5 August 2022

Hydrangea quercifolia FIRST Editions® JETSTREAM™

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Hydrangea quercifolia FIRST EDITIONS® JETSTREAM™

Cultivar denomination: 'PIIHQ-I'

A compact variety that differs from the species by stiffer shoots, crowned with numerous flowers gathered in conical inflorescences. The flowers in the first phase of flowering are lime green, when fully developed they become snow-white, taking on pink shades when they fade.  Characteristic, heavily indented leaves are dark green, turning orange-scarlet in autumn. The shrub grows up to 1.5 m in height and 2 m in width. The variety is resistant to leaf spot diseases. It grows well in moist, slightly acidic soils, in locations sheltered from the wind, slightly shaded. It does not require an annual cut, only a cosmetic cut should be applied in spring. Moderate frost resistance, young plants should be covered for the winter. The variety is recommended for home gardens, parks and urban greenery. It looks impressive when planted in groups.

Hardiness zone: 6a -23/-21 °C

Breeder: Joshua Kardos, Michael Dirr, Plant Introductions Inc., USA

Year of market introduction: 2014

Applicant: Szkółka Piech, ul. Polna 1, 24-130 Końskowola, Poland