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Information About Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a genus of over 75 species and 600 named cultivars that are native to a wide range of regions and countries, including Japan, Asia, Indonesia, Himalayan mountains, and the Americas. Another common name for hydrangea is hortensia. Hydrangeas can grow as climbing vines and trees, but are most commonly grown as a shrub. The plants can grow from 1 foot tall, all the way to close to 100 feet tall as a climbing vine!

The beautiful flowers produced by this plant is what makes these so popular. Most put on a showy display from early spring all the way into fall. The large flowers come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Hydrangea blooms can be pink, blue, red, white, purple and green! The flowering shrubs can grow in partial shade to full sun.

Many people remember hydrangea shrubs from their childhood. Today we are falling in love with them all over again. And the good news is that we can now grow many hydrangea varieties our grandmothers never even dreamed of. Some newer hydrangeas grow in colder climates, some are so small they will fit into the perennial border, and others have amazingly large blooms and deep colors.

Hydrangea Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Genus: Hydrangea

Common Hydrangea Species

Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea macrophylla normalis

Hydrangea macrophylla ssp. serrata

Hydrangea paniculata

Hydrangea arborescens

Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangea anomala

Hydrangea Meaning & Symbolism

The name hydrangea comes from the Greek words “hydor” meaning water and “angos” meaning vessel. Which together roughly translate to “water barrel”. This is because of the fact that hydrangeas are notorious for needing lots of water and the cup shaped flowers. The name, Hortensia, is a Latin version of the French word Hortense.

Hydrangeas can symbolize many different things, depending on where around the world and their culture. Many believe these flowers were first discovered in Japan, although the plants are native to several different locations around the globe.

Japan - According to a Japanese legend, the emperor gave hydrangeas to the family of a girl he loved to show how much he cared for her.

Victorians - In Victorian era, hydrangeas represent boastfulness, bragging and vanity. Especially white hydrangeas.

United States - Hydrangeas are used for 4th wedding anniversaries to symbolize appreciation and heartfelt emotion.

Common Hydrangea Questions

If you have a specific question or problem, you can email us directly and we will try and get back to you as soon as we can. We always love hearing from our fans and customers, whether you have questions about growing or just want to share pictures of your gardens and plants! We have tried to address the most common questions our readers have, but we plan on adding more articles to address other questions we hear.

When is the best time to plant a hydrangea?


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Does hydrangea come back every year??


Can you have hydrangeas as a house plant?

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Do Deer Eat Hydrangeas?

Why Won’t My Hydrangeas Bloom?

Do Hydrangeas Need a Lot of Water?

Are Hydrangeas Poisonous?

What Plants to Mix With Hydrangeas?

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HydrangeasHydrangeas History

Our friend Judith King created the website several years ago. She is a hydrangea enthusiast who worked in a retail and wholesale garden center for many years. The website was created to help others successfully grow hydrangeas and as a way for Judith to collect hydrangea images and information from traveling. Over the years, Judith has answered hundreds of questions about hydrangeas.

Judith took the picture below in Atlanta, GA about 1998 when Penny McHenry was still living. Penny was the beloved founder and long-time president of the American Hydrangea Society. This was her home and some of the hydrangeas which later became known as Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac'.


We've partnered with Judith King and to create the #1 place online for hydrangea information and purchasing hydrangeas! We hope our easy to understand articles & tips help you learn about growing hydrangea bushes each and every year!

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