Erect shrub to over 1m tall. Leaves more or less ovate, the margins with irregular but sharp teeth. Hairs with 4-6 rays on lower surface. Flowers pink; late spring, early summer.
Probably a hybrid of D. purpurascens with D. crenata or D. scabra.
D. ×hybrida Lemoine is a group of cultivars raised by Lemoine and released between 1925 and 1936; it is a different plant but has similar flower colouring and distinctive wavy-edged petals. (D. longifolia Franch. × ?D. discolor Hemsl.). Hybrid selections include 'Rosea Plena' ['Pink Pompon'] which has double pink flowers, and 'Magicien' ['Magician'] which has petals with white margins. D. compacta Craib, a shrub to over 1m tall, is only known in cultivation and has lanceolate to oblanceolate leaves 5-6 cm long, with elongated tips and fine-toothed margins. The summer flowers are in broad, more or less flat-topped clusters and have distinctive round petals. Possibly synonymous with D. corymbosa R. Br. and generally grown as the cultivar 'Lavender Time' which has flowers pale purple at first.
Source: (2002). Hydrangeaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Flowers a deep carmine-pink. Raised by Slieve Donard Nsy, Newry, Co. Down, Ireland.