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Tuff Stuff™ Red Mountain Hydrangea

Description

  • Reliable and stunning red lacecap blooms! 
  • Compact habit won't outgrow its space.
  • Low maintenance! No pruning needed.
  • Handsome, deep green foliage.
  • Zones 5-9, sun/part sun, 3′ tall x 3' wide at maturity. 
Zone 5-9
Light part sun/sun
medium

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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Description So pretty, it’s hard to believe it’s also so tough – but it is! Tuff Stuff™ Red mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata) is a fabulously beautiful lacecap hydrangea with flowers of deep pink-red. It combines outstanding color with a super useful compact habit that fits nicely in the garden or landscape. Lacecap hydrangeas like Tuff Stuff Red are perfect for bringing a more informal look to your flower garden, and, unlike other hydrangeas, they attract pollinators, too! About the Tuff Stuff™ series: Tuff Stuff are mountain hydrangeas. They are closely related to the popular bigleaf hydrangeas, but they are native to chilly mountainous areas, allowing them to develop better tolerance to cold conditions naturally. Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs developed the Tuff Stuff series with an eye toward increased reliability in zones 5 and 6 and a more prolonged bloom in warmer areas. If you have not had success with bigleaf hydrangeas, we encourage you to give the award-winning Tuff Stuff series a try! Details Botanical name: Hydrangea serrata 'SMNMAKTSR'
Patent #: USPP 28,672
Common name: Reblooming hydrangea, Mountain hydrangea
Zone: 5 - 9
Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) in cool areas; part-sun (4-6 hours sun) in warm climates.
Height x width: 2-3' tall and wide
Flower color: Deep pink-red
Foliage color: Glossy green
Season of Interest: Summer-fall
Uses: Flower gardens, landscaping, specimen, flowering hedge.
How To Grow Soil: Mountain hydrangeas require well-drained but moist soil. A good layer of mulch is very helpful for minimizing drought stress and conserving moisture.
Light: Plants can take full sun (6+ hrs/day) in cooler areas, but afternoon shade is recommended in warm climates. If your plant frequently wilts in the afternoon even though it was recently watered, that may indicate the spot is too sunny for it.
Water: Average to abundant (as long as soil is well drained).
Space: min. 3' apart
Fertilizing: Fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. Make an additional application in late spring/early summer to boost reblooming ability, particularly in colder areas.
Winterizing: Do not cut plants back for winter! Doing so will cut off all of the flower buds for the following season. If plants show a lot of dieback in spring, consider moving them, as this indicates the spot may be too cold for the plant.
Maintenance & Pruning: Even though Tuff Stuff hydrangeas are reblooming and capable of flowering on old and new wood, for best bloom, it is best to avoid pruning, trimming, or cutting them back. Any dead wood can be pruned out in early spring, once the new growth has begun to emerge and its clear where any winter damage occurred. If plants do not flower reliably, move them to a more protected spot in your yard; early spring is an excellent time to do that. For best reblooming performance, keep plants free of stress so they grow vigorously. New growth is key to a good rebloom!
Notes on flower color: The flowers of bigleaf hydrangeas can vary from pink to purple to blue, depending on soil chemistry. You must have both an acidic soil and the presence of aluminum (a naturally occurring soil element) in order for blue/purple color to develop. Get a soil test from your local Cooperative Extension before applying any color change treatment to be certain that it will be effective.

Customer Reviews

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J.C.
A sad ending

This one looked good in the beginning but the heat wave has been too much for it and sadly it didn't make it. This is the 3rd time I have tried with hydrangeas and I just have no luck at all.

Hello! We're so sorry to hear that you've had trouble with your hydrangeas. Please email pictures of the plant to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60 day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

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b. (Florida)
Quick Grower

I have had this plant in the ground for about 2 months it’s growing quickly and has buds. I also have other varieties of tuff stuff that have been in the ground for 1 year they each have about 30 buds. I love them.

Hi Brandy, we're so glad that you love your hydrangeas! Tuff Stuff is one of our favorites around the office. Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. Happy Gardening!