Hydrangea 'Shooting Star' Vs. 'Sumida No Hanabi'

jazzmom516(Zone 7 LI, NY)May 14, 2014

A few months ago, my local supermarket had 'Shooting Star' for sale around St. Patrick's day. I bought it because the flowers were unusual. Further research showed that I probably purchased 'Sumida No Hanabi' commonly called 'Shooting Star' in the florist industry. The flowers were completely white.

Now for the question: A relative received 'Shooting Star' as a gift to the home and the white flowers have a pale blue center and the lace cap portion of the plant also is pale blue.
Do we have 2 different plants?

I planted mine outdoors in late April and it is developing its roots now with some green at the bottom of the plant (for now). The relative is planning to plant her plant outdoors as well.

Anyone have either of these plants? Does 'Shooting Star' have pale blue centers and lacecaps on it? Does 'Sumida No Hanabi' have pure white flowers everywhere?

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Yes, it is the same lacecap. The industry has made a total mess of this hydrangea's name. Shooting Star and Hanabi are the same thing. It has other names as well. Fuji Waterfall, Sumida-no-hanabi and Fireworks.

Although the majority of the pics that I have seen show a white center, I have seen some where the center is green or pale blue.

In this picture, the center is blueish:

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 9:07PM
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jazzmom516(Zone 7 LI, NY)

I read on Hydrangeas.com (Willkerson Mills website) that Fuji Waterfall is not the same as Shooting Star. Right now my plant is in the ground developing roots and I doubt it will flower again this year (I believe it was forced). So next year is when I will have a better idea of the color of the flowers. I seem to remember no blue in the center of that double flower or on the lacecap when it was in bloom on my dining room table.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 9:51PM
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springwood_gardens(6B Pittsburgh)

pH affects this plant. The centers would be pink or blue, depending on soil acidity.

Google Image Search the plant.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 1:31PM
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All exactly the same plant, although as Luis mentions, the name has been garbled beyond belief. The correct name is 'Sumida No Hanabi', which means 'fireworks over the Sumida river". Most of the other names are trademark names which circumvent proper cultivar names and Anglicize the Japanese.

Like another white flowered mac I can think of - 'Mme. Emile Mouillere' - the flowers do have a hint of color to them. Blue in acidic soil, pink in more alkaline. It's also ben my experience that the more shade this hydrangea is in, the less likely it is to show any color but white.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 5:41PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

I bought what I thought was a 'Hanabi' at Rarefind but the flowers are pretty unambiguously blue. Not a light blue either. I can post a picture later. Any idea what this could be? The flowers look like those of 'Hanabi', they have the shooting star look, not a typical mophead. I suppose something in my soil make them turn blue but I'm not sure why other people wouldn't have the problem...I did amend it years ago with a bit of peat moss.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:13AM
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jazzmom516(Zone 7 LI, NY)

Could it be 'Purple Tiers'? which is a lacecap. Here is a picture of mine from my backyard-- taken a few years ago. It's on my dining room table but the flower is typical for this plant in terms of color and shape (lacecap)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:04PM
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jazzmom516(Zone 7 LI, NY)

Update on my supermarket 'Shooting Star'. It is thriving in the area of the garden I have it in. The plant is putting out new growth now and it only had one stem for the longest time but now it has a few multiple stems emerging from the root zone. I won't see it in bloom until next year-- fingers crossed we don't have the winter from Greenland again!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:06PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

Here it is. Now I am driving myself crazy thinking this was actually white the first year. But I can't remember for certain. All flowers are blue this year! They do have whitish highlights, but I can't find any 'Hanabi' 'Shooting Stars' pictures online that look like this. Maybe I'll review old Rarefind catalogs (bought spring 2012 IIRC) to see if there's anything else I could have received.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 5:13PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

Do hydrangea sometimes develop branch sports? Maybe this is a mutation. The plant has somewhat struggled. I know it bloomed the first year, then the deer ate it down and I don't think it bloomed much 2013. Then the winter killed the top. I'm almost certain it is now blooming on new shoots, in the manner of 'Dooley', which also was killed to the ground this winter. (never has happened before, Ive had that one since 2007)
I need to go look through my digicam image archive to see if I can find an old picture of it. I knew it was supposed to white, so if it had been blue in 2012 that would have been memorable. I just remember it blooming.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 5:20PM
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