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Mme Emile Mouillere

Posted by macgyver2009 z5b PA (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 14, 09 at 17:58

Is it possible to grow this plant and get flowering in zone 5/6 without extensive winter protection. I see some sites list it as zone 5. I searched through old posts, but did not see any discussion about her hardiness. It is such a beautiful hydrangea. I would love to put one in next spring. If not, is Blushing Bride a good alternative in this zone?


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RE: Mme Emile Mouillere

  • Posted by ditas z4b-5 Iowa (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 14, 09 at 20:33

Hi macgyver - BB is my favorite of the 3 ES siblings I have ... a reliable bloomer, as upright as Forever & Ever due to thicker canes & the gradual color changes from mid-Aug into Fall is absolutely awesome ... final stage is deep burgundy!!!

I don't own MEM to judge & compare.


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RE: Mme Emile Mouillere

'Mme. Emile Mouillere' may very well be root hardy to zone 5 but is highly unlikely to be bud hardy in that zone without winter protection. It is one of my favorite selections and a very heavily blooming white mop that developes a rather distinctive bright blue eye. It may be worth going through the effort :-)


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RE: Mme Emile Mouillere

Identical by hardiness to MEM, Sister Teresa is NOT a reliable bloomer in 6b. I highly doubt that MEM will be blooming in z5 without serious protection.
I guess that would leave Blushing Bride as the only choice for white mac for z5.


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RE: Mme Emile Mouillere

Thanks for the info. I guess I'll go with BB to stay on the safe side. I am also trying a couple of serratas recommended here for better hardiness. We'll see next spring! I moved from 6b last summer and still can't accept that 60 miles difference significantly limits my hydrangea selection. Thank goodness for the rebloomers and the paniculatas.


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