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Close up of Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea, lots of dark pink almost red flowers with wispy white and light green flower buds
Close up of Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea, lots of dark pink almost red flowers with wispy white and light green flower buds
Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea, lots of dark pink almost red colored flowers with wispy white to light green colored flower buds and large dark green leaves
Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea, dark pink almost red colored flowers circled around a cluster of more flower buds sat atop of large dark green leaves
Close up of Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea, lots of dark pink almost red flowers with wispy white and light green flower buds
Close up of Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea, lots of dark pink almost red flowers with wispy white and light green flower buds
Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea, lots of dark pink almost red colored flowers with wispy white to light green colored flower buds and large dark green leaves
Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea, dark pink almost red colored flowers circled around a cluster of more flower buds sat atop of large dark green leaves

AN EXPLOSION OF LONG LASTING CHERRY RED BLOSSOMS

  • Sharp red florets circle petite, light-pink, star shaped flowers
  • Fall will bring a burgundy red foliage, and a pale purple bloom
  • Birds, bees, and butterflies will love this addition to your landscape
  • The hardiest Hydrangea you can ask for, very easily cared for
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
  • Mature Height: 3-4' tall
  • Mature Width: 3-4' wide
  • Exposure: Partial Sun
  • Spacing: 3-5' apart

Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Hydrangea macrophylla 'McKay' PP28,757

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Why plant Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea?

Be sure to give this lacecap variety of Hydrangea a wide berth in spring when the cherry red flowers explode against the dark green leaves! The Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea is an awe-inducing hydrangea with hot pink to red florets that surround the petite, star-shaped pinkish-white flowers - as per the lacecap 'style'. These blooms, sitting atop the large and deep green foliage, are non-stop and long-lasting, providing a sweet showing all season long. As the summer nights being to cool, the foliage transitions to a deep burgundy to purple color and the flowers fade to a delicate pale purple - prolonging the beauty and enjoyment of this darling hydrangea!

Bigleaf Hydrangeas have been a popular addition to landscapes since the early 1800s, when Sir Joseph Banks introduced these gorgeous plants to England from Japan. Since then, hundreds of varieties have been created and introduced to the marketplace. The Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea was introduced by McKay Nursery in Waterloo, Wisconsin by Thomas Buechel - the owner of McKay's. With the goal of developing a cold hardy lacecap hydrangea, Thomas got down to work and from there, the Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea was born!

How to use Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea in the landscape?

The Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea deserves a location front and center for all to see and enjoy! Line your walkways with this long-lasting bloomer, use it as a low hedge, or in your pollinator garden - the showy blooms will attract all sorts of birds, bees and butterflies to your landscape!

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Cherry Explosion Bigleaf Hydrangea

Big Leaf Hydrangea grow best when they get full sun for part of the day and shade the balance of the day. Up north where the summers are cooler they like full sun for up to 6 hours each day and as you move south and the summer sun is more intense the less full direct sun is desired. In zone 8 consider 2 hours of full direct sun as ideal. Your Big Leaf Hydrangea will have pink flowers in an alkaline soil and blue flowers in acid soil.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water very slowly and very thoroughly. The water needs to reach to the bottom of the root ball and that takes time. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Prune your hydrangea right after it flowers to control its size or to tidy things up. Don't prune it hard because those stems will have flower buds for next year! Your Hydrangea is a reblooming variety and will follow its initial huge flowering period with more flowers through the rest of the summer and into early Fall.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

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