Hydrangea Summer Crush™ Description
Summer Crush™ Hydrangea - most wilt resistant reblooming Hydrangea with giant raspberry blooms
New! Summer Crush™ is a color breakthrough in a reblooming garden hydrangea and a welcome addition to the Endless Summer® brand.
Developed in Minnesota by Bailey Innovations, this new addition is the result of focused breeding and years of production and field testing. Proven to be Zone 4 cold hardy and the most wilt resistant Endless Summer® yet! Excellent of course for summer gardens with superb heat and humidity resistance.
Giant 6-8" mop heads of raspberry-red (vibrant blue-purple blooms in acidic conditions) begin in summer and continue well into fall. Blooms on both old and new growth so if old growth is damaged by late spring frosts, you will still get flowers during the summer and fall on new growth. Survived harsh Zone 4 Minnesota winters for the past three years!
A compact growing macrophylla type with dark green glossy leaves, shorter internodes, rounded habit, and thick ruby red stems which keep the large blooms from flopping. It is the shortest in the series, growing 18-36" high and wide. The green leaves are waxy which preserves moisture so it won't wilt as readily as other Hydrangeas.
Bred for beauty & garden performance, this rebloomer has demonstrated both cold & heat tolerance in as far south as Zone 9
How to Grow Summer Crush™
Grow in a medium, rich and moist well drained soil in morning sun with protection form the intense afternoon sun. Give copious amount of water during the prolonged summer dry spells. No need to try to acidify your soil to get the raspberry blooms. This type has the ability to change flower color depending on the ph of the soil. Produces bluest-purple flowers in acid soils with a ph of 5.0-5.5,
Designing with Hydrangea Summer Crush™
Summer Crush is valued for its vibrant, abundant flowers, bold foliage and compact habit. It doesn't overwhelm and there is no pruning to control height! Lends a dramatic look in a low hedge running border and can soften the ugliness of a chain link fence. Grow as background shrub to shorter growing perennials, such as Astilbe, Heucheras, Hostas or Ferns.
Special Features: Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Heat Tolerant, Long Blooming, Moisture Tolerant, Multi-Seasonal Interest
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- Botanical Name:
Hydrangea macrophylla Summer Crush™
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- Ship Form:
1/2 gallon pot
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- Flower Color:
Raspberry Red or Blue
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Background, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Specimen
- Cannot Ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: macrophylla 'Bailmacfive' PPAF
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Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Mulch to conserve moisture, and buffer soil temperatures.
Generally, a soil pH below 5.0 results in deep, vivid blues, and as the pH rises, the flowers range from blue to lavender to mauve to a vivid deep pink at pH 7.0 (neutral). The pH determines the availability of aluminum in the soil; this element is more readily available in acid soils, and this availability results in the blue flower color. Since phosphorus ties up aluminum in soils, using a fertilizer low in this nutrient will aid in attaining blue flowers. If pink flowers are desired and your soil is acid, simply add lime to raise the pH and use a balanced fertilizer. Aluminum sulfate will lower pH if blue flowers are desired.
Light: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the north, but benefit from afternoon shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with consistent moisture. In the south, plants require afternoon shade. Intolerant of drought, with foliage tending to decline considerably in dry conditions
Water: Water to keep soil moist, but not wet.
Spacing: 3-4 ft.
Fertilizing: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15).
Winterizing: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew.
Maintenance & Pruning: This variety blooms on both old and new wood. Cut back stems by August by about half if plants are growing too tall. Remove some of the oldest stems at ground level to thin out the shrub as needed. In spring, only prune out dead wood once the new growth has emerged. Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring.
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