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Tiny Tuff Stuff Mountain Hydrangea Hydrangea serrata

(11 REVIEWS)
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"

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.

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  • 8
  • 9
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    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
  • 11 Reviews

    • 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
      5 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      5 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      5 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      5 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      5 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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
      12 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      12 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      12 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • This hydrangea is gorgeous, I get so many compliments on it! It has grown pretty quick and every year I get an abundance of pretty flowers!

      Jennifer Winship
      British Columbia
      Canada
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I have had two Tiny Tuff Stuff's in my Zone 5 garden and they are truly tough. They grow well. I do not mulch them extra for winter, though they have their regular summer mulch of shredded, dried leaves. They are amongst the very first plants in my yard to start budding and opening leaves in spring. They are rated for full sun/part sun. Mine get about 3-1/2 hours of sun and blooms like mad. Truly one of my favorite plants. There's an oddity about them. They can't seem to hold their flowers up very well and so the flower-bearing stems bend down somewhat, so that the flowers fall like a corona around the plants, with bushy new growth bursting upward from the centre. Still very lovely. There are no instructions on this website whether/how to fertilize them.

      Anne
      British Columbia
      Canada
      1 year ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
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