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Yes, finally a red red hydrangea! Here's the all-new red Mophead. Your neighbors will be amazed! (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 36", 36"
Bloom Time Mid summer to fall
Size Plant - 4" pot
SKU 5HYDR
Red Sensation is the most successful of several newer hybrids with truly red flowers. Others are simply darker pink, but this one opens its flowers red. As the season progresses, the flowers evolve to purplish red for fall.

These famous shrubs are not small, usually four feet or more high with a similar spread, so give them room. Red Sensation is a stunning, newer member of the group called Mophead hydrangeas, from the species H. macrophylla which is well-known for compact, not rangy plants. But of course, the best thing about them are the colors.

Red Sensation is just that, a spectacular departure from the more common pink or blue, and the red color is bred into the plant. However, like all hydrangeas, the colors may vary a bit once you plant it. For complete information on this group of plants and how to change the color, there's a great website called HydrangeasHydrangeas.com where you can read all about it. Click here.

About Hydrangeas: These popular shrubs, also called Hortensia, all have rounded flower clusters that persist through summer and fall. There are several types, since there are several species of the plant the hybridizers work with:
H. macrophylla or French Hydrangeas. These, the most popular, form non-rangy, attractive shrubs about 4 to 6 ft. tall, and are famed for their big, colorful ball-like flowers, usually blue or pink. The popular group here is called Mophead hydrangeas. Artificially shortened versions are sold in pots on Easter and Mothers Day, and the blooms are florists favorites, always popular for wedding decorations. In addition to the mopheads (solid ball of flowers), there are also lacecap versions of these hydrangeas. (H. macrophylla is native to the Far East.)
H. arborescens, a US native, includes the widely-planted, Annabelle. Much like the Mopheads, Annabelle is a shorter hydrangea with huge rounded flower clusters in pure white. This is the one famous for flowers so large they often weigh down the branches, needing special support.
H. paniculata, is a larger species, much taller than the Mopheads. The flower clusters are more cone-shaped, rather than round. The plant in this group is more rangy than the shorter types, but can be controlled by pruning. The famous Pee Gee hydrangea, often grown as a small tree is in this group, and was imported from Japan in the late 19th century. There are also newer H. paniculata hybrids, including the beautiful greenish-flowered one called Limelight.
Other Types: There are several other important hydrangeas. The tall native Oakleaf hydrangea (sometimes considered a small tree) is also a variety of the species, H. paniculata.

SKU 5HYDR
Common Name Mophead Hydrangea
Botanical Name Hydrangea macrophylla
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 36"
Estimated Mature Spread 36"
Bloom Time Mid summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Birds, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsHydrangea Red Sensation
 
2.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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1.0

Save Your Money

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from Ct

About Me Avid Gardener

Comments about American Meadows Hydrangea Red Sensation:

My first set of 4 were DOA on arrival.. This company asked if I wanted a full refund, or try again.. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I said I would try again.. Just got the second batch,, brown sticks with some curled up black leaves. They said its because they are dormant.. Helloooooooooooo.. I doubt you will see this as the company has control of this board, I'm sure.. There are plenty of sites out there I will post to and show the condition of these dead hydrangeas...They also told me "Happy Gardening"... Great company!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

No Luck!

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from MAdison, WI

About Me Professional Landscaper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Only 1 out of 2 survived
    • Slow Growth

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      Comments about American Meadows Hydrangea Red Sensation:

      I receive my two hydrangeas promptly in the mail. Unfortunately only one out of the two survived. The other one is VERY slowly growing and I will not know if it thrives for quite some time. I wished i would have received a more mature plant for the price I paid.

       
      3.0

      No Sensation in my Red Hydrangea

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      from Canton, GA

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Died after planted

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Hydrangea Red Sensation:

        The service I have received from American Meadows has been very good each time I have placed an order or called in and spoken to a customer service representative with any questions I have had. They have always been very helpful. Unfortunately, the Red Sensation Hydrangea I ordered did not survive after planting. I think because it was so small the cold weather zapped it before it could get established good.

         
        4.0

        so excited!

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        from Hinesburg, VT

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        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time
        • Low Maintenance
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cut Flowers
          • Great space filler

          Comments about American Meadows Hydrangea Red Sensation:

          I received my healthy plant a few weeks ago and planted it immediately. The green growth was more than a foot and great! I can't wait to watch it grow & bloom, in the up coming season(s). I'll be back with pictures next year!

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          1.0

          Picture perfect with no results

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          from Gregory, MI

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          Comments about American Meadows Hydrangea Red Sensation:

          No great things about this plant it did not grow.

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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