Species & Cultivars

Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’
Synonyms: Runaway Bride Snow White; USHYDO405; the Garland Hydrangea
Origins: Developed in Japan by Ushio Sakazaki from 'an Asian species' and a macrophylla.
Awards: RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2018
Height & Width: 1.5m x 1.5m

Runaway Bride is one of the few hybrid hydrangeas on the market. It is a cross between an Asian species and a macrophylla. It’s unusual because it flowers along the stems, not just at the tip. It produces lacecap white flowers which take on a pink tinge as it ages. The leaves will turn an orange red towards Autumn. Although a hybrid it requires pruning as a macrophylla because it flowers on last year’s growth. Ours, bought in 2018, has struggled to live up to its marketing but we have hopes it will do better this year, 2021. We’ve been told it is suitable for outdoor pots and containers.


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