Native to China and Japan, Hydrangea paniculata (Panicle Hydrangea) is a deservedly popular deciduous shrub. Tough, cold-hardy, easy-care, long-lived, it is laden with large, conical, snowy flowers from midsummer to fall. Each lacy flower cluster is composed of small fertile flowers, and larger showy sterile blossoms that are subtended by showy petal-like sepals. As an added bonus, they change color as fall approaches, gradually turning pink, and ultimately brown. Persisting well into winter, the panicles provide additional winter interest. As the flower show fades, the oval, dark green leaves turn to lovely shades of red for a breathtaking fall display.
- Panicle Hydrangeas typically grow up to 8-20 ft. tall (240-600 cm) and 6-8 ft. wide (180-240 cm). They may be grown as single-stemmed specimens ('Grandiflora' or Pee Gee Hydrangea) or as multi-stemmed shrubs.
- Cold-hardy, Panicle Hydrangeas can endure harsh winters and severe cold. They are excellent substitutes for Mophead Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) in colder climates.
- Sun or partial sun lovers, Panicle Hydrangeas thrive in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. They require a few hours of direct sunlight to flower best. They are not fussy about the soil type as long as it is well-drained. They are more drought tolerant than their cousins, Hydrangea macrophyllas.
- Panicle Hydrangeas are reliable bloomers as they form their flowers buds in spring on the tips of the new growth. Therefore cold winters will not spoil their blossoms and frost damage is not an issue as it is with the mophead, lacecap, and oakleaf hydrangeas.
- Perfect for the shrub or mixed border, wonderful planted as a flowering hedge, excellent backdrop for your favorite perennials. Panicles may be cut for fresh arrangements or for drying. Their unique cone-shaped height makes them a great addition to any bouquet or centerpiece.
- Best if pruned back in late winter or early spring (blooms occur on current season's growth).