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Sale golden penny mac hydrangea flower2

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Golden Penny' (bigleaf hydrangea)

Next available Monday or Tuesday

Unavailable Available Only few left Out of Stock Pre-order

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 June 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.

  • remontant - meaning Golden Penny will rebloom to flower twice during long growing seasons
  • single specimen and accent use
  • large container use
  • grouping and massing - large swaths
  • flower and shrub borders
  • a must for the Hydrangea macrophylla collection
  • use as a substitute for any remontant mophead bigleaf hydrangea
  • tolerant of salt spray so great for maritime climates
  • heat tolerant
  • cut flowers
  • remontant
  • long flowering period
Common Name
Golden Penny bigleaf hydrangea, Golden Penny Mac hydrangea
Other Names
bigleaf hydrangea, french hydrangea, mophead hydrangea, hydrangea, hortensia
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Growth Rate
Flower Color
blue, pink
Showy Flower?
Flower Season
spring, fall
Leaf Colors
  • Spring: medium green
  • Summer: medium green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Native to USA?
Native To
Soil Moisture Requirements
moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
Light Requirements
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.
Plant Patent
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.

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