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Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’: The Delicate Charm of Mountain Hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’, also known as Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Preziosa’, is a compact and smaller shrub with serrated leaves that distinguishes it from the larger macrophylla varieties. Belonging to the Hydrangeaceae family of plants, this deciduous shrub is native to Korea and Japan. It is commonly referred to as Mountain Hydrangea or Tea of Heaven. Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ delights with its vibrant foliage and stunning clumps of flowers, making it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes.


Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ is a hardy shrub that reaches a height of approximately 4ft or 1.2m. Its foliage showcases a captivating purple tint that transitions to green as it matures, before transforming into a deep red hue during autumn. The flowers, arranged in clusters, initially appear creamy in color, gradually transitioning to pink and finally developing into a rich deep red. This captivating color progression adds visual interest to the plant throughout late summer and early autumn.

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The strong presence of Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ flower

How to grow Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’:

To cultivate and care for Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’, consider the following guidelines:

Light and Soil Requirements: Plant Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ in partial shade for optimal growth. It thrives in rich, moist, and well-drained soil. While the plant appreciates consistent moisture, it should not be allowed to become overly soggy. Alternatively, if the soil is kept adequately moist but not waterlogged, the shrub can tolerate full sun conditions.

Flower Color and Soil Acidity: Similar to other Hydrangea varieties, the flower color of Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ can be influenced by soil acidity. More acidic soil will result in bluer flowers, while less acidic soil may produce pinker hues.

Propagation and Maintenance: Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ can be propagated from seeds indoors or through softwood cuttings. It is generally resilient against pests and diseases. However, it is important to be vigilant for potential issues such as bud blight, bacterial wilt, mildew, and leaf spot. Pruning is recommended after flowering to maintain the plant’s shape and encourage healthy growth.

With its captivating foliage, charming flower clusters, and ability to thrive in various garden conditions, Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ is a delightful addition to any landscape. Whether planted in borders, mixed beds, or as a focal point in a container, it will surely enhance the beauty of your outdoor spaces.

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Lovely Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ at Kew Garden, London
Hydrangea serrata 'Preziosa'
Leaves turn red in autumn, Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’
Hydrangea serrata 'Preziosa'
Beautiful flower of Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’
Hydrangea serrata 'Preziosa'
Adding warm tones in your landscape with Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’

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