Hydrangea aspera (Rough-leaved Hydrangea)

Scientific Name

Hydrangea aspera Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don

Common Names

Rough-leaved Hydrangea, Rough-leaf Hydrangea


Hydrangea aspera subsp. aspera

Scientific Classification

Family: Hydrangeaceae
Genus: Hydrangea


Color: Blue and pink
Bloom Time: Summer


Hydrangea aspera is a large, erect deciduous shrub with broadly oval leaves. It grows up to 10 feet (3 m) tall and wide. Flowers are typically borne in large flatheads in late summer and are in variable shades of pale blue and pink, fringed by white or pale pink sterile florets.

Hydrangea aspera (Rough-leaved Hydrangea)
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USDA hardiness zone 7a to 9b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Hydrangeas prefer a sunny or semi-shaded position in a cool area of the garden with shelter from cold, drying winds. For this reason, they are especially useful for brightening up shaded borders and make a lovely feature in the dappled shade of woodland gardens. Try to avoid hot, sunny areas and east-facing spots where colds winds can damage the spring growth.

Grow Hydrangea plants in any rich fertile, moist soil. It's a good idea to work in some well-rotted manure or compost before planting Hydrangeas, and they will always appreciate a mulch of organic matter in spring to help conserve moisture at their roots and feed them up for them for the coming growing season. On light soils, it is a good idea to feed Hydrangeas with an ericaceous fertilizer. See more at How to Grow and Care for Hydrangeas.


It is native to the region between the Himalayas, across southern China, to Taiwan.


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