Hydrangea arborescens var. radiata
syn. Hydrangea radiata

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunPart Shade
DESCRIPTION
syn. Hydrangea radiata
Hydrangea arborescens var. radiata

A lovely, carefree shrub with pretty white flowers in July and August that attract butterflies and other beneficial insects. The foliage is silvery white underneath and becomes visible in the  breeze. It's perfect for planting in a transitional area between the woods and lawn or massed to form a haven for birds and other wildlife. 

 

BENEFITS
Showy white flowers from June to September
Host and nectar plant for the hydrangea sphinx
Fast growing shrub for a lightly shaded border
Foliage is silver underneath, pretty in the breeze
Easy to grow and adaptable
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Found in rich woods, rocky slopes and stream banks.

Interesting Facts

This hydrangea has a beautiful moth named after it. It’s called a hydrangea sphinx because the caterpillars feed on plants in the hydrangea family. The adult moths are important pollinators of flowers including some species of orchid. They are strong fliers that can be seen hovering like hummingbirds in flight while feeding on nectar.

GROWING TIPS

Prefers full sun to light shade in average to moist, well-drained soil. If pruning is necessary it can be done right after flowering or they may be cut back in late winter. Mulch to help maintain soil moisture. Fertilizer needs are minimal.

Mature Size: 3-4ft. Tall x 3-5ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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