This horticultural marvel has flowers with three phases of coloration. An award-winning hydrangea, Kaleidoscope's flowers change from soft pastel pink to lime green to dark cherry red, creating a dramatic display. Hydrangeas are impressive when grouped or massed in the shrub border where they provide gorgeous mid to late summer color. Kaleidoscope Hydrangea is also striking when planted as a specimen or accent for foundations. Its blooms make dramatic fresh and dried floral bouquets. Kaleidoscope Hydrangea grows best in partial shade with protection from the hot, late-afternoon sun. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hobella'
Planting InstructionsBest in partial shade with protection from hot late-afternoon sun
Winter CareIn zone 5, mulch heavily and locate in very sheltered location to protect flower buds from winter damage.
Flower FormFlowers appear in corollas, opening from outside in. Resembles a lace cape that becomes spherical in full bloom.
Foliage TypeLarge Dark Green Leaves
Pruning TimeAfter flowering, blooms on previous season's wood.
Soil RequirementWell-drained amended soil
PruningAfter flowering, blooms on previous season's wood.
Additional InformationAt Plantarium 1994, won Best Innovation award. Gold medal, Royal Assoc. for Boskoop cultures. Developed by Vader Koos and Wilco Hofstede in Huessen, Netherlands.
Unique CharactersticsNewer cultivar which has flowers with three phases of coloration - pink (about 4-6 weeks) to green (about 3-8 weeks) to dark cherry red once cool nights of fall begin (about 4-8 weeks). 3 colors on one plant at a time. Horticultural marvel. Slight fragrance.