Smooth hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle')
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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.

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
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
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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