Hydrangea macrophylla ssp. serrata ‘Miyama Yae-murasaki’
synonym: H. s. ‘Purple Tiers’
Bred by Takeshi Seto, Japan, in 1950.
Hydrangea macrophylla ssp. serrata ‘Miyama Yae-murasaki’ is a compact shrub. It is a thing of beauty with delicate, double ray florets in a symmetrical circle around the central disc of fertile flowers. A worthy winner of both the RHS AGM award and the Great Plant Picks award.
An excellent plant for the garden border or as a pot specimen. Flowers are less likely to fade, and foliage less likely to burn, if grown in partial shade. Provide water in drought conditions.
Inflorescence: Lacecap, 150mm across, rounded, with ‘double’ ray florets arranged in a near-perfect ring.
Colour in neutral soil: Pale lilac.
Colour in acidic soil with Al present: Pale blue.
Ray florets: 10 sepals, rounded, slightly serrated, overlapping, 45mm diam.
Zones: 6 to 9.
Size: Medium (to 1.25m).
Leaves: Simple, opposite and deciduous. Bright green. Elliptic to ovate. Margin: deeply serrate. Apex: acuminate. Base: attenuate. Venetian pattern: pinnate. Texture of adaxial and abaxial surfaces: rugose, glabrous, slightly glossy. 140mm l x 90mm w.