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Paraplu® Bigleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla

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Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
36" 36"
Height
30 - 36"
Spread
30 - 36"

This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
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    Features

    Intense color. Doubled florets.

    Salt Tolerant

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Spread: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Pink. Lavender in more acidic soils.
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Moderate
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses: 
    Dried Flower
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Landscapes

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers moist, well-drained soils. May be trimmed after flowering. Soil pH will affect flower color. Protect overwinter in colder climates.

    Tim Wood of Spring Meadow Nursery (Grand Haven, MI) is a bit biased when it comes to Paraplu® Hydrangea because it is a plant that he developed. It was a total accident that came out of a breeding project to develop variegated flowered hydrangeas. All of the plants in this particular cross had doubled florets and thick plastic-like leaves, but none of the seedlings had variegated flowers. This plant was the best of the lot so we introduced it. Paraplu is typically a bright pink but can be easily turned to a rich purple by treating it with aluminum sulfate. Sometimes, mistakes can make for great plants.

    Mophead blooms of rich, vibrant florets range from candy pink to intense hot pink. There may be some purple in lower pH soils. The florets are doubled, and arch downward like a phalanx of dainty umbrellas. It's a stunning effect! Paraplu holds up well in the heat, and has also stood up to the rigors of Midwestern winters. Its compact habit and glossy foliage make it a very handsome plant even before it blooms.

    Paraplu® Hydrangea macrophylla ''SMHMP1'' USPP 25,900, Can 5,134
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