Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla Cherry Explosion) in the Hydrangeas Database

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Cherry Explosion
Cultivar name: 'McKay'
Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
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 Time: Summer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Bees

Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan) on Mar 13, 2018 10:03 AM

Hydrangea macrophylla Cheery Explosion™ 'McKay' (PP28757, 2017) was developed by Thomas J. Buechel (Lake Mills, WI). A lacecap with cherry red florets surrounded by smaller pink star shaped fertile flowers. Exceptionally cold hardy to zone 5 (maybe 4). Flowers on new wood thus extending its cold hardy range. Winter hardiness and resistance to powdery mildew are probably the key features of this new cultivar. A new introduction from the Conard-Pyle Company, West Grove, PA (best known for its introduction of the Knockout® rose series).

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