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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Amethyst’
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Hydrangea quercifolia Amethyst

Hydrangea

The name Hydrangea, means “water vessel,” given for its cup-shaped seed vessels. A genus of diverse forms, Hydrangeas are commonly found throughout Asia, from the Himalayas to Taiwan and Japan, with the exception of two species, Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea quercifolia, which are native to North America.

Easily grown, this shrub’s lush deciduous leaves are best suited to loose, moist soil in the shade of tall trees or on the north side of the house. If, like us, you’ve tired of the commoner sort, these delicacies will be a welcome surprise.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Amethyst’ full sun  partial shade

Yet another first-class shrub introduced by esteemed horticulturist, Michael Dirr, this steadfast smaller-sized cultivar commands our attention. The 6 in. long, upright flowers house creamy white sepals, which darken to a luscious wine-red hue as they mature and make exceptional fresh or dried cut flowers, maintaining their rich hues. Ideal as a stand-alone or massed, easy-to-grow ‘Amethyst’ sports handsome, large coriaceous leaves with a spectacular fall showing of burgundy shades.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 5'–6' high x 5'–6' wide; hardy to zone 5.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2015

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Amethyst’ (S-0737)
Each $14.75
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