Bought two of these plants a month ago, along with two endless summer hydranges from another company. I planted all 4 in the same flower bed in front of my house, which receives morning and afternoon sun, has prime soil conditions, and is protected from extreme wind. The two endless summer varieties are thriving with bright vibrant blooms, but the two Tuff Stuff Red hydrangeas are almost dead. There were a bunch of blooms when I bought the plant but after planting, the leaves all wilted and the blooms turned brown. Not impressed to say the least. I have never had plants die so quickly after planting, not sure this lives up to the "Tuff Stuff" name.
- Part Sun to 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).
This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9
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.
My Current Zone
Colorful, beautiful, reliable.
Tuff Stuff™ Red is the newest edition to the Tuff Stuff series of mountain hydrangeas. These unique hydrangeas fare better in cold weather than their cousins, big-leaf hydrangeas, making them the perfect choice for landscapes and gardens in USDA zones 5 and 6. Large, lacecap flowers are a deep pink-red color which is set off by lustrous, deep green foliage. This reblooming hydrangea begins blooming in early summer on old wood and continues to produce flowers on new wood through autumn, ensuring a showy, abundant display. Small, rounded habit gives Tuff Stuff Red extra versatility in the landscape - grow it as a foundation planting, low hedge, edging, or specimen.
Top three reasons to plant Tuff Stuff™ Red Mountain Hydrangea:
Continuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingDeadheading Not Necessary
- Better bud hardiness than big-leaf hydrangeas means more reliable blooming
- Reblooming, so you can enjoy months of flowers
- Very compact and tidy habit
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:24 - 48 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:GreenFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:RedFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Summer through FallHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Alkaline SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Dried FlowerUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
For best success with Tuff Stuff Red hydrangea:
- Some sun is necessary for best flower production, color, and stem strength. The warmer your climate, the more shade the plant can take, and in very warm areas, afternoon shade is essential.
- avoid pruning this plant except to remove any dead wood or dried blossoms in early spring.
- Fertilize in early spring, after the ground has thawed and before new growth begins, if desired.
- Plant tolerates a range of soil pH, however, flower color will vary depending on whether soil is acid, neutral or alkaline.Fun Facts:
Mountain hydrangeas grow in the same area of Japan as big-leaf hydrangeas, but they grow up in the chilly mountains instead of the mild coast. As a result, they've naturally developed better bud hardiness, which means that it will bloom even after harsh winters in zones 5 and 6.Tuff Stuff™ Red Hydrangea serrata 'SMNMAKTSR' USPP 28,672, Can 5,789
Ashley Fiel, Michigan, United States, 25 weeks ago
Quite possibly the most beautiful hydrangea I’ve grown. Absolutely gorgeous blooms, but it’s the dark leaves and stems that really set this plant apart. It’s also by far the best looking plant I’ve ever mail ordered - huge, healthy and perfectly packaged.Lisa Mason, 33 weeks ago
1st year for this & I LOVE it. Has been fun watching it slowly burst into bloom . . . teaches 1 patience for sure. Its compact size drew me to it & it fit perfectly into a spot where I'd lost a plant. Thank you for always having plants I can trust & count on to perform the way anticipated. So grateful to have a Proven Winners employee in our area!!! Have a great day.Ella Marshall, Ohio, United States, 2 years ago