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Hydrangea serrata 'Mountain Mania'

Mountain Hydrangea

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Hydrangea serrata 'Mountain Mania' – From Ed Bowen comes this remarkable seedling selection with beautiful bright orange new foliage – Tang, anyone? The leaves mellow to yellow as they age. New growth through the season emerges with a darker red tone but also ages noticeably yellow. This is a striking new plant and one that will glow in part shade. The lace cap flowers are beautiful, blue fertile florets secured by an outer ring of sterile white florets. Autumn leaves deepen to a rich, autumnal mix with red being the predominant shade. Ed Bowen tells us this is not a pure H. serrata. One of the common names of this species is Tea of Heaven... this is a most heavenly tea! Part sun will likely garner better, richer foliage color. Shade will engender greener leaves. Though we are designating this beautiful shrub to be bud hardy at the USDA zone 6 perhaps 5b, Ed Bowen who resides in zone 7 thinks (with a question mark) that this plant may be bud hardy through zone 5. These are full sun tolerant given their soil is fertile and constantly moist. For gardeners towards the northern end of its range spring planting is advised. Established potted Mountain Hydrangea, cutting grown.


3-4 ft


3-4 ft




(5b)6 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Hydrangea serrata 'Mountain Mania'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Border
  • Foundation
  • Specimen
  • Accent
  • Labyrinth
  • Shrub Border
  • Collector Plant
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Draining


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Hydrangea serrata

This species originates in the mountains of Japan and Korea. Though it is purportedly hardier than H. macrophylla we seldom see flowers in USDA zone 5b; as such we are listing all of the following cultivars as better doers in zones 6 to 9. The ovate to lanceolate foliage tends to be narrower than its close cousin, H. macrophylla. The smaller leaves support an over all more delicate appearance. And as with H. macrophylla there are also both lace caps and mop heads occurring in this species and will be noted below. We've seen this group also listed as H. macrophylla var. serrata. All prefer fertile soil to sandy loam. All of the following cultivars are cutting grown.