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Zebra Hydrangea
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    Zebra Hydrangea

     
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    Growing Zones: 6-9
    Growing Zones: 6-9
    Mature Height: 3-4 ft.
    Mature Width: 3-4 ft.
    Sunlight: Partial Sun - Shade
    Spacing: 5-6 ft.
    Botanical: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Zebra’
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    Dramatic Contrast of White Flowers with Black Stems


    Zebra Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Zebra’) is unlike any other hydrangea you’ve ever seen. The striking color pattern on black-and-white zebras was the inspiration for this hydrangea’s name. Pure-white flowers are formed at the tips of deep-black stems for a breathtakingly sharp contrast that’s sure to leave your garden visitors awestruck!

    Huge Pearly White Flowers
    Fluffy as clouds, Zebra Hydrangea flowers are substantial – 3 inches tall and 5 inches wide. The round flower clusters contain nearly 200 densely packed individual florets. When Zebra Hydrangea is in full bloom, it illuminates any shady garden spot with pops of brightness from each flower head. And we’ll let you in on a landscape design secret – white flowers make the colorful flowers around them look even more vivid. Space multiple Zebra Hydrangea shrubs throughout a shady garden bed, and plant other colorful flowers between them to create a dazzling display.

    Breathtaking Rich Onyx Stems
    A flowering plant’s blossoms are typically its primary feature, which is the reason you choose certain plants for your garden. But when you find a plant with stems that give its flowers a run for their money, you’ve really found a winner! Zebra Hydrangea’s magnificent black stems are nothing short of elegant. Even if this shrub never bloomed, it would likely be the most unique plant in your garden simply because of its stem color. And you won’t have to worry about wimpy stems that flop over under the weight of its large flowers because Zebra Hydrangea’s stems are reliably sturdy.

    Consistent White Blooms No Matter The pH
    You may know hydrangeas with round flower heads as “mopheads,” which typically bloom in shades of blue or pink, depending on the pH of your garden soil. Zebra Hydrangea is a mophead type that prospers in acidic soil just as other types of hydrangeas prefer, but its flowers won’t change color at the mercy of soil pH. You know what we’re talking about if you’ve ever had a hydrangea “change color” from year to year. You may have purchased a blue or pink hydrangea because you specifically wanted the color you saw at a nursery or garden center as an integral part of your landscape design. But when it bloomed the following year in your garden, it was a completely different shade! You don’t have to worry about Zebra Hydrangea changing its stripes, so to speak. Its flowers bloom consistently white, year after year, regardless of soil pH.

    Long-Lasting Flowers with Stamina
    Zebra Hydrangea blooms in summer, unfazed by the heat. In fact, when other summer-blooming plants begin to struggle as the temperatures climb, Zebra Hydrangea becomes even more beautiful. In the shade, the white flowers give an icy cool look to their hot surroundings. And these long-lived flowers retain their color and persist on plants for an incredible four weeks!

    Compact Size and Dense Growth
    Zebra Hydrangea is about as wide as it is tall (3 to 4 feet in each direction), which gives it a balanced look that’s so desirable in landscape designs. Its lush, broad leaves are densely packed on tidy shrubs that grow quickly to fill in bare landscape spots. This plant is in a group of shrubs commonly known as bigleaf hydrangeas because of their large foliage.

    Show it Off in Containers
    Zebra Hydrangea is too fabulous to plant where it’s not noticed. You can easily grow it as a potted plant on your shady patio, where you can enjoy it while sitting in your favorite chair and show it off to your guests as a true conversation piece. If the front of your home is shaded, plant a potted Zebra Hydrangea on each side of your front stairs or walkway. You’ll quickly create a real impact statement to welcome your guests. Zebra Hydrangea performs superbly in containers and requires little work from you to keep it looking its best. So if digging holes for planting shrubs is not your idea of fun, ditch the shovel and reach for a large pot! Fill it with a good-quality potting mix, which will not easily become compacted, keep your plant watered, give it a little fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season, and that’s it.
    Zebra Hydrangea needs more watering if it’s planted in a pot instead of in the ground. Particularly during the hottest part of the summer, you may need to water your plant as often as every other day.

    A Well-Behaved Foundation Plant
    You can’t plant some shrubs too close to your home because their root systems can be so vigorous as to damage your home’s foundation. But not Zebra Hydrangea – it will not compromise your foundation or even damage nearby plants. Its root system is restrained, and it will not buckle hardscapes, such as patios, walkways, and driveways. It’s a deciduous shrub, which means that it’ll lose its leaves in autumn, so you may want to plant it in front of evergreen shrubs. That way, when its leaves fall, you’ll still have green shrubs in the background for year-round color.

    One-of-a-Kind Cut Stems
    If you’re planning a formal dinner party or hosting another summer event, you simply must cut stems from your Zebra Hydrangea to feature in a water-filled vase. Stand back and watch your guests try to figure out what you’ve used to “dye” the flower stems black! You’ll create an even more stunning visual if you use a clear glass vase so the black stems are easily visible. Remove all the leaves that would otherwise be underwater to feature the stems in all their glory.
    The ultimate floral arrangement: What a perfect plant to feature in a grand centerpiece at a formal black-and-white ball!

    Good Air Circulation for Healthy Growth
    Planting Zebra Hydrangea in groupings or rows will maximize the eye appeal of this intriguing plant. But you want to space plants so that their stems don’t overlap. Crowded plants with overlapping stems keep the humidity high around them. And high humidity provides a breeding ground for fungal diseases that can compromise the health and beauty of Zebra Hydrangeas. So give them room to grow and breathe by spacing each plant at least 5 to 6 feet from the next plant.

    Landscape Care
    Zebra Hydrangea is a perennial in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6 through 9, where it thrives in shady locations. It can handle filtered sun in dappled shade, but it needs to be protected from full sun, especially from intense afternoon sun. The ideal way to support healthy root growth is by planting on rich, loose, and well-draining soil. The “hydra” in hydrangea hints at this plant’s need for water; it’s not drought-tolerant. You can help it conserve moisture by applying a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch and keeping it watered thoroughly if there’s not enough rainfall. Bigleaf hydrangeas often look somewhat wilted during the hottest part of the day, but that’s simply their way of conserving water so it’s not lost through their broad leaves. If your plant looks wilted in the afternoon but it perks up by morning, it’s okay. However, if it’s still wilted early in the morning, it needs watering. You won’t need to fertilize it after planting; wait until the following year. Then, apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring when the leaves begin to open. You won’t have to prune your Zebra Hydrangea each year to keep it blooming, but if you need to shape it, prune it no later than late summer. It forms its flowers on the previous season’s growth, so if you prune it in spring, you’ll be cutting off the flower buds and it won’t bloom for you that year!

    A Remarkable Discovery
    The original Zebra Hydrangea could have been easily overlooked if a nursery owner in The Netherlands hadn’t noticed it. Among 10,000 hydrangeas that his nursery was propagating in 2003, the owner’s keen eyes discovered that a single branch on one plant had a black stem. It was a natural mutation, which the owner propagated. The resulting plants also had black stems … and Zebra Hydrangea was introduced to the gardening world!



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