Hydrangea Mophead Red (hydrangea macrophylla), Hydrangea Masja is native to Japan and is a member of the Hydrangeaceae family. It is a relatively compact and bushy deciduous hardy shrub that is a gardener’s favourite due to it’s showy nature making a spectacular feature in any landscape design, adding accent in colour and structure. The care of this shrub is easy, making it a low maintenance and reliable plant with the large flower heads providing a beautiful shade of red every summer.
The large rounded flower clusters are richer in colour the more alkaline the soil is, blooming from mid to late summer on the old wood. The marginally toothed rich mid green pointed leaves become tinged red in autumn and provide a lovely back drop to the flowers. As a note of interest, leaf extracts of Hydrangea Macrophylla are being investigated as a possible source of new chemical compounds with antimalarial activity along with Hydrangeic acid from the leaves as a possible anti-diabetic drug!
Hydrangea hedges are best positioned in moist but well drained clay or loam soil, in a semi-shaded part of the garden. They can take between 5 and 10 years to reach their ultimate height and spread of 90cm. Hydrangeas are robust but a lack of flowering can be because the flowering wood has been frost damaged, pruning has been too harsh or pruning has taken place at the wrong time. It is best to leave the flower head over winter to give protection to the growth buds below, dead heading them in spring and cutting back the stem to just above the first healthy buds.
Hydrangea Mophead Red are sold in 2 litre pots so can be bought throughout the year subject to availability. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions and we will do our best to help you.