Mountain Hydrangea
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Mountain Hydrangea
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Lacecap Hydrangea, Mountain Hydrangea, Sawtooth Hydrangea
Botanical name: Hydrangea serrata    Family: Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea family)
Synonyms: Hydrangea macrophylla subsp. serrata, Viburnum serratum, Hortensia serrata

Mountain hydrangea is similar to big leaf hydrangea except it is a smaller more compact shrub with smaller flowers and leaves; it is also more hardy than bigleaf hydrangea. Mountain hydrangea is a deciduous shrub with a rounded habit that typically grows 2 to 4 feet tall. It features dark green, serrated (toothed), ovate leaves (to 6" long), and clusters of long-blooming summer flowers. Both showy sterile florets and less showy fertile florets appear in each cluster. It flowers from July to August, with blue or pink lacy flowerheads. The flowers are perfect, having both male and female parts; they are insect pollinated. Mountain Hydrangea is made up of a center of tiny dark blue fertile flowers, surrounded by large sterile petals of palest bluish-purple. It is bluer in acidic soil than alkaline, but it's fairly blue in any soil condition. As insects pollinate the fertile flowers of the center, they turn their petals to reveal pinker reverse side. Occasionally listed as a vine, it's hard to imagine this compact rounded shrub as a vine, but the main stems do often bend & twist. If it were trained to an espalier beginning when still small in size, it could be given to the appearance of a six foot tall climber. Growth rate is moderate to rapid.

Identification credit: R.K. Nimai Singh Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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