Smooth hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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Smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)
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Genus:  Hydrangea
Creamy, six-inch flower heads form flattened spheres above heart-shaped leaves from June through frost.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  The species is good for grouping a few plants in the lawn or in a mixed shrub border. It is native to the southeast U.S.
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.
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.

Overview

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
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Screening
Style
Cottage Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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