Pot Size: 10 litre
Description: Originally thought to be a Hydrangea species as described in the Flora of China, but after further investigation it has been recognised as a natural bi-generic hybrid. Forming a shrubs to only 1.5m tall where I found this unusual species in the wild in cleared forest where animals grazed, close to the border with China in northern Vietnam in the autumn of 2006. Immediately recognisable as different on account of the glossy elliptic leaves that were purple on both sides in the sun, a trait it has yet to perform in our garden, probably due to the lack of sun. In our garden the broad terminal cymes of all fertile blue to purple flowers are born all summer into autumn. Best grown in a drained fertile soil with some moisture retention in sun or light shade out of freezing winds. Syn. H. lingii.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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