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Cultural Details for Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lemon Wave'

Common Name:
Lemon Wave Bigleaf Hydrangea

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:
3' - 6' but this is a smaller statured cultivar

Average Mature Width:
Spread may be equal to or greater than height

Flower Details:
Lacecap flowers can vary in color all the way from white to mauve to blue.

Fruit Details:
Capsule, 0.25" to 0.3125" long, not showy

Fall Color:
Not remarkable

Bark Details:
Light shiny, gray or straw-brown color

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Hydrangeas are generally trouble-free and very rewarding

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Most noted for its unusual variegated foliage. Dark green leaves are irregularly blotched with patches of white, creamy yellow or lemon yellow.

Culture and Care:
Transplant into moist, well-drained, soil which has been amended with peat moss or leaf mold; best in partial shade

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 54

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.