Hydrangea serrata 'O Amacha Nishiki' (Variegated Mountain Hydrangea)
Zone: 6 - 9
Natural Range: Japan
Soil: Average to moist, humus rich
Light: Part sun
Bloom Time: June to August
Attributes: Deciduous. Woody-stemmed. Unusually variegated gold and green foliage. White, blushed pink lacecap flowers.
Notes: Selected by JC Raulston at NC State University Arboretum. Native to moist woodlands of Japan. Hydrangea serrata "Amacha varieties" can be used to make a sweet tea. Amacha translates to "Sweet Tea". Amacha is 200 times sweeter than table sugar with almost zero calories and no caffeine.