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Sale New Hydrangea macrophylla 'Veitchii' (bigleaf hydrangea)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Veitchii' (bigleaf hydrangea)

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Hydrangea macrophylla Veitchii is an ancient (1881) Japanese hybrid and though I'm not that ancient, this was the first lacecap I planted in my garden before the turn of this last century.

It has has long been a favorite lacecap - I like the smaller flowers and how they're held on the stems, slightly up over the bush.

The sterile florets are greenish starting out, then they change to white, and then again they change in acid pH to have a slight blue hue or in alkaline to have a slight pink hue. The fertile florets are VERY show and do the same thing - blue in acid, pink in alkaline.

I've read that sepals age pink in sun, but in my first garden they were in the shade so they aged green.

  • white lacecap
  • single specimen and accent use
  • large container use
  • grouping and massing - large swaths
  • flower and shrub borders
  • tolerant of salt spray so great for maritime climates
  • heat tolerant
  • cut flowers
Common Name
Veitchii bigleaf hydrangea, bigleaf hydrangea, lacecap hydrangea, hydrangea
Other Names
n/a
USDA Hardiness Zones
7a-9b
Size
medium
Class
flowering shrub, deciduous
Shape
round
Height
5-6'
Width
5-6'
Growth Rate
average
Flower Color
white
Showy Flower?
yes
Flower Season
spring
Leaf Colors
  • Spring: dark green
  • Summer: dark green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
n/a
Native to USA?
no
Native To
Japan
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 Veitchii rich soil plus consistent moisture in a soil that drains. It may require extra watering, but avoid standing water. Grow it in full shade or afternoon shade in the deep south (zones 8 and 9), not only for the foliage, but so the flowers don't get sun scald. Full sun is okay farther north. For flowering in cold climates, situate it in a warm sheltered location. During the ups and downs of spring temps here in Zone 8a - we cover to protect flower buds.
Plant Patent
n/a
The flower color is not as you described, it's paler.
Yes, I've come to the conclusion that Hydrangeas don't like to have their flower color profiled and clinically categorized like we humans try to do to everyone and everything. Please keep in mind that flower color varies widly and wildly depending on soil pH and the amount of aluminum actually in your soil, the amount of time aluminum has been availalbe to the plant (did you add Al only last month?), the unique propensity of how each cultivar reacts to Al, and if the flower heads get a touch of sunshine as they age.

The flower color is not as you described, it seems darker to me.
Same issues as when it's paler; say after me, "a-lum-i-num-a-vail-a-bil-i-ty plus time plus cultivar plus a touch of sunshine."

This is science for sure, but also a whole lot of art. Enjoy the outcome Mother Nature deals!

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