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    10 / 30 / 2021

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Hi everybody, I’m trying to identify the type of 2 hydrangeas. They’re right next to each other. Last fall I cut them both way back to approx 2 feet. 1 of them flowered on new wood the other didn’t. There’s little buds forming already. Should I cut all the way back again?


  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Hi Karla, if these were in my garden by this time of the year I would only trimming off the spent blooms. Pruning way back now will scarify the next season flowers. I wouldn’t worry about pruning this year. Perhaps this link below can help you further. Good luck with your hydrangea Karla!

    November 2nd, 2021 at 2:52am

  • karlaschuster Green Thumb says:

    Hi Laura, thanks for your reply. If I cut it back in late summer I’ll be cutting back a lot of flowers. Is that how it’s supposed to be? Seems like a big shame to cut them 😩

    November 1st, 2021 at 9:34pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    These flowers look like those in the Bigleaf hydrangea group (Hydrangea macrophylla). I’m not certain of which cultivar these are. To my eyes, the leaves in the other two photos look similar to the same group as well. If “the other didn’t” hydrangea shrub blooms next year, please resubmit with photo of its flower so we could help you narrow down its ID group for you. It’s too late in the season to prune Bigleaf hydrangea now. According to sources, this group forms its flower buds in late summer. Pruning for the H. macrophylla group should be done before August 1st. Pruning in late summer, fall and winter will remove future flowers for next year. Check out the link below for ‘how to prune Bigleaf hydrangea. Best wishes!

    November 1st, 2021 at 2:54am

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