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Hydrangea paniculata (Panicle hydrangea)

Hydrangea paniculata Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Hydrangea paniculata hy-DRAIN-jah pah-nik-yew-LAY-tah Common Name: Panicle hydrangea Genus: Hydrangea
This plant produces gracefully arching branches and pyramidal clusters of white, then pink-tinged to dusky purple blossoms.
Noteworthy characteristics: This is one of the most cold-hardy species. It may be grown as a single-stemmed specimen or as a multi-stemmed shrub. 
Care: Grow in moist, but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. H. paniculata blooms on the current season's wood; it may be cut back to a few buds to form a framework in spring to produce larger flowers, or allowed to grow with minimal pruning.
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 15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Flowers; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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