Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmacseven'
Height: 3 - 5 feet
Spread: 3 - 5 feet
Sunlight: Full Sun; Part Sun; Part Shade
Bloom Time: May to September
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
The first of its kind in this species, Eclipse features dark leaves all season long, with best dark color in full sun. Although it can handle full sun with enough moisture, it will be happiest in a part sun location. Enormous cranberry colored globe-shaped flowers rebloom all season long. Amethyst blooms can be achieved by turning the soil acidic through applications of aluminum sulfate; however, this must be kept up with as they are naturally cranberry colored in the clay soil of Indiana. Foliage is somewhat coarse. Do not prune after June, and only lightly prune to shape and remove dead in the spring. Spent flowers can be deadheaded. Flowers can be used in floral bouquets. Eclipse has improved disease resistance. It will benefit with some winter protection of a leaf mulch.
Other Names: Bigleaf Hydrangea; Big Leaf Hydrangea; French Hydrangea