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Genus: Hydrangea

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Order: Cornales > Family: Hydrangeaceae

About 70-75 species, native to China, Korea, Japan, the Himalayas, Indonesia, North and South America. Seven species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Hydrangea anomala

Native from Sakhalin (island north of Japan) to Taiwan.


Hydrangea arborescens

Native to eastern USA.


Hydrangea macrophylla (Hortensia, Lacecap)

Native to Japan.

Hydrangea paniculata

Native to China and Japan.


Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak-leaved hydrangea)

Native to southeastern USA.


Hydrangea sargentiana

Native to China.


Hydrangea serrata

Native to Japan and Korea.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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