Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue'

Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue'

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Considered the most reliable blue-flowered mophead hydrangea
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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

6 Feet

Mature Width

6 Feet

Sun / Shade

Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay

Description / Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue'

Meet the stunning 'Nikko Blue' Hydrangea ? a deciduous flowering shrub that graces your garden with year-round beauty. Blooming early, this hydrangea puts on a floral display from early spring through fall with magnificent clusters of mophead blooms on old wood.

Featuring large 4- to 5-inch clusters of florets in pink or blue, 'Nikko Blue' Hydrangea stands out with fleshy leaves on strong stems. These blooms aren't just eye-catching but also perfect for fresh or dried arrangements, adding a touch of elegance to your indoor and outdoor spaces.

With a cane-like growth, this multistemmed shrub has an upright, rounded form, growing rapidly. 'Nikko Blue' Hydrangea is easy to grow, thriving in full sun with a bit of afternoon shade. For optimal growth, provide rich, well-draining soil and ample water. While it prefers shade, it can handle more sun if the soil stays consistently moist.

As winter approaches, witness the transformation of flower clusters into warm tan and caramel tones, complementing the peeling papery brown bark. This textured display, against a snowy backdrop, adds a delightful element to your winter garden. The hollow stems also serve as cozy nesting spots for bees, contributing to your garden's ecological balance.

Keep an eye out for leaf spot, a common concern for hydrangeas. Ensure the health of your plant by maintaining healthy buds and addressing any signs of distress promptly. Consider adding sulfate to the soil as part of your care routine.

The 'Nikko Blue' Hydrangea, like its counterparts, undergoes a stunning transformation based on soil pH. In alkaline soil, blooms take on a charming pink hue, while in acidic soils, they boast a delightful blue coloration. This natural phenomenon adds an extra layer of versatility and beauty to an already splendid shrub.

For enthusiasts looking to enhance color, add an acidifer to the soil for captivating blue hues. Conversely, adjusting the soil pH with lime can produce a charming pink palette. Right after flowering, prune out spent blooms, and weak or damaged stems to promote a healthy structure and encourage vibrant blooms.

Elevate your garden with the timeless allure of the 'Nikko Blue' Hydrangea from Wayside Gardens. Watch as it unfolds its botanical wonders, casting a spell of beauty and fascination throughout the seasons. Order now to bring this captivating hydrangea variety to your garden sanctuary.

Discover tips to ensure your hydrangeas thrive, from soil preparation to pruning techniques, by following our expert advice on the Hydrangea Planting and General Care Guide and the How to Prune Hydrangea Plants blog.

Product Details

Genus Hydrangea
Species macrophylla
Variety 'Nikko Blue'
Product Classification Shrubs
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Part Shade
Bloom Color Blue, Pink
Max Bloom Size 4.00
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Mid Summer
Foliage Color Medium Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Special Features Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Rose Companions
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Ornamental, Specimen
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Customer Reviews

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Review by Margaret
I love this plant. I have had it for a long time. It does tend to wilts little when dry & hot. Has beautiful big blue blooms & loads of them. I have taken several cuttings & rooted them to give away.
Product was as advertised, but shipping be aware of shipping policy
Review by Kelly
I ordered this plant for mother's day and paid double the price in shipping for the 2 day so that she would have it before then. Well I assumed 2 day shipping meant it would be there in 2 days (I ordered 4 days before mother's day, so I thought that would be sufficient). Shipping does not include "processing time" so my only complaint is that it does not say this with the shipping options. So just be aware of Wayside's shipping policies but overall the plant seemed to be in good shape and we'll see if it produces anything like the pictures.
very nice plant
Review by hydrangea lover
I received my plant in excellent shape. They were bigger than I expected. Now can't wait to see their beautiful blooms. Plant was packaged very carefully and soil was not dry. Very pleased and will be ordering more plants. Just ordered one for my mom for mothers day and can't wait to hear how she like her plant. I looked at ones in my local nursery and they were still dormant and very brown which is normal. Can't wait to receive my next order. Overall experience I am very happy my plant is very green unlike all the local nurseries and I will be ordering all my hydrangeas from here for now on
Beautiful plants
Review by Anonymous
The plants arrived a day before I expected them and they are beautiful. Much nicer than the ones at my local garden center.
huge, beautiful flowers!
Review by Anita
Be sure to have a large area for this plant. It gets big and has so many flowers that I have cut flowers for arrangements all summer long. I've been playing with soil pH, so I have blue, lavender and pink all on the same bush - gorgeous!

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