Hydrangea arborescens 'Hayes Starburst'
Hills of Snow
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Family: Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae)
Native Habitat: Eastern U.S.

General Hydrangea arborescens Info:
Hydrangea arborescens is an easily grown flowering shrub that is native to most of the states in the eastern half of the U.S. It's a coarsely textured low grower to only 3 or 4 ft. high and quickly spreading by root suckers. The shreddy barked canes are mostly unbranched. All in all, this is not a plant grown for its graceful form. In the ornamental garden, this is a species that is all about flowers.

Blooming begins in June and continues into September; one of the longest flowering periods of any garden shrub. The large flower heads may be flat-toped to nearly ball- shaped and in some varieties approach 1 ft. in diameter. Flowers emerge apple-green, change to white, and finally age to brown. The brown flower heads make attractive dried flowers for the home.

Keep your pruning shears handy if you want the most attractive specimens. Since it flowers only on new wood, prune down hard before growth begins in spring. Otherwise plants will become ragged and unkempt. As flowers age to brown prune them off so they don't detract from the younger blooms.

This Variety:
Here's something new for H. arboresens: white dome-shaped flower heads comprised of gorgeous double florets that give a "starburst" effect. Found by Hayes Jackson in his garden in Anniston, Alabama.

Ornamental Characteristics: Large, dome shaped flower heads of white, star-shaped, double florets.
Habit & Growth Rate: Fast grower that is a bit smaller than 'Annabelle', growing to only 2 or 3 ft. tall.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border Mixed border. Foundation plantings.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 8.
Culture: Easily grown plant. Prefers part shade but will grow in full shade or full sun. Best in a well drained soil that is evenly moist.