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from the well-known Aiken, South
Carolina nursery is a remarkable look for refined lavender and light
bluish-purple shades as these soil conditions created. One does not need
basketball-sized heads of sterile bracts to have a beautiful hydrangea.
In fact, I'm more than ill from all that excessive morphology and bad
taste found in H. macrophylla. This clone gets it just right for my
senses. If you like your hydrangeas on the more subtle, tasteful, and
lacy side, this is a wonderul choice.
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from the "Chinese" Ernest
himself has taken far too long to become known. As far as we known this
plant at the Raulston Arboretum (and other good collections) is
not named yet. The soft pink inflorescences (in suitable pH) have a good
balance of sterile and fertile flowers. The readily available cultivar
'Miranda' appears to be similar and would give one a similar effect but
apparently with a larger, fuller head.
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|Hydrangea serrata f. acuminata = 'Intermedia'|
|Hydrangea serrata 'Amagi-amacha'||ht: 3 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide
|Hydrangea serrata 'Beni-gaku'||ht: 4 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide
fc: white, aging to stunning pink and dark red shades
or: Japan, probably dating to the 1500's
|Hydrangea serrata 'Bluebird'||ht: 5 ft. - taller and more
fc: blue, sometimes grown as a pale pink, tinged red with age
bt: earlier than some clones
aw: RHS AM 1960, AGM 1969
|Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Billow'||ht: 4 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide
ha: spreading, forming a large billowing mound in time
fc: bright medium blue, a very glowing shade
eval: probably the most showy of all blue lacecap clones in the genus. A very
eval: stunning plant when mature.
|Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Deckle'||ht: 5 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide
fc: light blue
ft: lacecap, frilled
or: Michael Haworth-Booth hybrid
|Hydrangea serrata 'Coerulea Lace'||fc: light blue
ns: a doubtful name.
|Hydrangea serrata 'Diadem'||ht: 3-4 ft. tall - shorter than
most modern clones
fc: medium blue, fading purplish to lilac shades
ft: sterile flowers serrate in the margins
lc: new growth red to purplish, sometimes showy in masses
eval: a stunning plant but today some consider 'Tiara' to be superior
aw: RHS AM 1963
|Hydrangea serrata f. prolifera 'Fuji Waterfall'||ht: 3 ft.
ft: sepals double
infl: 6 in. wide, cascading in a waterfall or chandelier-like effect
|Hydrangea serrata 'Golden Sunlight'||lc: yellow new growth becomes
fc: dark pink with paler pink to white margins
in: Pride of Place Plants. c. 2000
|Hydrangea serrata 'Grayswood'||ht: 6 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide -
larger than most clones
lc: dull yellowish-green, sometimes margined red to bronze
fc: white fading to pink and dark red shades, redder in sun
ft: lacecap, averaging 9 sterile and 4 fertile flowers per corymb. Sepals are
ft: distinctly serrate
aw: RHS AM 1963
|Hydrangea serrata 'Intermedia' (f. acuminata)||ht: 4-5 ft.
st: sometimes red tinged, semi-showy
lc: new growth often reddish or red-veined, showy
fc: pink fertile flowers, sterile ones white aging to dark red
ft: 3-4 sterile flowers per inflor.
|Hydrangea serrata 'Imperatrice Eugenie'||ns: this name is usually
considered a synonym of 'Rosalba' but it is probably
ns: best considered a resemblant clone
|Hydrangea serrata 'Kiyosumi' ('Koyosumi'?)||ht: 3 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide -
shorter than most
lc: new growth reddish veined bright green, often very showy
fc: white, fading to nice reddish margins
or: Yasaka Hayasha found on Mt. Kiyosumi, Japan
|Hydrangea serrata f. prolifera 'Komachi'||ht: 3 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide
ft: double, lacecap
|Hydrangea serrata 'Kurohime'||ht: 4-5 ft. tall
fc: bright rich blue, sometimes grown as pinkish-lilac by pH control
dr: leafspot resistant
eval: similar to 'Blue Billow' when grown as a blue
|Hydrangea serrata 'Macrosepala'||ft: large sepals
ns: this entity is close to 'Rosalba' and could be 'Beni-gaku'
|Hydrangea serrata 'Maiko'||ht: 3 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide -
shorter than most
fc: mauve sterile flowers, lavender-purple fertile ones
fq: highly floriferous
ft: intermediate between lacecap and Hortensia-style
|Hydrangea serrata f. prolifera 'Midoriboshi-temari'||ht: 4 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide
fc: white tinged pink and green, giving many interesting colors
bt: mophead, double star-like sepals, long pedicles give a unique effect
|Hydrangea serrata 'Miranda'||ht: 4 ft. tall
fc: rose-lilac buds open light pink to light pink
ft: lacecap, dome-shaped
or: M. Haworth-Booth seedling selection
|Hydrangea serrata f. prolifera 'Miyama-yae-murasaki'||ht: 3 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide
lc: brighter green, a very pleasant shade
fc: mauve to violet-pink
ft: double sepals, lacecap
or: Takeshi Seto found in Miyama near Kyoto, Japan 1950
|Hydrangea serrata f. prolifera 'Pretty Maiden'||ht: 3-4 ft. tall x 4-5 ft. wide
ft: sepals double, resembling a miniature waterlily or double Impatiens
in: Itsaul Plants GA USA to US trade c. 2000
|Hydrangea 'Preziosa' (H. serrata x H. macrophylla Hortensia Group)||ht: 5 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide -
larger than most
st: purplish to reddish-brown, often very showy in winter
lc: new growth purplish, semi-showy at times
afc: sometimes reddish, showy
fc: creamy-white, fading to pink reddish-purple tints
ft: mophead, globose
fd: smaller than what we grow as Hortensias today but a nice size
ns: it is not a pure H. serrata and should be named as cultivar of the species
or: G. Arends, Germany as hybrid of this species and an unnamed Hortensia
in: Arends c. 1961
aw: RHS AM 1963, FCC 1964, SGM 1973
|Hydrangea serrata f. prolifera (Reg.) Wilson||ft: double or proliferated
or: Japan, probably dating many centuries back
ns: Wilson used this to group the various double-flowered forms known in
ns: Japan. We are applying this name to certain clones above and below.
|Hydrangea serrata 'Rosalba'||ht: 4 ft.
lc: dull yellowish-green
fc: white fading to red marks or tints
ft: 6-7 sterile flowers, sepals slightly serrate
aw: RHS AM 1939
ns: some speculate this is ordinary 'Beni-gaku' of Japan. Bean says it
ns: resembles 'Benikaku' which is apparently the same clone.
in: VanHoutte to European trade
|Hydrangea serrata f. prolifera 'Shichidanka'||ht: 3 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide
fc: lavender to dark pink
|Hydrangea serrata f. prolifera 'Shiroae'||ht: 3 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide
fc: pure white
ft: double sepals
|Hydrangea serrata var. stellata = f. prolifera||ns: this name reflects the star-like quality of the doubled sepals.|
|Hydrangea serrata 'Tiara'||ht: 4 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide
fc: blue becoming mauve (as usually seen)
ft: intermediate between lacecap and mophead
|Hydrangea serrata 'Woodlanders'||ll: smaller than species typical
or: Chollipo Arboretum, Korea
in: Woodlanders Nursery SC to US trade c. 1999