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Hydrangea 'Masja' macrophylla
Item HG194

This dramatic, vivid red Mophead is considered one of the best!
'Masja' macrophylla - a bigleaf mophead hydrangea that produces vivid red to deep purple flowers and has glossy dark green leaves. This is a deciduous shrub with broadly ovate leaves. From mid-summer to early autumn, it bears deep red mop-head blooms. Hydrangea 'Masja' is part of the hortensia or mophead group (large sterile florets arranged in globular or "mophead"-like panicles). 'Masja' makes a big impression while staying compact for the smallest of garden spaces and it has a rounded habit that typically grows 3-4' tall. This vivid hydrangea is a hardy, easy to grow and compact plant great for small gardens and containers; loads of ball shaped blooms against dark green glossy foliage; flowers may be purple in more acidic soil; blooms on old wood. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

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 mophead to lacecap 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 'Masja'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea Family) • Bloomtime: Summer

Height: 3-4' • Spacing: 3-5'

Flower: Vivid Red to Deep Purple Flowers in Summer; Dark-red in Autumn • Bloom Size: 4-6" Flower-heads

Foliage: Glossy Rich Green Leaves

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: 'Masja' Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications; General Garden Use, Mass Planting, Hedges/Screening, Accent and Container Planting

Noteworthy Characteristics: This big leaf hydrangea cultivar is part of the hortensia or mophead group (large sterile florets arranged in globular or "mophead"-like panicles). It is a deciduous shrub with a rounded habit. They feature clusters of pink or blue florets in large, rounded panicles. Large, lustrous, medium green foliage.

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 the flowers more purple or add lime to soil to make the flowers more red (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 'Masja' to reach 3 to 4 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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