Hardy, deciduous flowering shrub
Description: Flowers borne in large panicles on new growth, opening white in midsummer, aging to blushed purplish pink
Habit: Grows 10' to 25' feet high, 8' to 16' feet wide; vigorous; spreading
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade; tolerates most soils but requires good drainage
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 8
Origin: Garden origin
Attributes: Cut Flower
This showy hybrid was introduced in 1862 and first cultivated in America in 1870. It was described by nurseryman Ellwanger in 1889 as "A splendid late-flowering shrub, with its immense panicles and changeable shades, and it should enliven every garden in September." Its popularity continued well into the early twentieth century and is still considered one of the best ornamental shrubs grown. The common name Pee Gee, or Peegee, comes from the initials of the species (paniculata) and cultivar (Grandiflora). It was initially called Japanese or Double Hydrangea.
This plant will ship bare root. zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.