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May 29, 2020 7:10 PM CST
Raleigh, NC
My hydrangeas flowers feel like rubber and so do the leaves. The flowers look like lilac flowers . Raleigh, NC
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May 29, 2020 7:22 PM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Azaleas Salvias Roses Plumerias Region: New Hampshire Hydrangeas
Hibiscus Region: Georgia Region: Florida Dog Lover Region: Texas
Different varieties of macrophyllas produce different types of blooms. Some of the really unusual ones are probably hybrids developed in Europe or Japan. Then a few are different species. The 2nd picture gave me a flashback to one unusual species that I saw in Dallas once and never again. The blooms were similar, more pink and I remember not buying it because the form of the blooms was just not my cup of tea. Enjoy! As for why they feel like rubber, I do not know what to tell you. ;o) I forgot to ask where did you buy it and whether or not the plant label gave any name or species information about yours?
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May 29, 2020 7:56 PM CST
Raleigh, NC
I've had it for 5 years. This is the first time this has happened. Its a Endless summer
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May 29, 2020 8:23 PM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Azaleas Salvias Roses Plumerias Region: New Hampshire Hydrangeas
Hibiscus Region: Georgia Region: Florida Dog Lover Region: Texas
The blooms on your ES appear different than what I am used to seeing. Maybe thinner sepals that let the flower's stems be more visible than in a typical, thicker mophead bloom. Aside from the two blooms in the pictures, were there any other blooms? Were those other blooms lilac-style too or were they mopheads like in previous years. Hydrangeas are known to sometimes produce a sport. Not often. If this happened to all blooms then something affected all the flower buds. Weather, sunlight, water and minerals (lack of or too many of) are examples of things that could affect all areas of the plant.
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May 29, 2020 8:29 PM CST
Raleigh, NC
All of them look like that. I have another bush thats half mop and half lilac looking.
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May 30, 2020 3:02 AM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Azaleas Salvias Roses Plumerias Region: New Hampshire Hydrangeas
Hibiscus Region: Georgia Region: Florida Dog Lover Region: Texas
Check the soul for moisture problems in order to rule that possibility out. The roots are in the top 4" so insert a finger into the soil. If it feels dry or almost dry, give it 1.5 gallons of water (water the soil, never the leaves to minimize chances of fungal issues).

PS - I assume the hydrangea has mulch. If it does not, give it 2-4" of organic mulch up to the drip line or beyond.
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May 30, 2020 5:54 AM CST
Raleigh, NC
Thank you
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