How to Identify Hydrangeas


Wondering which kind of hydrangea you have?
In my garden, the color and shape of the faded bloom helps me identify hydrangeas.
Common Hydrangea macrophylla flower heads are dark tan, usually globe-like, and on the tip of stiff stems. If the brown flowers are lace-cap type, it is almost certainly a macrophylla hydrangea.
'Annabelle' hydrangea blooms are a very light tan, almost white and on the end of three-foot long arching canes.
'PeeGee' hydrangea flowers look like Hydrangea macrophylla blooms but the shrub itself is much bigger...usually 5 – 10 feet tall. Stems are very stiff and arch gently at the top.
'Tardiva' hydrangea flowers are strongly cone-shaped but the leaves are not oak-shaped. 'Tardiva' blooms in mid- to late summer, after oakleaf hydrangea.
Oakleaf hydrangea also has cone-shaped flowers but the bark of the stems peels attractively around the bottom third of the stem.
PeeGee hydrangea
mophead hydrangea
lacecap hydrangea
Annabelle hydrangea
oakleaf hydrangea

Top Hometalk Projects

31 American Flag Ideas That Will Fill You With Pride
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
Browse Through These Dream Bedrooms & Find Your Favorite!
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
20 Easy Concrete Projects You Absolutely CAN Do!
23 DIY Wall Clocks That'll Transform Your Whole Room
23 DIY Wall Clocks That'll Transform Your Whole Room
18 Fun Ways To Add Glitter To Your Home Decor
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
18 Adorable Container Garden Ideas To Copy This Spring

Have a question about this project?

1 question

Join the conversation

2 of 67 comments
  • VALERIE
    on Sep 2, 2013

    Thank you for this post@Walter Reeves

  • Theresa Jacobsen
    on Jan 3, 2014

    Just because it looks like an Annabelle Hydrangea, doesn't mean it is one, Sister Theresa Hydrangea's look the same but bigger and whiter! Very similar

Your comment...