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Hydrangea macrophylla Magical® Opal

EVERLASTING COLOR FOR YOUR GARDEN™ Strong, sturdy stems support large lavender pink mop head blooms that age to a lovely lime green.

The matriarch of the Everlasting line, Opal continues to amaze. Sturdy, mop head blooms on thick, upright stems emerge bright, lavender-pink.  As the blooms mature, they change to lime green and develop pink picotee markings, but remain strong and sturdy as a cut flower. The final aging stage of this grand and stately beauty is celadon green, a favorite of mine and many brides too. This is one plant you’ll want in your garden for viewing and for cutting year after year.

Gardeners will love the mopheads of the Magical® Everlasting Series with their variety of colors, handsome foliage, and sturdy plants. Each stem is a bouquet, and even a young plant makes a show worthy of Mother’s Day. Be sure to create a display of Everlasting hydrangeas as a gift, perhaps in a planter ready to adorn the doorstep. On the other hand, one stem in a pretty vase at checkout will send customers back to the nursery wanting more. These hydrangeas got their start as strong-stemmed cut flowers, but they have proven to be outstanding plants overall and garden hardy in zones 5 to 8.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Magical® Opal hydrangea
  • Botanical Name

    Hydrangea macrophylla 'Xian' PP20483
  • Type

  • Bloom Time

    Summer on old and new wood
  • Bloom Color

    Medium pink or blue

Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

    Summer on old and new wood
  • Size

    3-4′ tall by 3-4′ wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Part sun-prefers afternoon shade
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    Moist, well-drained
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Foundations, cutting gardens, wildlife gardens, borders, foundations, small urban gardens
  • Propagation

  • Pruning

    If you live in the North: Cut off any dead wood in late May, after the leaves have started to unfurl. If you live in the South: Should you see any dead wood, prune it back to live wood in early spring, after the leaves have started to unfurl.

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