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Hydrangea 'Tellers Blue' macrophylla
Item HG209

Want the absolute best new Hydrangea breeding? Magnificent, bright-blue flowers!
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Tellers Blue' - 6-8"¯ lacecap flowers that are of the deepest blue in acidic soils. Mid summer will find this deciduous shrub glowing with large flat flowers composed of very wide dense, deep cerulean blue to indigo sterile florets surrounding tiny fertile flowers even deeper in hue. The color holds well providing a flash of brilliant color through the summer. Accentuating the showy blooms is the bold shiny bright green leaves with a strongly toothed edge. The flower, appearing from summer to autumn, is very wide with darker colored tiny flowers in the center, and large sterile flowers facing up around the outer edge. This is an upright, spreading shrub with green, ovate, serrated leaves.

Hydrangeas are among the showiest of all the flowering shrubs. Spectacular in any landscape design, this dazzling shrub is versatile, vigorous and easy to cultivate. Hydrangeas have huge bouquets of clustered flowers, in various arrangements from lacecap to mophead from summer through fall. Varieties of hydrangea differ in size of plant and flower shape, flower color, and blooming time. Hydrangeas thrive in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil in partial to full shade.
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Size: 4" pots (Root established) • Hardiness: Zones 5-9

Common: Bigleaf Hydrangea • Botanical: Hydrangea macrophylla 'Tellers Blue' also called 'Blaumeise'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea Family) • Bloomtime: Summer

Height: 4-6' • Spacing: 3-5'

Flower: Blue, Dark-blue in Summer; Dark-blue, Blue in Autumn, varying with soil

Foliage: Lustrous Rich Green Leaves • Bloom Size: 6-8" Flowers

Exposure: Partial Shade. Hydrangeas benefit from some shade in the middle of the afternoon, especially in hotter regions.

Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to bud blight, bacterial wilt, leaf spot and mildew. Aphids are occasional visitors.

Moisture: Hydrangeas require moderate watering during the growing season.

Uses: Group or mass in a sheltered location of the shrub border. Great cut flower. Also a good specimen or accent for protected locations near homes or patios.

Noteworthy Characteristics: This hydrangea has outstanding lacecap flowers that are of the deepest blue in acidic soils, and pinkish in more alkaline ones.

General Culture: Hydrangeas are best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with constant moisture. Soil pH affects flower color (blue color in highly acidic soils and lilac to 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). If you do attempt to change the color of your blooms by adding these minerals, dilute them well, and add sparingly. Prune out weak or winter-damaged stems in early spring. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 5.

Planting instructions: Hydrangeas should be planted in moist, rich, well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. When planting your Hydrangea, the crown (where the stem meets the roots) should be placed just below ground level. Planting deeper can cause the roots to rot. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Once the shrub is placed in the hole, tamp soil down around it and water. It is a good idea to mulch your hydrangea to help the soil to retain moisture. It should also be fertilized with a light fertilizer in March, May and July.

Tip:Expect 'Tellers Blue' to reach 4 to 6 feet high and 3 to 5 feet wide. You can put it in a big container, if you like, where it will grow a bit smaller. It's also terrific in the foundation, because even though it's deciduous, the branchy upright silhouette in winter is interesting, and the flowers last forever in summer. It needs partial shade in the south, but does well in full sun farther north. Make sure you keep it watered well, but with good soil drainage!


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