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Charm Red Hydrangea
This large mophead hydrangea bears lots of showy blooms on cold sensitive plants with exceptionally glossy, dark green leaves. More details below!!

Charm Red Hydrangea

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Charm Red Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla  'Charm'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:   For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Hydrangea is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know that it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and place back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

We're not sure if this one can really be called a 'red' Hydrangea, but the large, pretty deep rosy-pink to rosy-blue flowerheads of 'Charm Red' sure are stunning in our gardens! This large mophead hydrangea bears lots of showy blooms on cold tolerant plants with exceptionally glossy, dark green leaves. As with other macrophylla's, flower color varies depending on soil pH. The flowers of "Charm" tend towards rosy pink but develop blue hues in highly alkaline soils. Its flowers are great for cutting and use in fresh or dried floral arrangements.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing naturally 4 to 5 feet tall and wide in a rounded mound, Charm Red Hydrangea can be grown in garden beds or containers. It is ideal for use as a specimen or accent in home foundation plantings, flowering shrub borders and perennial gardens. In larger landscape spaces it is especially dramatic in small to large groupings or in straight or staggered rows as a colorful hedge.

Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedges;  8' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Charm Red Hydrangea is very easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil with average fertility and full sun to part shade in northern zones and part shade (morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sun) in southern zones. For best flowering, we suggest 4 hours of direct sun light per day. As with so many other ornamental plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil is problematic. Flower color is your choice. Acidic soils will make blue flowers while a neutral to slightly alkaline soil will make pink flowers. 

Note:  Charm Red is a Hydrangea macrophylla species that produces its flowers from buds that formed on "old wood" (during the previous year). This means that even though it is tempting to cut them back in the winter, when they are only bare sticks jutting out of the ground, don't do it. The flower buds are already formed and hidden in those bare sticks, so don't cut them off if you want flowers.

Get tips for proper pruning time and technique in our article titled How To Prune Various Types Of Hydrangea



Helpful Articles

Click on the link(s) below to get advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Hydrangea shrubs...






Plant Details 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity: 4-6'
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Globose/Round, Mounding
Flower Color:   Dark Rosy-Pink, Rosy-Blue, Red
Flower Size:  Large - Up to 6-8"
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Single in large clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Part Shade (South) - Sun or Part Shade (North)
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (Moderately Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought (when established in part shade), Heat, Humidity, Insect



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