Facts about Hydrangea shrubs. Hydrangea is one of the 100 varieties of flowering plants that are native to eastern and southern parts of Asia, such as Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia and the Himalayas, and the United States. The Hydrangea shrub variety is considerably the greatest variety in eastern Asia, particularly in Japan, China and Korea. The Hydrangea shrub grow well in rich, porous, moist soils. Though the Hydrangea shrub prefers full sun in the morning, with some daylight shadow, they may also grow and flourish in partial shadow.
Features of the Hydrangea shrub
The Hydrangea shrub is capable of growing to a height that ranges from 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 meters), but some Hydrangea shrub are smaller in size. Some other varieties are capable of attaining a maximum height of 100 feet (30 meters) by climbing up trees. The Hydrangea shrub can be either evergreen or deciduous, though the extensively cultivated temperate varieties are all deciduous.
The leaves of the Hydrangea shrub are green in color and they continue their color throughout the year. They are smaller in size with a pointed tip.
The Hydrangea shrub produces flowers from the beginning of the spring season and extends up to the late autumn. The flowers of the tree develop in flower heads at the trimmings of the stems. The Hydrangea shrubs produce their main flower group from the tips of shoots formed from the last season. If the forming buds of these shoots are cut or killed by brutal winters, the plant usually will not bloom. In many varieties, the flower heads contain two kinds of flowers, little fertile flowers in the center of the flower head, and big flowers similar to a bract in a loop about the rim of each flower head. Though the color of flowers is white, some varieties of the Hydrangea shrub offer flowers in different colors such as blue, pink, red, dark purple or light purple.
Uses of the Hydrangea shrub
The Hydrangea shrub is a popular ornamental plant, developed for their big, attractive flower heads. The fresh leaves of the tree are wrinkled, steamed, and dehydrated, to get dark brown colored tea leaves. This herbal tea offers a sugary taste and it offers several health benefits.
The maximum lifespan of the Hydrangea shrub is 50 years.