Hydrangea 'Cityline: Rio'
Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Hydrangea macrophylla 'Rio', French Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea
Group/Class: Cityline Series
Brand: Proven Winners
A tidy shrub producing long lasting ball-shaped, violet-blue blooms; ideal for the shrub border or foundation garden; perfect for patio containers; soil pH affects bloom color
Cityline® Rio Hydrangea features bold balls of violet flowers with blue overtones at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour.
Cityline® Rio Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Cityline® Rio Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Cityline® Rio Hydrangea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in partial shade, full sun may burn it while young and full shade will not produce many blooms. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
*Some photos are of mature plants that are several years old. You will be receiving a smaller, less mature plant that will need time to reach its mature size.