Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’

3 Aug

Hydrangea aspera 'macrophylla' (18/07/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ (18/07/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Flowering period: Summer to early autumn

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 2.5m

Eventual Spread: 2.5m

Hardiness: 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ is a deciduous shrub with a bushy, lax habit . Its dark green leaves have a hairy upper surface, are lanceolate with entire margins, up to 28cm long and 14cm broad. Its hermaphrodite white to pale pink flowers appear in corymbs which are up to 25cm across.

Hydrangea aspera 'macrophylla' Flower (18/07/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ Flower (18/07/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrangea aspera, commonly known as the Rough Leaved Hydrangea, is native to southern China. In its native habitat it grows on mountain slopes in forests and thickets. The variety Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ is commonly know as Large Leaved Scabrous Hydrangea.

The etymological root of the binomial name Hydrangea is derived from the Greek hydor meaning ‘water’ and aggos meaning ‘jar’ which refers to the plants cusp shaped fruit. Aspera is from the Latin meaning ‘jagged’, in reference to the surface texture of the leaf. Macrophylla is derived from the Latin macro meaning ‘large’ and phyllus meaning ‘leaf’.

Hydrangea aspera 'macrophylla' Leaf (18/07/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ Leaf (18/07/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ useful for woodland edge plant, and will tolerate the dryer conditions within the root spread of trees.

Ecologically,  Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ is of little value to UK wildlife.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Hydrangea aspera ‘macrophylla’ requires little maintenance.

DAVIS Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: