Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Ser.

Bigleaf Hydrangea

Prodr. 4: 15 (1830) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Deciduous glabrous shrub 1–3 m high. Leaves broadly ovate to obovate, 7.5–19 cm long, 4–13 cm wide, margins serrate; petioles 4 cm long. Inflorescence corymbose; calyx lobes 5, deltoid, 0.5–1 mm long (1–3 cm long in sterile flowers); petals 5, 3.5–4 mm long; stamens 10, 3.5–4.5 mm long; styles 2.5–3.5 mm long; sterile flowers white, blue, purple or pink. Capsules 6.5–8 mm long, conical at apex; seeds obovoid, c. 1 mm long. Flowers spring–autumn.

*HSF, *VVP. Naturalised in wet sclerophyll forest in the Dandenongs. Native to Japan.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-09-09
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Cornales
family Hydrangeaceae
genus Hydrangea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hydrangea macrophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hydrangea macrophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

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New South Wales
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