Hydrangea paniculata Fire Light
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Hydrangea paniculata Fire Light

Hydrangea Fire Light, Panicle Hydrangea Fire Light, Paniculate Hydrangea Fire Light, Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPFL’


Exceptionally hardy and reliable, Hydrangea paniculata Fire Light is a striking deciduous shrub boasting huge flower heads from midsummer to fall. Held on sturdy, strong stems, the blossoms emerge creamy-white and age to a vivid raspberry-pink as the season progresses. Low maintenance and easy to grow, this hardy hydrangea can be used as a hedge, specimen, or incorporated into flower gardens and foundation plantings. The flowers make great cut flowers, fresh or dried, or may be left on the plant where they will persist well into winter.

  • Grows with an upright rounded habit to 6-8 ft. tall and wide (180-240 cm).
  • Performs best in sun to partial shade in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Afternoon shade in hot summer climates is recommended.
  • Easy-to-grow plant with reliable flowering and flower color regardless of soil PH.
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders for dramatic summer blooms, in front of walls, fences, taller shrubs and trees. Great for city gardens, cottage gardens or as a flowering hedge. Panicles may be cut for fresh arrangements or for drying.
  • Best if pruned back in late winter or early spring. Blooms occur on current season's growth, ensuring reliable flowering.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings.
  • Hydrangea paniculata species is native to southern and eastern China, Korea, Japan and Russia.
  • Foliage can aggravate skin allergies. Mild stomach upset possible if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hydrangeas
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hydrangeas
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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