Seaside Serenade® Fire Island Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'HORTFIRE'
Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: French Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea
Group/Class: Seaside Serenade Series
A hardy compact form that is perfect for smaller spaces; features long lasting, bi-color blooms that are white, edged in rich rosy red that matures to pink; foliage has maroon color in spring and fall; ideal for foundations, borders and containers
Seaside Serenade® Fire Island Hydrangea features bold balls of white flowers with red edges at the ends of the branches from late spring to late summer, which emerge from distinctive chartreuse flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Seaside Serenade® Fire Island Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Seaside Serenade® Fire Island Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Seaside Serenade® Fire Island Hydrangea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Seaside Serenade® Fire Island Hydrangea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.