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Hydrangea serrata 'Hydrantea'

Hardy Shrub

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Brew your own sweet and refreshing Amacha tea

Caffeine-free with no calories and a naturally sugary flavour

Makes an attractive ornamental plant too!

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In Japan this hardy shrub has long been used for making a refreshing herbal brew. Better known as Amacha, this sweetly flavoured tea is made from the dried leaves of Hydrangea serrata. Once harvested, the leaves are left to dry in the sun before crushing and re-drying to create flavoursome tea-leaves. With no calories and a naturally sugary flavour, it makes a delicious alternative to normal caffeinated tea.

Hydrangea serrata 'Hydrantea' is easy to grow and makes a lovely addition to ornamental borders. Its large lace-cap flowers make a showy summer display, ranging from pink to mauve-blue depending on the acidity of your soil. With a neat and compact habit, it is perfect for a lightly shaded border or patio pot. Height and spread: 100cm (39").

Height Up to 100cm (39in)
Spread Up to 100cm (39in)

Hardy Shrub

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1 x 14cm potted hydrangea plant (kc0903)
2 x 14cm potted hydrangea plants (kc0995)

Hydrangea serrata prefers a sunny or semi shaded position, with shelter from cold, drying winds. Grow hydrangea plants in any rich fertile, moist soil. Improve the soil prior to planting by adding with plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost, ensuring that it is mixed in thoroughly and deeply. Alternatively plant hydrangea serrata in patio containers in soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3.
Water regularly until plants are fully established. Leave the faded hydrangea flower heads in place until the new buds swell in spring to protect the delicate buds from frost damage. Prune after flowering, reducing the stems to restrict their growth to the available space and to improve the shape of the plant. If necessary, Hydrangea paniculata will tolerate hard pruning of the oldest stems to a few buds from ground level. This will also encourage larger flower heads to be produced. After pruning hydrangeas, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost around the base of the plant. Caution: irritant to skin and eyes, harmful if eaten.

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Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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