Cherry Explosion Hydrangea

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'Cherry Explosion' Hydrangea is an eye-catching lacecap variety that produces cherry-red to deep-magenta blooms, surrounding a spray of light-pink center petals. Set against dark-green foliage, this compact shrub turns burgundy as fall weather sets in. Blooms appear lavender in acidic soils. (Hydrangea macrophylla)
Zones 5 - 8
Bee Friendly
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 36-48' tall , 36-48" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot

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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Plant Information

3-4' tall x 3-4' wide. 'Cherry Explosion' Hydrangea is a great choice for bringing bold color to full and part-shade gardens. In cooler climates, full sun is no problem; however, you'll need to provide protection from hot afternoon sun in the deep south. This hardy lacecap variety produces rich, red blooms that appear on new wood each season and contrast beautifully against light-pink center petals and dark-green leaves. 'Cherry Explosion' performs beautifully in a wide variety of climates, soils, and altitudes, from zones 4 through 9. Tolerant of heat, you can expect this shrub to spread and grow a bit larger in warm areas, while gardeners in cooler zones will see strong rebounds from winter dieback each spring. Be sure when watering to water at the base of the hydrangea. Makes an exceptional addition to flower arrangements, either fresh or dried.

More Information
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Hydrangea Cherry Explosion
Botanical Name
Hydrangea macrophylla Cherry Explosion
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
36-48' tall
Mature Spread
36-48" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Green leaves turn burgundy in fall.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Bee Friendly, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
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