Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate'
(Rough-leaved Hydrangea) A handsome small to medium sized, deciduous shrub with large, soft chocolate burgundy coloured leaves and violet-blue lacecap-like flowers in mid to late summer.
A superb plant for dappled or partial shade with a little shelter from strong winds. Grows very well in a large container.
These plants were pruned hard in early autumn to promote a good branching habit when they start to grow in Spring.
Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate' is a handsome deciduous shrub with soft chocolate burgundy coloured leaves and violet-blue lacecap-like flowers in mid to late summer. The older leaves generally turn to dark green as they age.
An excellent plant for adding a bit of foliage colour to a border in light, dappled or partial shade. Avoid hot and sunny positions to reduce the risk of leaf scorch in summer.
- Position: Light, dappled or partial shade.
- Soil: Moist yet well drained, fertile soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Flowering Period: June - September.
- Rate of Growth: Moderate.
- Habit: Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate' grows to be a medium sized branching shrub with a rounded habit once established.
- Height: eventually 2.5 - 3 m (8 - 10 ft) / or 2.5 m (8 ft) after 10 years
- Spread: 2.5 m (8 ft) / or 2.5 m (8 ft) after 10 years
- Pruning: Remove dead or damaged stems in late winter or early spring.
- How Much Sun
- Shade, Light Shade, Full Sun
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Medium (1.5m - 3m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Acid, Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Damp/Wet
- Special Features
- Flowers in Summer, Suitable for Containers, Foliage - Purple/Red