Abracadabra® Star Hydrangea

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Everyone needs a touch of magic in their summer garden. Abracadabra® Star Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ABRACADABRA 'Horabstra') provides this in spades for your garden. Soft, pink, and white, bi-color flowers pop out of black wand-shaped stems, just like a magician's trick. As the flowers age, they turn a deep hot pink (or a bit more lavender to blue depending on your soil's pH!). These blooms look incredible against the dark green foliage and are highlighted on strong black stems.

Abracadabra® Star's black and pink combo puts on quite a show in your mixed border. It also shines as a standout specimen plant, whether in a container on your patio or in your garden with other shade lovers around its feet. Appearing as flat clusters of tiny pink and white pearls that magically erupt into huge petals that overlap, forming from the outside in! It's incredible how these tiny buds have all those petals hiding in them. You could say that it's almost - magic!

Hydrangeas are one of a select few landscape shrubs that also provide you with a bounty of cut flowers all summer long in the shade! Collect an armful of lovely bouquets of fresh or dried floral arrangements. One of the best things about these Bigleaf Hydrangeas is that they bloom on both old and new wood! Soil pH affects the flower color, for blue flowers, the soil must be more acidic, and for pink flowers, your soil must lean toward alkaline. Changing the color can take a few years but it is possible.

Planting and Application:

Even without flowers, the unique black stems give this shrub a 'wow' factor in your garden! Growing into a round 3-4 foot mound of dense green toothy foliage that makes a great hedge or privacy screen that also pops with brightly colored lacecap flowers with big fluffy petals! Use as backdrops to any flower or cottage garden, or among other flowering shrubs to brighten mixed-shrub borders!

These smaller shrubs do something other Hydrangea usually cannot - they hold up to some shade better than their cousins! Most Hydrangeas need full sun to grow strong stems, so growing them in part shade sometimes means weaker stems and smaller blooms, but Abracadabra® Star works its magic in the shade garden, in the dappled shade beneath larger trees or shrubs, or along that shaded side of your home's foundation.

  • Gorgeous Reblooming Lacecap Flowers
  • Pink or Blue Depending on Soil pH
  • Great For Cutting Or Drying
  • Truly Unique Black Stems
  • Standout Shape & Color In Shade!
  • Hedges, Screening, Specimen & Backdrop

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant Bigleaf Hydrangeas in full sun to partial shade, especially appreciating shade in the hottest of the USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. It is best to plant Abracadabra® Star in well-drained but moist soil, providing supplemental moisture during extreme heat and during drought, top-dressing the area with 3-4 inches of arborist mulch. Most Bigleaf Hydrangea will bloom earlier on last year's wood so don't cut them back in fall or spring - but wait to see if any pruning needs to be done to remove any dead branch tips as they begin to grow in spring. As the plants age, it is best to remove a few of the oldest fattest canes out to the ground leaving in some younger stems for best bloom. Old blooms can be removed in fall or spring.

Featuring fine texture and space-saving size, the Abracadabra® Star Hydrangea will add the magic touch to your garden! Trust us - your neighbors will want to know what this plant is and where you got it! Don't let them beat you to it! Order yours now at NatureHills.com!

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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.
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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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Abracadabra® Star Hydrangea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Hydrangea macrophylla ABRACADABRA 'Horabstra'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink or Blue Based On pH
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring