Hydrangea macrophylla 'Zebra' (PBR)

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Buy Hydrangea macrophylla 'Zebra' (PBR) hydrangea: Glowing white flowerheads on near-black stems

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • 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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Best of the Best.

5

The hydrangea is unusual and looks great even as it is approaching autumn. It has grown really well and the name Zebra is an excellent name for this lovely plant. I really have a very soft spot for all varieties of hydrangea.

Plant Potty

Bradford, God's Own Country

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I love this black-stemmed hydrangea

5

This beauty looks great planted around a standard bay tree, inside a large circle of box hedging. The four plants filled out very well in the first season and the black stems against the initially white heads look wonderful. Plants need a but of support so each one is growiing inside a metal rose basket which disappears from sight as the plant bushesout. Wonderful plant, would definitely buy again.

Lynne, lover of gardens

Lincolnshire

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Pretty dark stemmed hydrangea

4

I love hydrangeas as versatile, trouble free and with low management. This one was a little slow to get going but it has been so dry here and despite occasional heavy watering has been a bit slow to get going. I am sure next season it will surge ahead. The black stems are most attractive.

Scrumpy72

London

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Not flowered yet but growing well

4

Looking forward to seeing it flowering this year

Ronnie

South

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Lovely hydrangea

5

I bought this at the back end of last year so not seen it in flower yet, but it is a good sturdy, healthy plant, budding up well for spring and is surviving the winter in a pot really well

Holly's mum

Leicester

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Great plant

5

Great quality

Gareth

Shropshire

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A lovely Hydrangea

5

Zebra is lovely and unusual hydrangea with black stems and white, with a tiny hint of green, large flowers. It loves semi shade and, at 4 foot tall, perfect for a border and in a large patio pot.

Penny

Kent

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Great favourite

5

My favourite hydrangea. Strong healthy plants. Excellent secure packaging meant plants arrived in tip top condition,

Gail

Norfolk

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Not True Colour - plant supplied not white but off pink.

1

Plant in good condition and healthy.However when flowed in summer was not white but off pink.

Bob the Gardner

Kent

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No flowers yet but going strong

2

Nice quality plant but no flowers yet .... Not sure if I would r comend

Megs

Greater London

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Hydrangea macrophylla'Zebra (PBR)'

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I'd like to plant a Zebra in a shady bed that only gets a little afternoon sun - I know, not ideal. Would it work or could you recommend another small/compact hydrangea, ideally white? Or if really not a good idea, another striking flowering shrub suitable for shade.

Dominia

Hello there Hydrangeas wil tolerate partial shade but are not shade loving plants. If they don't get enough sun they won't flower and will struggle to grow. It really depends how much sun the area gets. However there are other plants that like shady conditions so it might be better to choose one of these. I have attached a link below to some shrubs that do like shade. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/mahonia-eurybracteata-subsp-ganpinensis-soft-caress-pbr/classid.2000020849/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/sarcococca-hookeriana-var-digyna--purple-stem/classid.2000011744/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/mahonia-nitens-cabaret-pbr/classid.2000012848/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/aucuba-japonica-crotonifolia/classid.7528/

Hi I have a 42 litre metal container which I want to use to plant a white hydrangea. I would ideally like a hydrangea which doesn't change colour as the flower matures through the season. Could you tell me which would be the most suitable hydrangea, what size plant I should purchase and what compost I should fill my metal container with? The position will be morning sunshine and afternoon shade.

Debs

Hello, The flowerheads of most hydrangeas will change colour as they mature, however I would say that the following tend to hold their colour better than most... Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hydrangea-arborescens-incrediball-abetwo-pbr/classid.2000014460/ Hydrangea macrophylla 'Zebra' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hydrangea-macrophylla-zebra-pbr/classid.2000014390/ Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hydrangea-macrophylla-blushing-bride-pbr/classid.2000020874/ I would mention though that metal containers can get pretty hot and that can have a detrimental effect on the roots, so ideally it should be placed in a position that is sheltered from sun during the hottest part of the day.

Helen

When should I plant this?

Hopeless Homebuilding

Hello there As a general rule fully hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise, so now would be a great time to plant this hydrangea.

I have a large flower bed that needs some good foliage and colour - when should I be planting these?

Newbuild novice

Hello there As a general rule fully hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise, so now is a great time to plant a hydrangea.

I have a large flower bed that needs some good foliage and colour - when should I be planting these?

Newbuild novice

Hello there As a general rule fully hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise, so now would a great time to plant these hydrangeas.

Anonymous

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.

Mandy

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.

Helen

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!?

Binkie

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.

Helen

Can you confirm how tall these grow. We are looking to plant these in a border alongside box balls .

julie

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

Helen

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?

dotty

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.

Helen

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!

Head Gardener

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.

Helen

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