Silver-leaved hydrangea is an attractive shrub native to Appalachia. It has lacecap clusters of flowers in early summer that emerge green and change to white. Its distinctive characteristic is the silvery underside of its leaves. Silver-leaved hydrangea is somewhat sensitive to drought, so it needs a site with moist soil. The plant pictured here is the cultivar 'Samantha'.
- Deciduous (foliage falls off)
- North America
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Zone 9
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Clay soil
- Acid soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Mixed border
- Mid summer
- Late summer
- Early fall
- Mid fall
- Late fall
Size and Form
4 to 6 feet high and wide; mounded form.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in moist, well-drained acid soils and light shade.
Disease, pests and problems
No serious problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Appalachia.
Bark color and texture
Smooth, shiny gray-brown.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, opposite, green leaves with silvery undersides; 2 to 8 inches long with toothed edges.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Large clusters of white flowers in a lacecap arrangement.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
The actual fruit (a dry capsule) is not ornamentally important, but the remains of the dry flower heads that surround them do provide winter interest.
Cultivars and their differences
Samantha (Hydrangea radiata 'Samantha'): The flowers are in a snowball-type cluster, instead of a lacecap.