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Twirligig™ Hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata 'Shojo'

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Twirligig™ Hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata 'Shojo') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Twirligig™ Hydrangea flowers

Twirligig™ Hydrangea flowers

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Mountain Hydrangea, Shojo Hydrangea


A fabulous compact shrub with lacecap blooms of shell pink, or mauve-blue in acid soil; a strong bloomer; serrated leaves are tinged burgundy-purple in the fall; a wonderful choice for the flower garden or border

Ornamental Features

Twirligig™ Hydrangea features bold rose lacecap flowers with shell pink edges at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves turn burgundy in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Twirligig™ Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Twirligig™ Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Twirligig™ Hydrangea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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