Cityline® Berlin Bigleaf Hydrangea

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Your Berlin Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla CITYLINE 'Berlin Rabe') was bred specifically for stronger stems...and it needs it. The flower heads are large and heavy, with a rich, pink hue that's amazing to behold. Berlin Hydrangea is a Bigleaf Hydrangea variety and it's the largest and fastest-growing plant in the Cityline series!

The round, snowball-like balls of blossoms appear July through August, perfectly accented by the glossy, dark-green foliage. As the hot-pink blossoms age, the color transitions to a lovely it's like getting two flower colors on one plant! These beautiful blooms are great for dried or cut flowers and stand up in the vase as well as standing up to storms and rain.

It has a compact habit, so along with the strong stems, never needs pruning! Hardy to USDA growing zones 5 through 9, these rarely grow over 2-3 feet tall and spread to a tidy 2-3 feet in mature width. Berlin has also been bred to be mildew and disease-resistant. As with other Bigleaf Hydrangeas, you will see some color variations depending on your soil's pH. Acid soil will produce blue flowers, with alkaline allowing pink tones to develop.

Planting and Application:

One would be right at home front-and-center of your patio garden, shrub border or even growing in your best container. In larger landscapes, plant rows of these low-growing shrubs as a groundcover, and as a facer shrub to hide the leggy bare stems of larger shrubs and trees, or along the front of your home's foundation plantings. Create edging along paths or your driveway that shines with vivid color all growing season!

Completely at home front and center in the shrub border, patio garden, or your best container. It is small enough for mixed planters or for container gardens! Any tight spot, any smaller urban lot or modern courtyard can enjoy these brilliant blooms without sacrificing space! Even balcony gardens and rooftops in the city can find room for a few of these compact plants!

  • Large Green & Pink (or Blue) Flower Heads
  • Strong Stems Support Flowers
  • Toothy Green Foliage
  • Naturally Dwarf & Compact Size
  • Small-Space Gardening, Containers & Planters, & Low Hedges

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Bigleaf Hydrangea are easy to care for, requiring full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil, favoring morning sun and afternoon shade in the hottest of its favored growing zones. Moisture is a necessity for this plant, so do not let them dry out during the summer's heat. Keep regularly watered and apply a thick layer of mulch over the roots to keep them cool and moist. Plant in about any well-drained soil that's organically enriched. Only prune Bigleaf Hydrangea after they've flowered or else you may risk removing next year's blooms.

  • Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Moist Enriched Environment
  • Well-Drained Soil & Prefers Mulched Beds
  • Disease & Powdery Mildew Resistant
  • Prune After Flowering

Hydrangeas are always spectacular additions to any landscape! And the Cityline® Berlin Bigleaf Hydrangea delivers the usual dramatic beauty of huge flowers, while also providing the stems to properly display them. You won't be sorry you planted this sensational, hardy variety! Order yours today at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Cityline® Berlin Bigleaf Hydrangea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Hydrangea macrophylla CITYLINE 'Berlin Rabe'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Average
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering