Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Niedersachsen’
‘Niedersachsen’ translates to ‘Lower Saxony’.
Bred by Joseph Wintergalen, Germany, in 1914
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Niedersachsen’ is a vigorous shrub, easily achieving a height of 1.5m. Requires afternoon shade for best results. Flowering period is from August to September. Whether grown as a ‘pink’ or as a ‘lilac’, the flower colour is intense making a strong statement in any garden.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Niedersachsen is characterized by its upright to outwardly spreading and mounding habit, strong and sturdy stems, dark green leaves, large mophead inflorescences with intense pink or lilac flowers and great garden performance.
Deadhead in March and prune in April. Propagate from semi-ripe cuttings in June and July.
Inflorescence: Mophead, with densely clustered florets, 150mm across, packed with overlapping sepals.
Colour in neutral soil: Pink with blue eye.
Colour in acidic soil with Al present: Lilac with blue eye.
Ray florets: 4 sepals, rounded, almost entire, overlapping,
lilac with blue ‘eye’, 65mm diam.
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: Medium (to 1.5m).
Leaves: Dark green. Simple, opposite and deciduous. Broadly ovate to broadly elliptic. Margin: serrate. Apex: apiculate. Base: attenuate. Venation pattern: pinnate. Texture of adaxial and abaxial surfaces: smooth, glabrous, moderately glossy. 170mm l x 40mm w.