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Tuff Stuff Red® Hydrangea

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Red and Green Tuff Stuff Red Hydrangea Flowers
  • USDA Hardiness Zones 5a - 9b
  • Height 2 - 3 Feet Tall
  • Spread 2 - 3 Feet Wide
  • Partial Sun to Full Sun

The Tuff Stuff Red Hydrangea by Proven Winners® is a new addition in the Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea collection. This prolific bloomer is very reliable to produce beautiful red or pink flowers every year! These do better than other mophead hydrangeas in colder climates like zones 5 and 6.

The dark leaves create a perfect foliage backdrop to the abundant bright colored flowers. The blooms are similar to lacecap flowers, with larger florets surrounded by larger petals. This plant is native to Japan, and used to cold mountain climates.

Tuff Stuff Red Hydrangea Care

Plant these in an area with well drained soil to prevent root rot or “wet feet”. The location needs at least 4 hours of sunlight, but can handle more than that. If you are in a warmer climate, it is imperative that you provide some afternoon shade. Otherwise, this plant will burn up in hot summer afternoon days. You should also apply a layer of mulch to help retain moisture and also help protect the roots during harsh winters.

You do not need to prune the Tuff Stuff Red Hydrangea. This plant is so compact, it really isn’t necessary. It also blooms on new and old wood, so you could potentially cut of flower buds if you do trim the branches. We do recommend cutting off sick and dead branches though.

Fertilize this shrub in early spring before new growth starts to emerge. You can use common slow release fertilizer found at most stores.

Tuff Stuff Red Hydrangea Spacing

Plant these bushes 2 to 4 feet apart, center on center. If you choose to grow these into a compact hydrangea hedge, or landscaping border, you can plant these 18 to 24 inches apart, center on center. These also do well in garden planters. Use same spacing guidelines as previously stated if you choose to plant more than 1 shrub in a pot.

Hydrangea serrata 'SMNMAKTSR' Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Flower Color(s): Green, Pink, Red
Bloom Period: Summer through Fall
Foliage Color(s): Dark Green
Exposure: Part Sun to Sun
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
Spacing: 2-4 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Blooms On: New & Old Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Type: Mountain Hydrangea
Scientific Name: Hydrangea serrata 'SMNMAKTSR' USPP 28,672
Common Name: Tuff Stuff Red® Hydrangea
Brand: Proven Winners®

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

Speical Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On speical orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Winter to Early Spring

  • Is it warm enough to plant in the customer’s growing zone?
  • What areas does the plant has to travel through from our nursery to your home?
  • Is the plant at the nursery ready to ship.
    • The plants from the South will naturally be ready sooner than the plants from the North (If you have questions or concerns about when a plant will ship please email us at info@plantaddicts.com)


  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Fall into Winter

  • We’ll ship all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards the beginning of the following week from your order date. We put together this helpful guide for what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.