Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty') in the Hydrangeas Database

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Flower is generally pink, but depending on soil pH color can also be blue
Bloom Size: 5"-6"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Bees


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Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Feb 24, 2018 9:12 AM

'All Summer Beauty' is a mophead flowered big leaf hydrangea. It does not seem to be patented and is listed in some catalogs as a "new breed" of hydrangea. Basically, that means that it blooms on new and old wood (remontant or re-blooming). However, in colder winter climates (like Michigan), big leaf hydrangeas usually die back to the ground (or suffer from late frosts), so you only get blooms on new wood. But, at least you get blooms. This "new breed" cultivar seems to have been in the literature for at least 20 years and its origin is unknown (to me). Also, since it is not patented, propagation is an option.

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