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Sale New Hydrangea serrata 'Diadem' (mountain hydrangea)

Hydrangea serrata 'Diadem' (mountain hydrangea)

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Diadem mountain hydrangea is the daintiest lacecap I've ever seen.

I see it as a light to medium pink flowers typically, but I have once seen it as light blue. I've taken some pics to show you the pale color range with the one atypical darker one.

One thing I love about it is the free flowering nature - in this instance meaning Diadem is still throwing out flowers randomly here and there. As I write on August 11th, 4 more flowers are about to open - it's been throwing out a small group of flowers like this ever since May!

Diadam is a serrata type and therefore more reliably cold hardy than its macrophylla sisters.

With purple-plum autumn foliage, Diadem is also one of the few mountain hydrangeas with good fall color.

  • petite light pink (or light blue) 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, long flowering period
Common Name
mountain hydrangea
Other Names
'Hashikuzu', 'Hoshkuzu'
USDA Hardiness Zones
6a-9b
Size
small
Class
flowering shrub, deciduous
Shape
round
Height
2-3'
Width
2-3'
Growth Rate
average
Flower Color
pink, blue
Showy Flower?
yes
Flower Season
spring
Leaf Colors
  • Spring: green
  • Summer: green
  • Fall: purple
Fall Leaf Color Quality
good
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 Diadem hydrangea 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 widely and wildly depending on soil pH and the amount of aluminum actually in your soil, the amount of time aluminum has been available 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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