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Edible uses


Young leaves and shoots - cooked[1]. These leaves do not become sweet like those of sspp thunbergii or amagiana or those of H. macrophylla[2].


Material uses

Can be grown as a low hedge[3], it is quite wind tolerant.
There are no material uses listed for Hydrangea serrata.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Hydrangea serrata.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions



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Seed - surface sow in a greenhouse in spring[4]. Cover the pot with paper until the seed germinates[5]. 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, July/August in a frame. Overwinter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring[5]. Cuttings of mature wood in late autumn in a frame[6]. Mound layering in spring. Takes 12 months[5].

Leaf-bud cuttings of the current seasons growth in a frame[6].

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Tolerates most soil[6], thriving in a well-drained loamy soil[7], but resenting dryness at the roots[8][6]. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade[6], but if it is grown in a low rainfall area then it requires shade at the hottest part of the day[8]. Does well on very acid soils with a pH around 4.5[6]. Tolerates alkaline soils, but it may become chlorotic on shallow soils over chalk[6]. The colour of the flowers reflects the pH of the soil the plant is growing in, the flowers are pink in a neutral to alkaline soil and blue in an acid soil[6].

Plants are hardy to about -25°c when dormant but the young growth in spring can be killed by late frosts. A very ornamental plant, there are many named varieties[9]. Considerable difficulties exist in the nomenclature for this species and H. microphylla. They are treated here in accordance with \"Bean's Manual of Trees and Shrubs\", though many botanists view H. serrata as no more than a sub-species of H. macrophylla.

This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus[6].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Hydrangea serrata.




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Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Hydrangea serrata
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
2 x 1 meters
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? 1.01.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Kariyone. T. Atlas of Medicinal Plants. ()
  3. ? 3.03.1 Shepherd. F.W. Hedges and Screens. Royal Horticultural Society. ISBN 0900629649 (1974-00-00)
  4. ? Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
  5. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  6. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  7. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  8. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  9. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
  10. ? Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)

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