Hydrangea Aspera Macrophylla
These plants, native to China, are shade-loving species and cannot stand direct exposure to the sun's rays. This is because they are very sensitive varieties and the intense heat of the sun's rays could burn the leaves.
Let's start to see what are the characteristics of Macrophylla hydrangea:
Height: around 300 centimeters
Leaf: dark green, elliptical, eyelash margin
Inflorescence: convex, numerous fertile purple flowers in the center surrounded, just below, by white-pink sterile (lacecap). Characteristic bush with large leaves, velvety on both sides. Of considerable size, both in height and in width, it needs shady positions and large spaces, which gives it an impressive appearance.
Hydrangea Aspera Mauvette
Height: around 200 centimeters
Leaf: light green, elliptical, toothed margin
Inflorescence: fertile flowers in the center surrounded by sterile, both of an intense lilac color
Hydrangea similar to 'macrophylla' however has a slightly smaller leaf, lighter in color, less velvety on the underside, with a central red vein. The inflorescence is instead more convex, the fertile flowers turn to dark red in autumn, while the sterile ones lend themselves to being dried and, thus turning to blue-gray, give an autumnal touch to the compositions. As for the 'Macrophylla', it is a bush of considerable size and, like it, needs shady positions and adequate spaces.
Hydrangea Aspera Villosa
Height: hardly exceeds 250 centimeters
Leaf: dark green, lanceolate, opaque and silky on the upper side, gray and fluffy on the underside, serrated edge
Flowering: later than the other aspera, from the end of July to September
Inflorescence: the shape is that of lacecap, fertile white-pink flowers, the sterile gathered in corymbs about 15 cm wide, of a pale purple and composed of four sepals with slightly tightened margins.
Shrub native to China where it sprouts in nature, roundish, with angular and hairy branches. Delicate, excellent at the base of walls, it particularly loves shady positions sheltered from the wind. The branches, thin and sinuous, give a light, irregular, luminous appearance.
Hydrangea Aspera Sargentiana
Height: around 400 centimeters
Leaf: opaque green, elliptical, very wide, velvety on both sides, double teeth at the edges
Flowering: from July-August to September
Inflorescence: lacecap, the fertile pale purple, the sterile, composed of four sepals, white
The largest in size, this aspera, which like the others requires shady positions, reaches 200 centimeters in width and reaches over 400 in height. Precisely for this reason, the white sterile flowers appear disproportionately small for the size of the bush and the inflorescence, but remain highly decorative. The whole plant, for its imposing size, for the leaves, the petioles and the hairy branches gives something more to the large gardens: an unusual air and an aspello halfway between the majestic and the regal.