Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Goliath’
Bred by F. Matthes, Germany, in 1923
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Goliath’ is a vigorous, free-flowering shrub. Probably the largest mophead flowers in our collection. The name refers to the size of the flowerheads, not the overall plant size. The size of the mature shrub is 1.5m,, the usual size for the H. macrophylla species, but the flowerhead is 240mm across, very large! Fortunately, it has strong stems which support the substantial flowers.
This variety has been around since 1923 and still features strongly in hydrangea collectors’ gardens.
Inflorescence: Mophead, 240mm across, soft pink or purple-blue. The highly serrated sepals give this plant a very frilly appearance when in full bloom. We can strongly recommend this hydrangea for any collection.
Colour in neutral soil: Soft pink
Colour in acidic soil with Al present: Purple-blue
Ray florets: 4 sepals, strongly serrated,
overlapping, 55mm diam.
Zones: 5 to 9
Size: Large (to 1.5m).
Leaves: Simple, opposite and deciduous. Broadly ovate to broadly elliptic. Margin: serrate. Apex: apiculate. Base: attenuate. Venation pattern: pinnate. Texture of adaxial surface: coarse; and abaxial surfaces: smooth; glabrous, leathery. Dark green leaves turning to burgundy in the autumn, 180mm l x 140mm w.