Plant ID forum: Incrediball Hydrangea?

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 4, 2013 6:52 AM CST
I saw this at a nursery. Everything I have seen or read about this Hydrangea is that it starts out green and the turns white. This one is obviously not white. Any idea what it might be?
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 4, 2013 7:52 AM CST
The first thing that comes to mind is that the plant is mislabeled, especially since it has a "hang on tag". The stock (Hydrangea aborescens) used for this plant does not have the genetic capability to change color. And from all I have read, white hydrangeas in general will not show color other than maybe a tinge of pink as the bloom ages.

http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/images/Hydrangea_Commerc...

http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/annabelle.html (H aborescens Annabelle was the precursor of Incrediball...Incrediball is supposed to have sturdier stems to keep flowers from drooping in the rain). On every site I looked at, the statement was made "Soil pH will not change color of the bloom"

Here is contact info for Monrovia....I would send them your pictures for confirmation.

http://www.monrovia.com/contact.php
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jul 4, 2013 8:52 AM CST
I looked at Monrovia's site and it looks like Hydrangea 'Penny Mac'.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 4, 2013 9:55 AM CST
So, that would indicate the plant was mislabeled. Seriously since they aren't even the same species. I see that happening at my local nursery all the time. Folks will pull a tag to read and then just stick it back on a plant...any plant nearby. Also, since many plants are tagged manually at the grower's site and often while not in bloom, a stray one gets the wrong tag.

Glad you were able to figure out who the plant is.

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