Hydrangea serrata ‘Painter’s Palette’ is a vigorous but compact shrub. The sturdy stems hold the inflorescences upright and prevent the plant from becoming too spreading.
Inflorescence: Lacecap, 80mm across, fertile flowers are pink, ray florets open white with splashes of green aging to pink. Quite an unusual colour combination; of special interest to the hydrangea collector.
synonym: Hydrangea serrata ‘Painter’s Palette’
Introduced by Dr. Michael Dirr. A hydrid cross of H. macrophylla ssp. serrata x H. macrophylla ssp. serrata f. acuminata.
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: Medium (to 1.25m).
Color in neutral soil:
Pink with white/green sepals
Color in acidic soil with AI present:
Pink with white/green sepals (no change)
Ray florets: 3 sepals with a blue eye, entire, slightly acuminate, overlapping, 28mm diam.
Leaves: Simple, opposite and deciduous. Dark green, turning russet in autumn. Elliptic to ovate. Margin: deeply serrate. Apex: acuminate. Base: attenuate. Venetian pattern: pinnate. Texture of adaxial and abaxial surfaces: rugose, glabrous, slightly glossy. Leaf size: 95mm l x 40mm w.