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Tiny Tuff Stuff Mountain Hydrangea Hydrangea serrata

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
  • Summer
Mature Size
24" 24"
Height
18 - 24"
Spread
18 - 24"
  • Details

    Features

    Very hardy reblooming hydrangea!  We love Hydrangea serrata because they are so bud hardy and bloom reliably.

    This is a real beauty, with flowers so delicate and refined that it seems strange to call them tough - but they are. As mentioned, extremely bud-hardy, each year it produces abundant lacecap flowers comprised of doubled sepals. It is a rebloomer. While this plant leans to blue, the flower color may range from blue to pink to white, all soft, delicate shades perfect for refined gardens.

    The flowers age to an attractive pink, and tip down in a distinctive arching fashion. It has smaller, narrower leaves and an abundance of dainty flowers that cover the plant every summer. It has never failed to bloom in our western Michigan trial gardens. Add aluminum sulfate to the soil to encourage blue flower color.

    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    18 - 24 Inches
    Spacing: 
    18 - 24 Inches
    Spread: 
    18 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Blue
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Shade: 
    Blue flowers in acidic soil, pink in more alkaline soil.
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    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: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Landscapes

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Soil will affect bloom color. In acidic soils with good aluminum availability the flowers will be blue. They will turn lavender-pink in more acidic soils. Pruning is generally not needed, but the plant may be shaped immediately after the first bloom of the season.

     

     

     

    Tiny Tuff Stuff Hydrangea serrata 'MAKD' USPP 24,842, Can 5,125
  • 15 Reviews

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    • I bought this at my local greenhouse last year, planted it in a sunny area and had blooms all summer that were beautiful, always changing and morphing in color as they remained blooming. It is just wonderful! This year it is coming in very vigorously and very healthy, Can't wait for the show to begin. The foliage is lovely as well. As far as I am concerned this is the perfect small shrub. Nothing to prune, except the dead blossom stem in the spring. I am planning to buy several more. Ultimate in easy care and beauty.

      Lucy Palmer
      , Maine
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • I planted three of these on the north side of a cedar fence where they get sun and shade in the location. They quickly grew into full size within 2 seasons. Flowering the first year was skimpy. The leaves would wilt during late afternoon from the blast of west sun. They are thriving now and producing TONS of blooms are are gorgeous when I tweaked their care. Here is what I did to get them established and flourishing. When planted I supplemented the soil with worm castings and organic fertilizer. I water them when I notice the leaves drooping. In July/August this means everyday watering. I feed them heavily using time release Osmocote Smart-Release. Indoor and Outdoor Plant Food at least two times during summer. The first time I fed them they produced a thick cover of pink lilac colored flowers , re blooming later in summer a smaller show of flowers. They like moist soil, and droop when too dry. I do not prune them, their shape is nice without pruning, and in spring they bloom on new and old wood. I love this small shrub and the extra water and plant food rewards you with tons of delicate lacey flowers to enjoy. They must get enough water and plant food. I wish I could post a photo of them in full bloom they are gorgeous.

      Lynne McGuire
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 23 weeks ago
    • This is easily one of my favourites! Great blooms and the bees go crazy for it. I planted 3 in 2018 and bought 3 more this past summer! Can’t say enough about this outstanding little shrub!!!

      Sandie Harman
      , Canada
      , 40 weeks ago
    • This is easily one of my favourites! Great blooms and the bees go crazy for it. I planted 3 in 2018 and bought 3 more this past summer! Can’t say enough about this outstanding little shrub!!!

      Sandie Harman
      , Canada
      , 40 weeks ago
    • I planted 3 of these in spring 2017. The first year only a few blooms early and then no more though the plants grew a lot of new foliage. I moved them to where they'd enjoy more moist soil. One plant had a few blooms low down on old wood, the other two no blooms. They have all grown lots of new good looking foliage but never a bloom on any new wood. I have been a Master Gardener since 2009 and believe these shrubs to be well-place and cared for. Disappointing to not have blooms. They receive about 5 hours of early morning sun.

      DiAnne Hatch
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted 3 of these in spring 2017. The first year only a few blooms early and then no more though the plants grew a lot of new foliage. I moved them to where they'd enjoy more moist soil. One plant had a few blooms low down on old wood, the other two no blooms. They have all grown lots of new good looking foliage but never a bloom on any new wood. I have been a Master Gardener since 2009 and believe these shrubs to be well-place and cared for. Disappointing to not have blooms. They receive about 5 hours of early morning sun.

      DiAnne Hatch
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted 3 of these in spring 2017. The first year only a few blooms early and then no more though the plants grew a lot of new foliage. I moved them to where they'd enjoy more moist soil. One plant had a few blooms low down on old wood, the other two no blooms. They have all grown lots of new good looking foliage but never a bloom on any new wood. I have been a Master Gardener since 2009 and believe these shrubs to be well-place and cared for. Disappointing to not have blooms. They receive about 5 hours of early morning sun.

      DiAnne Hatch
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted 3 of these in spring 2017. The first year only a few blooms early and then no more though the plants grew a lot of new foliage. I moved them to where they'd enjoy more moist soil. One plant had a few blooms low down on old wood, the other two no blooms. They have all grown lots of new good looking foliage but never a bloom on any new wood. I have been a Master Gardener since 2009 and believe these shrubs to be well-place and cared for. Disappointing to not have blooms. They receive about 5 hours of early morning sun.

      DiAnne Hatch
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted 3 of these in spring 2017. The first year only a few blooms early and then no more though the plants grew a lot of new foliage. I moved them to where they'd enjoy more moist soil. One plant had a few blooms low down on old wood, the other two no blooms. They have all grown lots of new good looking foliage but never a bloom on any new wood. I have been a Master Gardener since 2009 and believe these shrubs to be well-place and cared for. Disappointing to not have blooms. They receive about 5 hours of early morning sun.

      DiAnne Hatch
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted 5 of these in the spring and now that it is mid-July I am having doubts that these little hydrangeas can really thrive in full sun. They started out huge and green and their leaves have quickly turned purple and then brown. I have a pretty green thumb and haven't had a problem like this before so I'm pretty sure I'm not over/under watering. They are still producing new leaves so I'll give them a chance, but they might do better with a bit more shade than the tag stated.

      Lauren
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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