Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lemon Wave’

(Lemon Wave Hydrangea)

Size Price
3-GALLON $34.99

Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Lemon Wave’ is a big leaf hydrangea cultivar which is most noted for its unusual variegated foliage which features dark green leaves that are irregularly blotched with patches of white, creamy yellow and lemon yellow. It is a deciduous shrub with a rounded habit which typically grows up to 6′ tall and as wide unless damaged by harsh winters or pruned smaller. It is part of the lacecap group and features flattened flower clusters consisting primarily of small fertile florets, with scattered, showy sterile florets which often form a marginal ring. Flower color is a light blue in acidic soils, but becomes light pink in neutral to alkaline soils.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)



Best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Soil pH affects the flower color (blue in highly acidic soils and lilac to pink in slightly acidic to alkaline soils). Add aluminum sulfate to the soil to make the flowers bluer or add lime to the soil to make the flowers pinker. Begin soil treatments well in advance of flowering, as in late autumn or early spring. Plants generally need little pruning. If needed, prune immediately after flowering by cutting back flowering stems to a pair of healthy buds. Prune out weak or winter-damaged stems in late winter/early spring. Best to mulch plants year-round with 3″ of shredded bark, peat or compost. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 6.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Lemon Wave Hydrangea

Botanical Name

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lemon Wave'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun





Soil Condition


Water Needs

Average, Consistent moisture

Blooming Period


Flower Color

Blue to Pink



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant



3 gallon

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