Hydrangea macrophylla Wedding Gown
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Dancing Snow' (trade name of WEDDING GOWN) is a compact, double-flowered, lacecap cultivar that grows to 2-3’ tall and to 3-5' wide. It is part of the DOUBLE DELIGHTS SERIES from Ball Ornamentals. It is a rebloomer that blooms on both old and new growth and reportedly has better winter hardiness than many of the other H. macrophylla cultivars in commerce today. It typically blooms on old wood (flower buds are produced the previous fall and overwintered) in spring with repeat bloom from summer often into fall if spent flowers are regularly deadheaded. Showy, double, sterile florets droop from long but graceful peduncles arranged in an outer ring surrounding a large clump of much smaller double white florets in the center of the flower head (total of about 600 florets per inflorescence). Leaves (to 6" long) are glossy green. Each flower head reportedly resembles a small bridal bouquet, hence the trade name of WEDDING GOWN. U. S. Plant Patent PP 21,052 was issued on June 8, 2010.