Hydrangeaceae. A bushy, deciduous shrub with flower heads the size of dinner plates in summer; big balls of flowers up to 20-25cm across. The flowers gradually fade from creamy white until they are papery-brown seed heads, but these stand well for months making the seed heads a potential winter feature. It is more tolerant of extreme conditions than some other hydrangeas.
Grow in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. Needs shelter from cold, drying winds.
Ht. 2.5m. Eastern U.S.A. ***