Botanical Name: Hydrangea Paniculta Grandiflora
Height: 10-15'; graceful arching branches (can get to 20' unpruned)
Spacing: 12' - 15"
Depth: Crown at soil level
Spread: 8-10' (15' if unpruned)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade, shade, full sun
Color: Ivory white, turning a dusky purple to pink and finally, in winter, a wheat color
Foliage: Simple, elliptic, sometimes in whorls. Dark green 3" to 6" long, 1 1/2" to 3" wide
Blooms: July through September; for about 6 weeks
Form: Deciduous woody shrub
Flower Form: Almost all are sterile forming large pyramidal panicles
Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moisture retentive
Growth Rate: Fast once established, which takes approximately 4-6 weeks
Pruning: Prunie to maintain tree form and keep within bounds.
Comments: Notes for its large panicles of highly decorative flowers which dry and remain on the plant all winter. These can be used to make interesting dried flower arrangements. The panicles can reach 12-18" in lenghth and 6-12" wide under favorable conditions with proper pruning. The tree form is particularly prized as it makes a perfect specimen plant with arching branches forming a cascade above the central trunk. It can be under planted and incorporated into a border where it will provide almost four seasons of interest. It needs plenty of space. Provides a large splash of color when few other shrubs are in bloom.
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