Bigleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla


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  • Deeply colorful blooms
  • Mophead
  • Glossy foliage

Don't be grouchy - add Wee Bit Grumpy hydrangea to your product mix today! It combines the best of both worlds, with the handsome appeal and fast production times of florist hydrangeas with the rugged durability of a landscape plant. Though it is beautiful grown in untreated soil, it is positively irresistible treated with aluminum sulfate, turning an array of deep, moody purples that will fly off the shelf at retail. 

Read our instructions on blueing hydrangeas in production.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.8°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 2'

Width 2.5'

Finish Time 0.5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer rebloomer

Flower Color Pink, Blue

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Moist but well drained soils are best. Bigleaf hydrangeas may wilt in dry soils but also cannot take soggy conditions for any period of time. Tolerant of a range of soil pH levels, however, soil pH will influence flower color.

Pruning Avoid pruning bigleaf hydrangeas, except to remove any dead wood. These hydrangeas cannot be cut back or trimmed at any time of the year without impacting the bloom for either the current season or the next.

Uses Bigleaf hydrangeas are classic choices for flower gardens, cottage gardens, and seaside plantings. They also make a showy addition to foundation plantings and can be used for low hedges or edging.

Growing Tips Bigleaf hydrangeas benefit from a good layer of shredded bark mulch and afternoon shade, particularly in hotter climates. Apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs (like a rose fertilizer) if leaves start to yellow.