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Help ID shrub: viburnum or grandiflora hydrangea?

Posted by musik_mama 5a (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 5, 13 at 23:02

Hello all and thanks in advance! We moved into a 100 year old house in March...and I have spent a lot of time learning about all the things growing around our home and how to care for them. :) I uncovered a short but wide stump in front of our porch, where the previous owner (house flipper) had planted ugly dogwood close by to hide it. Late summer, these babies had all popped up. For the the last few weeks, I've thought its viburnum, but I'm not so sure...I think the leaves are closer to hydrangea.


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RE: Help ID shrub: viburnum or grandiflora hydrangea?

I think Hydrangea..possibly Ayesha


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RE: Help ID shrub: viburnum or grandiflora hydrangea?

I second Hydrangea, could be 'Ayesha'. Usually the heads are bigger but this looks like a young plant.


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RE: Help ID shrub: viburnum or grandiflora hydrangea?

I'm not sure---I've looked up Ayesha, and the proper zone for that is 6-9. I'm 5a in Iowa. After a bit of time, the flowers turned a blush pink, and darkened to a mauve color. I'm not seeing if Ayesha starts with white buds or pink/blue. Also, wondering how the leaves are arranged, but I can't find a good description. Does anyone have a good "go to" detailed source for plant descriptions?


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RE: Help ID shrub: viburnum or grandiflora hydrangea?

It was mostly the shape of the petals and the arrangement of them that reminded me of Ayesha, but no it does not start out white. It has very glossy leaves, which also remind me of Ayesha, but I think definitely a Hydrangea.


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RE: Help ID shrub: viburnum or grandiflora hydrangea?

fyi my Ayesha


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RE: Help ID shrub: viburnum or grandiflora hydrangea?

You should certainly post more images than just the one, to show whole plant(s), leaf arrangement, etc.

I think you definitely have a Hydrangea there (probably Hydrangea paniculata selection or seedling), and that is definitely NOT a viburnum.


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