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Hydrangea ‘Alpengluhen (Glowing Embers)’
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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 ‘Alpengluhen (Glowing Embers)’ full sun  partial shade

In cultivation for more than 60 years, this robust sumptuously colored German cultivar is still considered one of the finest mopheads. Pale green stems and bold, waxy and somewhat wrinkled medium green foliage sculpt its dense, small-statured globular form. A vivacious deep rosy red bedazzles each alluring rounded flower, defined by attractively spaced individual florets with pointed tips and upturned edges. Surprisingly sun tolerant, the red-tinged foliar margins echo the bloom hues, while autumn brings a suffusion of dark maroon to the entire leaf.

‘Glowing Embers’ is second-to-none for the smaller garden and promises to parade its marvelous hues for several months if a soil pH of 6.5 is maintained.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 3'–4' high x 3'–4' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hydrangea ‘Alpengluhen (Glowing Embers)’ (S-0746)
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