Hydrangea Nikko Blue

Blue Hydrangea Nikko Blue, Hydrangea macrophylla, Mophead Hydrangea

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Nikko Blue is the one famous for true blue snowball like flowers. Compact shrub grows to 4 or 5 feet tall. (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Zones 6 - 9
Advantages
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 60-72" tall (5-6 feet), 48-72" wide (4-6 feet)
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 4" pot
SKU 12SHRUB
These famous shrubs are not small, usually four feet or more high with a similar spread, so give them room. Nikko Blue is what is called a Mophead hydrangea for obvious reasons, and the Mopheads are a group 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.

Nikko Blue is the famous blue one of course, a color that is bred into the plant. But like all hydrangeas, the colors may vary a bit once you plant it.

Soil pH affects flower color (blue color in highly acidic soils and pink color in slightly acidic to alkaline soils). Add aluminum sulfate to soil to make flowers bluer or add lime to soil to make flowers pinker (add any such soil amendments to plant root zone in late autumn or early spring).

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.

There is a great website all about Hydrangeas called Hydrangeas! Hydrangeas! Click here to visit.

SKU 12SHRUB
Common Name Mophead Hydrangea
Botanical Name Hydrangea macrophylla
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 60-72" tall (5-6 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 48-72" wide (4-6 feet)
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Birds, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms, Dried Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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just planted

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive

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    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about American Meadows Hydrangea Nikko Blue:

    I am a very beginner gardner! Am willing to learn!

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    Very Small, but nice so far.

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    • Flimsy
    • Small In Size

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    Small may be a few years before blooms

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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.

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