About McKay Nursery: “Since 1897, we have been caring stewards of our growing fields, which now number almost 1800 acres, as well as good neighbors to the many family farms that make southern Wisconsin famous for its premium dairy products.”

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Hydrangea macrophylla McKay

Common name: Cherry Explosion hydrangea

Trademark: None indicated

Introduced by: McKay Nursery

  • USDA hardiness zone: Zones 4 to 9
  • Ornamental features: Cherry red florets around tiny, starlike pink flowers; fall color burgundy when cool weather comes on slow; acid soil color lavender
  • Habit and growth rate: 3 to 4’ tall by 3 to 4’ wide
  • Culture: Morning to early afternoon sun; responds beautifully on new wood if winter dieback
  • Pest/disease problems/unique resistance: None indicated
  • Availability: 3-gallon containers