Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea wins Shrub Madness

Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea wins Shrub Madness

More than 89,000 votes were cast in the 2017 online tournament.

April 21, 2017
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The 2017 Shrub Madness competition has come to an end after a highly competitive month of voting with Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea being crowned the 2017 National Champion. Coming from a crowded field of 64 contenders, the competition narrowed to two superb hydrangeas after several rounds of voting on close matchups.

In the final round, Tuff Stuff hydrangea took an early lead and defeated Let’s Dance Rave reblooming hydrangea. Throughout the competition, over 89,000 votes were cast with everyone vying for their favorite shrubs. This year’s Floral Four included 2016 Shrub Madness Runner Up Let’s Dance Rave hydrangea, Invincibelle Spirit II smooth hydrangea, Tuff Stuff hydrangea, and newcomer Czechmark Trilogy weigela

Tuff Stuff hydrangea is stunning with attractive lacecap flowers that create a mass of color in early summer, and this rebloomer continues to produce new flowers right up until frost. The semi-double to double florets begin with creamy coloration in the center before maturing to an intense pink or blue.  A very hardy hydrangea, Tuff Stuff really delivers with improved bud and stem hardiness.  

Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs will continue Shrub Madness next year. Bracket predictions will open in February and voting will begin in March. 

Editor's note: learn how the Shrub Madness bracket is constructed, how Proven Winners markets the tournament champions, and more in this podcast.

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