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Hydrangea hirta is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It has edible uses.
E. Asia - C. Japan.
Tolerates most soils[
], thriving in a well-drained loamy soil[
], but resenting dryness at the roots[
]. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade[
], but if it is grown in a low rainfall area then it requires shade at the hottest part of the day[
]. It grows well on very acid soils with a pH around 4.5[
Although the dormant plant is quite hardy in Britain, the young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts.
Closely related to H. scandens[
This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus[
Leaves - cooked[
]. Eaten with rice[
Seed - surface sow in a greenhouse in spring[
]. Cover the pot with paper until the seed germinates[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 8cm long, mid summer in a frame. Overwinter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring[
Cuttings of mature wood in late autumn in a frame[
Mound layering in spring. Takes 12 months[
Leaf-bud cuttings of the current seasons growth in a frame[