Plant ID forum: What is this plant??

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Benton, LA
Nov 5, 2017 12:43 PM CST
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Just moved to a new house. These plants are in my flower bed. Can someone tell me what they are?
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Nov 5, 2017 3:01 PM CST
Looks like a Hydrangea to me.
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Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 5, 2017 3:01 PM CST
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Nov 6, 2017 7:13 AM CST
I agree, some type of Hydrangeas (Hydrangea)
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Nov 6, 2017 8:53 AM CST
It's odd that it's so small. It looks like there might be the stump of a former, taller trunk in one of the pics.
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Benton, LA
Nov 6, 2017 10:05 AM CST
Thanks for the replies. My first thought was hydrangea as well but wasn't quite sure. 😊
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
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Nov 12, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Congratulations on your new home, leslieprague. Yes, it looks like the foliage from a mophead, lacecap or mountain hydrangea . It may be a recently planted shrub due to its size. I would recommend touching base with the previous owners regarding winter protection and type of mophead.

Mophead hydrangeas in cold parts of the country will not bloom reliably in the Spring so people have to use winter protection techniques. I am not sure if the prev owners had to do this. Depending on where one is located (cold or warm regions), one may need to do this (to ensure reliable Spring blooming). Another question to ask the prev owners is whether these are reblooming mopheads or not. Between July (in the South) and September (in the North), mopheads develop invisible flower buds that open in the Spring. These that can get zapped during cold winters. Or if the shrub breaks dormancy due to mild winters just a temps are about to plunge a lot below the freezing mark. A rebloomer mophead will develop flower buds in July-September but it will also develop flower buds in late Spring from new stems that originate from the plant's crown or base. Once these stems are tall enough, the new stems develop flower buds, which open around mid-Summer or late Summer.

Your prev owners m-a-y have encased the shrubs using chicken wire that gets filled with tons of overflowing dried out leaves (or with mulch). Then a cardboard is added to the top and maybe some rocks so it does not fly away. The chicken wire should be wider than the plant to protect the flower buds that are located at/near the ends of the stems. And maybe a little taller than the taller stems for the same reason.

Or if your location in Louisiana is warm enough often enough, they may have done what I do most years. Which is to wing it. In my zone 8, I hope there are no weather related temperature issues and most years I win that "bet"... Of course, I "lost" that bet this last winter (2016-2017). Temps were very mild until January, when they crashed to 19 degrees and zapped all the mophead's flower buds. That is all it took. The flower buds can handle temps somewhere in the 20s if the plant has gone dormant and has hardened for winter. But with mild winters, that is iffy. I did get bloomage from other types of hydrangeas but only one rebloomer mophead managed to bloom. Sighing!

The pine needles, if used year around, will be fine. They protect the roots from temp swings, maintain soil moisture and help reduce the amt of waterings. Consider watering during the winter, about every two weeks or so; good for those of us who live where the soil does not freeze when winter is dry.

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