Hydrangea Macrophylla is a species and sub category of the Hortensia plant genus and cultivar. Commonly know as Big Leaf hydrangea or French hydrangea. Hydrangeas are flowering plants, trees, shrubs, and even climbing bushes. The macrophylla species of hydrangea are the best known of all.
The flowers on hydrangea plants bloom from early spring to late autumn. Hydrangeas grow flowerheads (corymbs or panicles) at the end of the stems. The flowerheads are a combination of many small flowers and the macrophylla hydrangea have varieties with mophead shaped flowers as well as lacecap shaped flower heads. Mophead hydrangea varieties form a globe shaped cluster of flowers. Lacepcap hydrangea varieties have more immature flowers in the middle with a ring of flowering petals on the outside.
Hydrangea Macrophylla Guide
The Macrophylla species of hydrangeas are characterized by big leaf, french, and endless summer garden varieties of hydrangeas.
There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas with Corymb style inflorescens, which includes the commonly grown “bigleaf hydrangea” – Hydrangea macrophylla. Mophead flowers are large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms or, as the name implies, the head of a mop. In contrast, lacecap flowers bear round, flat flowerheads with a center core of subdued, small flowers surrounded by outer rings of larger flowers having showy sepals or tepals. The flowers of some rhododendrons and viburnums can appear, at first glance, similar to those of some hydrangeas.
Hortensia flowers flaunt an old-world charm that is impossible to resist. They have immense mophead flower blooms, delicate petals, and endless varieties. You will find hues of flower colors from clear blues to vibrant pinks to frosty whites. Perfect for any occasion, hydrangeas are the embodiment of high couture floral design. They are the ultimate style statement in wedding flower decor, and the macrophylla cultivar has become the inspiration of elegant flower delivery service.
Types of Hydrangea Macrophylla
The plant classification chart recognizes types of hydrangea macrophylla as being part of the Hydrangea L. genus and cultivar. The Hydrangea L. genus of beautiful hortensia blooming plants is then sub-categorized into the 2 different hydrangea flower shapes which are:
Hydrangea Macrophylla species are characterized by
The Arborescens species of hydrangeas are characterized by the native smooth and sweet scented Annabelle hydrangeas.
The Quercifolia species of hydrangeas are characterized by Oakleaf and Snow Queen hydrangeas.
Below you will find a short description for each hydrangea flower species with a link to a more in depth page which is filled with information on the varieties and colors of plants that fall under each of the species.