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Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' (Smooth hydrangea)

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' hy-DRAIN-jah ar-bor-RES-senz Common Name: Smooth hydrangea Genus: Hydrangea
Exceptional and enormous creamy flowerheads up to one foot across form billowy, flattened spheres that withstand the rain well. Leaves are large and downy.
Noteworthy characteristics: 'Annabelle' spills outward because of its heavy, rounded flowerheads. It is good for grouping a few plants in the lawn or in a mixed shrub border.
Care: Prefers shade from midday sun. It blooms on current season's wood throughout the summer, and is best pruned to 6 inches high in early spring. It is native to the southeast U.S.
Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in early summer, hardwood cuttings in winter.
Problems: Gray mold, slugs, powdery mildew, rust, ringspot virus, leaf spots.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Screening
Style Cottage Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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