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Hydrangea Types | What Are Your Choices?

There are several Hydrangea types with variations in size, look, color, and more. Why bother to understand the different hydrangea types? Knowing your hydrangea type can help you better understand where to place your hydrangea in the landscape and how to care for it properly. We will help you understand your options when it comes to picking Hydrangea types and what hydrangea type you may have in your landscape in this blog. Browse our large selection of hydrangeas 


Big Leaf, Mophead, Lacecap Hydrangeas (H. macrophylla)

Mophead hydrangea flowers have rounded, lush heads while lacecap hydrangea flowers have tiny flower buds in the center surrounded by a crown of showy flowers. Hydrangea macrophylla plants have heart-shaped, thick, shiny leaves with serrated edges. This foliage is significantly more textured than a smooth hydrangea. Big leaf hydrangeas bloom on old wood and tend to prefer warmer climates and some shade. Although newer varieties like Cityline® can grow in full sun.

Examples: Cityline® Mars, Cityline® Paris Bigleaf, Cityline® Rio, Cityline® Venice, Glowing Embers, Nikko Blue

Oakleaf Hydrangea (H. quercifolia)

Oakleaf Hydrangea bushes have woody stems and leaves shaped like an oak leaf. Cone shaped flower heads is another feature of this group. Oakleaf hydrangeas bloom on old wood and are extremely adaptable, but prefer warmer climates. These hydrangeas grow well in sun or shade and are more drought tolerant than other hydrangeas. Bloom color is not affected by pH,

Smooth Hydrangeas (H. arborescens)

Smooth hydrangeas have heart-shaped leaves like Hydrangea macrophylla but they are thinner, matte-looking, and not as crisp as those of the previous group. The flowers of smooth hydrangeas are large and round and are green when they first open. Most turn white and remain that way for 2 to 3 weeks before fading back to green. These are generally white hydrangeas, but there are new cultivars that offer bold color with no soil pH adjustment needed! Smooth hydrangea blooms stay the same color despite your soil pH and grow on new wood.

Examples: Annabelle, Incrediball®, Invincibelle® Ruby


Panicle Hydrangeas (H. paniculata)

This type of hydrangea has long cone-shaped flowers with elongated stems. The foliage of hydrangea paniculata is similar to smooth hydrangeas. Soil acidity or alkalinity will not affect the flower color of panicle hydrangea. These hydrangea bushes love the sun, but don’t mind some shade. Their flowers grow on new wood.

Examples: Bobo, Fire Light®, Limelight, Little Lime®, Pinky Winky®, Strawberry Sundae®, Vanilla Strawberry®

Reblooming Hydrangeas (H. macrophylla)

These new cultivars of Hydrangea macrophylla bloom on both new and old wood. These bushes look very similar to older lacecap and mopheap hydrangeas (as described above) but they are rebloomers that often flower in spring, summer, and fall.

Examples: BloomStruck®, Blushing Bride®, Endless Summer®, L.A. Dreamin'®, Let's Dance® Big Easy®, Let's Dance® Rave®, Let's Dance® Rhythmic Blue®, Penny Mac, Pistachio, Twist-n-Shout®

You have so many Hydrangea Types to pick from! Hopefully this blog helped you narrow down your choices. Order some today from our online nursery and have them delivered to your doorstep! Be sure to check out our article on Hydrangea Care. Look for other types of Hydrangea such as Hydrangea Trees or the White Climbing Hydrangea Vine.

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