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Hydrangea arborescens 'Hayes Starburst', mid August. "A compact form of Hydrangea arborescens, an American native known as the smooth hydrangea, or by its common name of seven bark. This double form was discovered as a seedling by Hayes Jackson, possibly in his own seven-acre garden at Anniston in Alabama...The seedling had a lax growth habit quite unlike most forms of H. arborescens. The stems are pinkish red and the narrow serrated light green leaves have a pink midrib....with heads of tiny cream stars that fade to shades of ivory and apple green in winter." Val Bourne, Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2012.