Hydrangea macrophylla 'Zorro'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Zorro'

Description: Produces lace-cap heads of flowers which may be deep blue or pink as this will vary depending on the pH of the soil. In low pH or acid soils the flowers are deep blue and in higher pH or alkaline conditions the flowers are pink.  A rounded, bushy, deciduous shape with broadly ovate, toothed dark green leaves 

Uses: They are shade tolerant and grow well on the shady side of a building or under trees.  The dried flower heads are often used in flower arrangements

Climate/Position: Prefers a sheltered site in light shade. Protect from the coldest winter frosts. 

Height/Spread: 1.5 metres x 1.5 metres

Soil Requirements: Fertile soil prefered. As with many hydrangeas, the colour of the flower is influenced by the soil pH so if you would like blue flowers then either plant in acidic soils or if you soil has higher pH then grow in a large container or enjoy the pink flowers of a higher pH.

Pruning: Avoid pruning where possible as next years flowers may be removed. If pruning required then this should be undertaken late spring but some flowering wood will be removed.

Special Requirements: Mulch to maintain moisture. 

Additional Interest: Plant Breeders Rights apply