Growing Hydrangea paniculata or PeeGee Hydrangea
paniculata is one of the most popular garden shrubs, growing in gardens
to write North America from USDA zones 3 through 8
What it looks like
This shrub is tight low branched tree or large
When in flower, large flowers will hold down the branches
semi-arched look to the shrub. Unless maintained and pruned
regularly, this plant can become straggly and ugly in old age.
Flowers are all white on this plant when they emerge. They do
turn a purplish pink as they mature. The flowers themselves
are approximately 6 to 8 inches long and 6 inches wide
This plant produces two kinds of flowers, a fertile, yellow-white and
slightly smaller flower as well as a larger sterile, pure-white and
very showy flower.
How to grow Hydrangea paniculata
This is a very fast growing shrub or tree. It does require a
single fall or early spring application of a shovel or three of compost
around the drip line of the plant.
It prefers a good soil rich in organic matter what adequate
water. While it likes water, it does not grow well in
standing water or damp gardens.
This plant flowers in early summer on new growth so that it can be
pruned and shaped either in the fall or very early spring.
This is a big, fast-growing shrub. While it is fast-growing,
it does become rather unkempt in the fall with spent flowers turning an
ugly shade of brown.
Use it in one of two ways, either as a specimen all by itself and
pruned into a tree form or as a single large plant on the outside edge
of a large property. This is not a plant for the small garden.
The varieties you will see
'Floribunda" -- this variety has more sterile and thus showy flowers
the species, unfortunately it does not have enough to hide the fertile
and less-showy flowers. It does flower in August into
'Grandiflora' -- (often sold as PeeGee Hydrangea)
almost all the flowers on this planet
are sterile and very large reaching 12 to 18 inches long when in full
bloom. This is the most popular and readily available variety
in garden centers today. A gardening tip: prune this plant to
five primary branches in order to achieve massive blooms
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Newer Varieties Include:
'Burgundy Lace' pink-flowering, the color gets better as the
blooms age although full hot sun in the South might make them fade
more. 8-10 flowers and sterile (showy) flowers.
'Pink Diamond' - Another bright pink, with 8"-10" long flower
''Kyushu' - Vigorous grower - more upright than species and
good show of white flowers very early in summer.
'Limelight' - unique bright lime-green flowers in a more rounded form
than others. Grows to 8' tall and flowers very
'Tardiva' - very large flowers but much later than others (August).
Growing 8' tall and more of a shrub than a tree form.
'Unique' - is about 10 feet tall, shrub growing habit rather than tree
form and has rounded white, showy flowers (sterile) that age to a good
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