Hydrangea macrophylla 'Zebra' (PBR)

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  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Flower colour: white
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The glowing white flowerheads and lush green foliage provide a brilliant contrast to the near-black stems. This new hydrangea is perfect for adding a burst of colour to a partially shaded bed and will also make a fine, informal, flowering hedge. Their long flowering period throughout summer and autumn and their tough and undemanding nature, means that these wonderful deciduous shrubs should be top of most gardeners wishlists.

  • Garden care: Leave the old flower heads in place through the winter. As the new shoots start to emerge in spring cut back a third to a quarter of the previous seasons flowering stems to the base and cut back the remaining flower heads to the first pair of buds.

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  • Q:

    I have had this plant for 2 years now and no flowers have been produced. The plant continues to look unwell with lime green leaves that are brown, any ideas? It is in a partially shady spot that has some late sun.
    Asked on 10/8/2016 by Mandy from United Kingdom

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      Hydrangeas are very happy in partial shade, however if you want them to flowr well, they will need a decent amount of light. Also, they are thirsty plants, so if they are grown beneath mature trees or in a 'rain shadow', they will struggle unless they are kept very well watered. Finally, if the leaves are not turning a rich green colour, then it may indicate that the plant is not receiving enough nutrients. Ideally these plants should be fed with a good general purpose fertiliser from mid- to late spring to midsummer.

      Answered on 11/8/2016 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    I planted a container-grown Zebra last year. It looks vigorous and has grown well (it was planted with plenty of compost and has been fed) but there has been no sign of any flowers developing. It is in a rather shady location (morning sun only and near taller established shrubs) which could be dry but almost certainly hasn't been this year. I have not pruned it at all. The soil is heavy alkaline clay. What is your advice? Should I prune it at all in the spring - or try to move it to a sunnier spot!?
    Asked on 1/8/2016 by Binkie from Croydon, Surrey

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      I think your suspicions are probably right as while these plants are tolerant of shade, they will not produce many (if any) flowers if they are grown in heavy shade. Therefore it may be worthwhile moving it to a sunnier spot if possible and giving it some sulphate of potash.

      Answered on 5/8/2016 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Can you confirm how tall these grow. We are looking to plant these in a border alongside box balls .
    Asked on 1/8/2016 by julie from sussex

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      A:

      Hello,

      These are relatively compact so will grow to around 1 metre in height.

      Answered on 5/8/2016 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Hi

    I love the Hydrangea Zebra but I need it for a quite a sunny South / East side. Will it still thrive? I wouldn't like to end up with sun scorched flowers?
    Asked on 9/4/2016 by dotty from Birmingham

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      A:

      Hello,

      These plants can be grown in full sun, however it is vital that they are kept really well watered - and the water is applied at the base of the plant, not from above, as this can scorch the flowers.

      Answered on 11/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Hi
    I purchased and planted two Zebra Hydrangea's in July which I adore. They have put on lots of new growth and have new white flower heads forming.

    However, the existing flower heads very quickly turned lime green on one plant and are tinged with pink on the other plant. They are both planted on an east facing wall, some distance from each other and are not overcrowded. They have been well watered (at root level not over the heads) and fed once a week with a seaweed feed during the summer. Do you have any idea why the existing white heads have gone green/pink while new growth is white? Do you think it may rectify itself when I de-head in the spring and we start afresh! Many thanks!
    Asked on 15/9/2015 by Head Gardener from Oxfordshire

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      A:

      Hello,

      It is not unusual for the 'petals' of these flowers to emerge green, turn white and then pink as they start to die off. Unfortunately the cold and damp weather we have had this year however has meant that many summer flowering plants have struggled, and therefore I suspect they are not holding their white colour for as long as they normally would. I'm pretty confident that there is noting wrong (apart from the weather) and if we have a better summer next year the flowerheads will be more typical of the plant.

      Answered on 16/9/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    This is the third season for our Hydrangea BlACK sTEEL zEBRA and the flower heads have been turning brown in the last three weeks and this has been the pattern every year. Its location is a border facing South West and in the sun from, say, 1pm in full summer but there is partial shade from other shrubs. We understand that these are thirsty specimens and we have seen a dry climate and much sunshine from late spring.
    Do you have any tips for promoting longer lasting blooms, please?
    Asked on 10/8/2015 by bugbear from North Somerset

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      This may be normal as the flowerheads do turn brown as they start to die back, but it could also be caused by a lack of water - or overhead watering during the hottest part of the day. The latter leaves big dollops of water on the 'petals' and if these are hit by a hot sun, they can cause scorching.

      Answered on 12/8/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    I have some Zebra Hydrangeas just planted this spring in new landscaping. The blossoms are now brown with not many new buds my instruction sheet said I should dead head to get new blooms but I an hesitant as I have always heard one must be careful with hydrangeas.
    Asked on 18/6/2015 by METS from Northwest Indiana

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      We recommend leaving the old flower heads in place over winter, and as the new shoots start to emerge in spring, you can cut back a third to a quarter of the previous seasons flowering stems to their base. Then cut back the remaining flower heads to the first pair of buds.

      Answered on 24/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Is this hydrangea suitable for a container? Want to put it in an urn by the front door.
    Asked on 5/5/2015 by Lu from London

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      A:

      Hello,

      Yes, this will do very well in a large container, provided it is kept well fed and watered.

      Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    I would like to plant a hydrangea Zebra in a 1m border next to a 2m high fence facing east. Soil is relatively dry but due to be improved with lots of compost. Do you think this hydrangea will thrive? Garden is a white town garden so looking for multiseason plant of this height with white flowers. Thanks.
    Asked on 24/4/2015 by Nc95 from London

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      A:

      Hello,

      If you can improve the soil and make sure the plant is kept well watered (hydrangeas are reasonably thirsty plants), then yes, I think it would be ideal.

      Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Hi, I have several of these Hydrangeas planted in large troughs along a border. Some of them seem healthy and have put on some new growth whilst others seem to be struggling. One or two leaves have started to turn brown (from the tip to the halfway point) shrivel up and die. Some of the plants have produced flowers and some haven't. All the plants have been planted in the same soil and in the same area of the garden. Thanks Tracey P.S. What should I do to the affected leaves?
    Asked on 18/8/2014 by I don't have one from Nottinghamshire

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      It is not unusual for the leaves of these plants to start looking tatty by the end of summer and any leaves that really spoil the look of the plant can be removed. As for why some of your plants are struggling and others are flourishing, it may be that they are planted too densely and there is just not enough room for them. Hydrangeas are pretty thirsty plants, and particularly when they are grown in pots, they do need lots of water. Feeding them with a good general purpose fertiliser such as MiracleGro or Vitax Q4 during the growing season will also help keep them in tip top condition.

      Answered on 27/8/2014 by helen from crocus
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