Description: Hardy, deciduous flowering shrub 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.
Arrives in a 1.5 gallon pot.