Golden Penny hydrangea is the golden egg for a hydrangea collector. The yellow leaf color lights up the bush, like a warm lamp in a room.
Like Penny Mac, Golden Penny Mac is a remontant, mophead hydrangea. It was found in Georgia as as a branch sport on Penny Mac. So, Golden Penny is basically a Penny Mac Hydrangea, but with glowing yellow leaf color all season long. The flowers are the same big, pastel-colored mopheads.
In deep shade, the color is chartreuse - a color between yellow and green. With more sun (remember, only allow it morning sun in the Deep South) the leaf color is yellow.
The grower tested Golden Penny for several years before being released for sale. It proved to be wonderful and we're lucky enough to be the first to have it! In fall, we'll have 1-gallons available for shipment. For now we have 3-gallons available for pick up, so please contact us.
Golden Penny is available for pre-order; more will be available this May 2020. 🌱
We also have 3-gallon Golden Pennies available for pickup from our nursery near Watkinsville, Georgia. Please call ahead to arrange a pickup time.
Golden Penny bigleaf hydrangea, Golden Penny Mac hydrangea
bigleaf hydrangea, french hydrangea, mophead hydrangea, hydrangea, hortensia
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
- Spring: medium green
- Summer: medium green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Soil Moisture Requirements
moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
sun, part shade, shade
To Make It Thrive
Give Golden Penny rich soil and consistent moisture in a soil that drains. It may need extra watering, but doesn't like standing water.
Make sure Golden Penny has dappled shade most of the day or at least afternoon shade in the deep south (zones 8 and 9) not only for the foliage, but so the flowers don't get sun scald. Increasing amounts of sunlight is increasingly tolerable the further north one goes on the map.
Traveling northward, consider planting in warm sheltered locations, such as near heated buildings.
Here in zone 8a, we cover to protect flower buds during spring transition - the up and down temps cause flushes of growth that are then zapped by cold. Covering the growth with old terry cloth towels or thermal blankets generally works to ensure summer flowers.
Is 'Golden Penny' remontant?
She sure is, so you'll either get two flushes of flowers in a growing season or, if the first buds were killed, you'll get one flush of flowers in late summer.When do I prune?
Bigleaf hydrangea flowers on old wood, so if you need to prune, do so in the summer after flowering. See our blog posts about pruning