrangea)

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Hydrangea serrata Tuff Stuff™ (Mountain Hydrangea) is a compact, rounded, deciduous shrub laden with delicate lacecap flowers in summer and early fall. The flower heads are composed of large, showy sterile sepals radiating around a central cluster of tiny fertile florets. The florets are bright pink or deep purple-blue, depending on the soil pH. The profuse blossoms are beautifully framed by the foliage of ovate, serrated, dark green leaves. The foliage turns attractive shades of red and purple in the fall. This Mountain Hydrangea selection is noted for its cold tolerance and its ability to repeat flower on new wood. It is an outstanding landscape shrub that is ideal for small gardens.

  • This deciduous shrub has a round, bushy habit, typically growing up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm)
  • A full sun or part shade lover, it is best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerant of sun if the soil remains moist.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Watch for aphids, capsid bug, hydrangea scale and vine weevil.
  • Perfect from foundation plantings to container plantings. Massed in a sheltered location or as an accent plant.
  • To change the color of your Hydrangea, add aluminum sulfate to the soil to make the flowers bluer or add lime to the soil to make them pinker. Treatment should occur ahead of time (late fall or early spring)
  • The tidy habit of this Mountain Hydrangea means no pruning required.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter
  • Hydrangea serrata species is native to Japan and Korea.
  • May cause mild stomach ache if ingested, contact with foliage may aggravate skin allergies.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Hydrangea: Plant Care and Growing Guide


Hydrangea care: Cultivating these beautiful flowers requires attention and finesse to thrive. Here are some tips on how to plant and grow hydrangea successfully.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hydrangeaceae
Genus Hydrangea
Common names Hydrangea, Mountain Hydrangea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hydrangeaceae
Genus Hydrangea
Common names Hydrangea, Mountain Hydrangea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Do I Need?
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