Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Red Sensation’ USPP18,197

synonym: H. m. ‘Red Sensation’ Next Generation series™ (Ball Ornamentals).  A naturally occurring branch mutation of H. m. ‘Early Sensation’.

Bred by Gert van Buren, Hillegom, The Netherlands, in 2001.
Patented 2006 by Witteman & Co., The Netherlands.

H. macro 'Red Sensation' AA

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Red Sensation’ can be grown in the ground or in pots. Remains compact with minimal pruning. Well branched and bushy, it sets masses of flowers on a slender rounded and neat compact shrub. The blooms are relatively large, tightly packed with ray florets and long-lasting.  After the first wave of flowers fade, deadheading will promote a second wave of flowers.

Inflorescence: Large rosy-red mophead flowers, 180mm across. Blooms open as an attractive shade of lime green, turn to rosy-red then fade to purple late in the season.

Colour in neutral soil:                             Rosy-red.
Colour in acidic soil with Al present:     Purple.

H. macro 'Red Sensation' floret AA

Ray florets: 4 sepals, rounded, entire or with slight serrations, overlapping, 45mm diam. Often with an open ‘eye’.

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: Small (to 1m).

H. macro 'Red Sensation' leaf AA

Leaves: 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. 150mm l x 90mm w.