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Hydrangea bretschneideri

Hydrangea bretschneideri 'Bougie' - Mongolian hydrangea 'Bougie'

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’Bougie’ is an unusual form of the species found at Arboretum Mustila; its long dangling flower clusters have a lot of double flowers in the outer sterile ring. The name ‘Bougie’ is a reference to the vine Bougainville (Bougainvillea), which has similar flowers.

Otherwise ’Bougie’ resembles the other summer hydrangeas but the flowers make it unique, and very closely associated with Mustila. The original shrub grows on the Terassi (Terrace), but younger specimens have been planted near the south-east entrance to the Alppiruusulaakso (Rhododendron Valley). The variety has also appeared in recent years among the selections available from nurseries.

 

Kasvin perustiedot
Suomenkielinen nimi: 
Kesähortensia 'Bougie'
Heimo: 
Hydrangeaceae
Suku: 
Hydrangea
Laji: 
bretschneideri
Lajike: 
'Bougie'
Koko: 
3–4 m.
Alkuperä: 
Mustilasta löytynyt siementaimi.
Kuvaus: 
Reheväkasvuinen pensas, jolla on riippuvat, kerrotut laitakukat.
Kasvupaikka: 
Aurinkoinen tai puolivarjoinen kasvupaikka. Tuore ja ravinteikas maa.
Menestyminen: 
Vyöhykkeet I–IV.

Hydrangea bretschneideri - Mongolian hydrangea 'Bretschneideri'

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The Russian Emil Bretschneider collected hydrangea seed near Peking. Separating the resulting species from each other is difficult, but this variety has a chestnut brown trunk which increasingly peels as the plant matures, and the undersides of the leaves are felted; the combination of these characteristics is perhaps the best way of recognising it.

The white inflorescences are flat and decorative, the sterile outer ring turning reddish as they age. At Mustila this variety grows on the Terassi (Terrace), the shrubs forming a beautiful arch over the path. It flowers earlier than many hydrangeas.

Hydrangea bretschneideri is generally considered extremely hardy, and the dark brown bark is attractive throughout the year.

 

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