Black Steel Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Zambia'

Black Steel Hydrangea - Hydrangea macrophylla  'Zambia'

Common Name: Black Steel Hydrangea
Genus: Hydrangea
Species: macrophylla
Cultivar: 'Zambia'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting bark, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A recently introduced cultivar that produces the much-loved flower clusters throughout summer and autumn but these are carried on lustrous near-black stems. This gives the plant a unique and attractive twist. The deep pink flowers of 'Zambia' appear a lime green colour when they are first emerging and both the young and more mature flowers contrast really well with its steely coloured stems. A very welcome addition to the family.

Garden Care: Leave the old flower heads in place through the winter. As the new shoots start to emerge in spring cut back a third to a quarter of the previous seasons flowering stems to the base and cut back the remaining flower heads to the first pair of buds.


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