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Shooting Star Hydrangea

Shooting Star hydrangea is also known as the cultivars 'Hanabi', 'Fireworks' and 'Fuji Waterfall'. They have a spectacular lacecap type flower, but the outer flowers are double petaled and look like stars. The flowers remain white for 4 to 6 weeks.





After that they mature to a pale green. The large dark green leaves form a perfect backdrop to the showy flowers. It grows from 3 to 5 feet tall and wide when mature. This deciduous plant needs protection from freezing since the blossoms form on old wood.

Landscaping Ideas

Use this hydrangea as a foundation plant or as a specimen in a protected spot. Since it likes partial shade, it will give you a spectacular show in an area you may otherwise be struggling to find something suitable.

It looks nice in a container or in a shrub border. Containers of this hydrangea look beautiful on a patio. The showy star like flowers put on the perfect display in early to mid summer.

Caring for the Shooting Star

Most Shooting Star hydrangeas on the market have been forced to bloom for holidays or for sale in stores.

The best way to transition these stressed plants is to repot them immediately into a larger pot into rich soil. Protect it from too much sun while it adapts to your outdoor weather. It should grow new shoots if it is happy.

In the fall, plant it in a protected spot in the garden. Water it well on a regular basis. Feed in the spring before new growth begins. If it freezes in the winter, you will lose some blooms.

Alternatively, you can keep it as a potted plant and protect it in the winter in a garage or sheltered porch. Watering is still needed in the winter even though it is dormant. When you bring it out again in the spring, it will need to harden off again to the increased light and the temperatures.

Prune only as needed to maintain size and shape or to remove dead or diseased portions.

Hydrangea Information

  • Scientific Name: Hydrangea macrophylla 'Shooting Star'

  • Best Soil: Rich, well-drained soil; likes it slightly acidic

  • Light: Full sun in coastal areas; partial shade where the sun gets hot

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Dark glossy green

  • Bloom: Lace cap flower clusters; the outside flowers have double petals and are star-shaped

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide in a loose, rounded shape

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 – 10



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