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Hydrangea arborescens 'Riven Lace'

Smooth Hydrangea

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Hydrangea arborescens ‘Riven Lace’ (ex: Jonathan Lehrer) –  'Riven Lace' is an unusual form sporting 4” to 5” white lace caps from light green buds in summer. This may be the same cultivar as 'Emerald Lace' which was formerly 'Green Dragon'; if not, it is very similar. The dark green foliage is a real departure from other forms of Smooth Hydrangea as it is cut, virtually lobed and almost claw-like. All in all, ‘Riven Lace’ is a shrub providing a softer effect in the garden with a neat, clean appearance. Site ‘Riven Lace’ in half to full sun planted in fertile soil.


4-5 ft


4-5 ft




(3)4 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Hydrangea arborescens 'Riven Lace'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Hedge
  • Border
  • Specimen
  • Foundation
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Hydrangea arborescens

Common Name: Smooth Hydrangea

This is the Smooth Hydrangea which is native to the southeastern U. S. They come in lace cap and mop head forms, one even flowering pink, this from Don Jacobs of Eco Gardens in Decatur, Georgia. Some cultivars and selections have more interesting foliage than others. These attributes will be described in detail. They are of very easy disposition with long bloom. They flower on new wood and can be pruned back annually. Site all Hydrangea arborescens in full to mostly sunny exposures in any good garden soil.  All of the following are cutting grown.