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Larger flower panicles can be obtained by thinning the plants to 5-10 primary shoots. In full bloom, the weight of the flower panicles will typically cause the branches to arch downward.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Hydrangea paniculata , commonly called panicle hydrangea, is a vigorous, upright, rapid-growing, somewhat coarsely textured, deciduous shrub that is native to China and Japan. It typically grows to 8-15’ (less frequently to 25’) tall, and features oval to ovate dark green leaves and upright, sharply-pointed, conical, terminal flower panicles (to 6-8” long) containing both fertile and sterile flowers (mostly non-showy fertile flowers) that bloom from mid-summer into fall. The genus name Hydrangea comes from hydor meaning "water" and aggeion meaning "vessel", in reference to the cup-like capsular fruit. The specific epithet paniculata refers to the arrangement of the flowers in panicles. 'Phantom' features very large flower heads held on sturdy, straight stems that are not prone to flopping. The terminal, cone-shape, panicle inflorescences can reach up to 15" long and are excellent for fresh cut or dried arrangements. The sterile florets emerge pale green and mature from bright white to pale pink by early fall. Mature specimens can reach up to 10' tall with an equal spread.

Some susceptibility to bud blight, bacterial wilt, leaf spot, rust and mildew. Aphids and mites are occasional visitors.

Mass or group in a mixed shrub border or open woodland garden. Also effective as a lawn specimen, accent or hedge. Provides late summer bloom when few other shrubs are in flower.

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Phantom Hydrangea Care:  Everything You Need to Know

Hydrangeas are gorgeous ornamental plants that can add an elegant touch to any landscape. Despite their delicate looks, they are versatile and hardy. Among the various hydrangeas varieties, one of the most eye-catching is, without a doubt, the Phantom Hydrangea.

This plant produces stunning masses of conical-shaped blooms that attract plenty of beneficial insects to your garden. But don’t be fooled by its sophisticated looks: if you know what to give it, this plant will not cause any issues.

But if you want to learn more about growing Phantom Hydrangea in your garden, keep reading. We collected all the information you must know in this essential guide.

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What you Need to Know About Phantom Hydrangea

Phantom Hydrangea is a lovely plant. Its most attractive feature is its thick and conical blooms that can grow up to fifteen inches long. However, the plant’s foliage is unique too and can add texture and volume to your garden. 

Under the ideal growing conditions, this hydrangea variety will spread fast. For this reason, many gardeners decide to make it the focal point of their gardens. Alternatively, you can use it as a border or hedge. Phantom Hydrangea will perform well in mass planting: you can deadhead the flowers and use them in dry arrangements.  

However, if you have kids or pets running around your garden, you should be careful with hydrangeas. Indeed, these plants are notoriously toxic to cats, dogs, and even horses. All parts of hydrangeas (including the roots and stems) will be poisonous to your animals. So, keep an eye on your hairy friends or consider planting other species if you are too worried they will inevitably munch on your plant’s leaves. Also, its foliage can aggravate skin allergies.

How to Care for Phantom Hydrangea

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While caring for a thriving Phantom Hydrangea isn’t anything out of this world, you should learn about the plant’s needs and requirements. Luckily, this plant isn’t too fussy, making it suitable even for beginner gardeners.

Here, we collected all the information you must have on hand when adding Phantom Hydrangea to your garden. Follow our tips, and you’ll be able to enjoy this stunning plant for years! 

Place your Phantom Hydrangea in a sunny location. Sunlight will ensure vivid blooms and enhance production. However, if you live in a hot region, you might have to provide your plant with some protection from the afternoon sun rays that might scorch its leaves.

While the plant has no issues tolerating the heat, it requires constant moisture to stay healthy (as you’ll learn in the following section). And exposure to sunlight will bring the best colors. 

Water and Soil Needs

One of the best things about Phantom Hydrangea is its versatility. This plant adapts to various soil conditions and doesn’t require a particular pH to produce blooms. However, a well-draining and rich substrate will allow your plant to grow better.

If you live in a warm region, you might have to increase the watering frequency during the hottest summer days. Indeed, your hydrangea requires constant moisture to stay healthy.

Of course, that doesn’t mean overwatering your plant: learn about its needs (by feeling the soil with your fingers) and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Usually, your plant will need moisture at least once per week. 

While the plant might survive short periods of drought, regular watering is essential to its health. To prevent issues, consider adding a thick layer of organic mulch around your plant. It will increase drainage and improve water retention. Additionally, it can make nutrients better available to your hydrangea, which will make it less susceptible to diseases and infections. 

Temperature Requirements

Phantom Hydrangea

You can plant phantom hydrangeas in most US regions. This species is cold-hardy to zone 3 and tolerates the heat. However, it might not be the best plant for areas where summers are hot and dry. So, keep that in mind before adding this plant to your garden. 

Adding extra nutrients to your plant will boost its growth. But don’t overdo it: too much of a good thing can cause issues. Instead, choose a slow-release balanced fertilizer and follow the instructions you find on the label.

Apply the treatment during the growing phase (in the spring) to give your plant an early-season boost. You can also fertilize them a second time in July to enjoy their blooms for longer. 

Common Diseases 

Most hydrangeas are susceptible to some fungal and viral diseases. However, taking preventive measures (and care of your plant), you shouldn’t worry too much about them. Fungal infections will commonly appear if you overwater your plant.

So, besides placing your plant in an adequate substrate, you must also regulate your watering schedule. And if you notice drooping, yellowing, or reddish lesions on your plant’s leaves, consider reducing the watering frequency.

Also, space your plants adequately to ensure proper airflow. If necessary, prune their branches (use sterile shears to prevent any issues) and remove damaged or dead flowers to prevent the appearance of fungi. 

When watering your hydrangeas, do so without wetting the leaves: it will help you prevent the spread of most infections. Keeping your plant healthy will make it less susceptible to attacks from pests. Still, aphids and mites might visit your phantom hydrangea. Taking prompt action will save you plenty of headaches and contain any possible infestation.

Phantom Hydrangea Propagation

The best way to propagate your phantom hydrangea is to take stem cuttings. For best results, start the process in April and May. Pick healthy stems with at least three leaves and place them in a vase of water. The cuttings will root in a couple of weeks. After that, move them into a container with the right potting mix and wait for them to grow! 

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Phantom Hydrangea is in the panicle family of hydrangeas. That means that it is super hardy and a very predictable bloomer. It blooms on current years growth. That means that the plant starts growing like crazy in the spring, then come mid summer it stops growing and makes a flower bud on the end of each new branch. That’s why they almost never fail to bloom.

Phantom Hydrange is hardy in zones 3 to 8.

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When I planted these five plants in the spring of 2020 they were very small plants, just a tad bigger than rooted cuttings. They took off growing like crazy and made a ton of flowers in their first year.

Phantom can grow to a height of 48″ to 60″ but you can prune them all you want and they will still bloom. I cut mine back really hard in the fall, that way when they take off growing the following spring they stay nice and tight and compact.

The ideal time to prune them is anytime after they finish blooming until early spring.

As the blooms mature they turn a beautiful pink color. Bloom time is July through September.

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Phantom loves full sun and will tolerate partial shade.

I actually cut mine back in very early spring because I collect the branches that I remove and use them to make hardwood cuttings. I now do all of my hardwood cuttings in the late winter, early spring because it just works so much better for me. I used to do Hardwood Cuttings in November/December. See these two links;

Easy Winter Time Plant Propagation that You Can Do at Home.

and this; https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2016/09/hardwood-cuttings-winter-of-20152016/

In this post you can see Pam and I making hydrangea cuttings with our two youngest grandkids. https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2019/03/a-really-easy-way-to-make-lots-and-lots-of-new-plants/

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August 9, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Mike – thanks for this info. My new Phantom flowers look just as your pictures do with some pink splotches and some browning. Is the browning normal and to be expected?

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August 10, 2021 at 7:58 am

Yes, the browning is the fading of the flowers, the heat moves them along quicker.

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September 12, 2020 at 10:29 pm

Glad to come upon this article Mike! I planted 2 Phantom Hydrangeas in April 2020 and I am in Zone 7. They were about 2 feet tall and full of leaves when I purchased them. I planted them in a raised soil bed. They seemed to be doing great for a couple of months and then the leaves on both started turning brown and dying off. At first I thought that they were getting too much sun even though there is a large tree that partially shades them. I researched and read that they do well in sun. Finally, I figured that they had a fungus and got some fungal spray. I started a weekly regimen of fungal spray and cut off all the brown, dying leaves. They have grown new leaves very quickly and I had several flowers on one of them but the other has yet to flower. I’m hoping they will do better next year. At any rate, thanks for all of the information you provide! You are very helpful to us less experienced gardeners!

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Phantom Panicle Hydrangea

‘Phantom’ is a medium sized shrub 6 ft. high and 6 ft. wide with a branching habit. The flowerheads are huge, measuring up to 15 inches with a mixture of showy but sterile flowers and smaller, fertile ones. Strong stems hold the flower clusters upright and prevent drooping. The flowers emerge white with a green tint in July, turn pink as they mature, and continue to bloom until fall. The color of the flowers is not affected by the pH of the soil. Phantom blooms on the current season’s wood so it is not susceptible to late spring frosts. It does well in full sun to light shade and is moderately drought - tolerant. This is a hybrid of Hydrangea paniculata which is native to Japan, China and Korea where it grows at altitudes up to 4,000 ft. In 2008 Phantom received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

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An upright to spreading plant, 145 x 195cm, with strong, stiff stems supporting large, very dense panicles, tapering above, rounded below. Leaves are yellow-green, stems green, maturing to mid-brown. Fertile florets are pale pink and white. Sterile florets white with some lime green flushing, deep pink at maturity

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Hydrangea can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, or self-clinging climbers, with flowers in clusters usually comprising both small fertile and more showy sterile flowers; often good autumn colour

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Cultivation.

Grow in any moist but well-drained soil in partial shade or grow in sun if soil remains reliably moist. Improve chalky soils with organic matter to support good growth. See shrubby hydrangea cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter

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May be susceptible to aphids , capsid bug , hydrangea scale and vine weevil

May be susceptible to a leaf spot, powdery mildews , grey moulds (Botrytis) and honey fungus (rarely)

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If you're looking for all the lovability of a hydrangea but with a twist of uniqueness? The Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom’ is the top pick! It has thick, conical blooms that reach up to fifteen inches. The colors provide creamy white blooms in the summer and as fall nears, they turn a pale and dark pink. This is a sturdy and easy to care for hydrangea.

As unique as its blooms the foliage is a green-yellow and oval in shape. The creamy white blooms begin to make their appearance in summer and have a hint of lime green. Throughout the season and in to fall they change over to a pale and deep pink. This hydrangea has a spreading habit and grows to be between six to ten feet tall and wide. It is a great accent or focal point. Use this hydrangea as a border plant or as a hedge. It will do exceedingly well in mass planting and its blooms are perfect for your next arrangement.

Phantom Hydrangea Care

Caring for your Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom’ is simple. This one loves sun or partial sun. It can tolerate heat. Plant in a rich soil that is well drained and stays moist. In warmer climates afternoon shade is recommended. It will thrive in all soils with varying Ph. If pruning is desired, prune in late winter or early spring. The water needs of the Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom’ are average but will require more water in times of drought. Apply a fertilizer specifically for shrubs in the spring. Be sure to mulch the base in cooler climates and remove all dead foliage after the flowering season has ended.

Phantom Hydrangea Spacing

The Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom’ grows to a height of six to ten feet with a spread of also six to ten feet. Spacing for this hydrangea should be eight to twelve feet center on center. Spacing correctly ensures the health and longevity of your plant.

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4.5" Pot  Also Know As:    4.5" Container  Plant Age:    ~ 6 months  Plant Size:    ~ 3"-6"  Pot Size:    ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W  Volume:    1.42 quarts

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Quart Pot  Also Know As:    Quart  Plant Age:    ~ 6 months - 1 year  Plant Size:    ~ 4"-8"  Pot Size:    ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W  Volume:    1.50 quarts

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2.5 Quart  Also Know As:    2.5 Quart Pot  Plant Age:    ~ 1.5 - 2 years old  Plant Size:    ~ 8"-12"  Pot Size:    ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W  Volume:    2.20-2.30 quarts

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#1 Pot  Also Know As:    #1 Container     1 Gallon  Plant Age:    ~ 1.5 - 2 years old  Plant Size:    ~ 10"-14"  Pot Size:    ~ 7"H x 7.75"W  Volume:    2.26-3.73 quarts

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#2 Pot  Also Know As:    #2 Container     2 Gallon  Plant Age:    ~ 1.5 - 3 years old  Plant Size:    ~ 12"-18"  Pot Size:    ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W  Volume:    1.19-1.76 gallons

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#3 Pot  Also Know As:    #3 Container     3 Gallon  Plant Age:    ~ 2 - 4 years old  Plant Size:    ~ 12"-30"  Pot Size:    ~9.5"H x 11"W  Volume:    2.32-2.76 gallons

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Hydrangea paniculata

Common name(s):.

  • Panicle Hydrangea
  • Peegee Hydrangea

Previously known as:

  • Heteromalla paniculata

Panicle hydrangea is a large, multi-stemmed, woody, deciduous shrub or small tree that is rapid-growing and coarsely textured. It typically reaches a height of 8 to 15 feet tall and can grow up to 25 feet tall. This is a sun-loving hydrangea and is one of the few hydrangeas that flower on the current season's growth. The leaves are ovate dark green above and light green beneath with serrate margins. Showy terminal, conical to pyramidal large panicles of creamy white flowers bloom during the summer and into fall and measure 6 to 8 inches long. The bloom changes color as autumn nears from pink to brown. The flower has both fertile and sterile flowers. The most popular cultivar of this species is 'Limelight.'

This plant is a member of the  Hydrangeaceae or hydrangea family and is native to eastern and southern China, Japan, Sakhalin, Taiwan, and Kuril Island.

The name hydrangea is derived from two words, hydro meaning "water" and aggeion which means "vessel." This refers to the cup-like capsular fruit. The specific epithet, paniculata , references the panicle-like arrangement of the flowers.

The Panicle Hydrangea is more tolerant of full sun than other hydrangea species. It prefers morning sun and afternoon shade, neutral to acidic soil with good drainage, and is air pollution tolerant and cold hardy. It can tolerate harsh winters and is a good substitute for Mophead Hydrangeas or Hydrangea macrophylla . It can be severely pruned in late winter or spring since it blooms on the current season's new growth and not on the woody stems formed during the previous year. The plant is shallow-rooted and will benefit from a layer of mulch. Propagate by seed or stem cutting. 

Many cultivars and varieties offer different growing habits for this rapidly growing hydrangea, from erect to arching and cascading. It is most commonly a multi-stemmed shrub but can be trained to grow as a  single-trunk tree. 

It is one of winter's hardiest hydrangeas that thrives in urban conditions. Consider the Panicle Hydrangea for Asian Gardens, Children’s Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Cutting Gardens, and Pollinator Gardens. It will also do well in woodlands, naturalized areas, or play areas. Planted in groups it works well as a border or hedge but is also delightful as a single specimen. 

Seasons of Interest:

Bloom:  Summer and Fall       Foliage:   Spring, Summer, and Fall     

Quick ID Hints :

  • opposite serrate leaves, whorled at branch tips
  • large, cone-shaped inflorescence
  • stout stem, reddish-brown streaked with gray

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Aphids, scales, nematodes, and mites may be seen but are rarely a problem. This plant may be susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spot, rust, mildew, bud blight, and bacterial wilt. It may be damaged by deer, and it has brittle stems that are easily damaged by wind.

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Flower Form

  • Attributes: Genus: Hydrangea Species: paniculata Family: Hydrangeaceae Life Cycle: Woody Recommended Propagation Strategy: Seed Stem Cutting Country Or Region Of Origin: Eastern and southern China, Japan, Sakhalin, Kuril Island Distribution: Native: China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Japan, Kuril Island, Sakhalin, and Taiwan. Introduced: Canada--Ontario, Korea, and the United States--CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RA, VA, and WV. Wildlife Value: Attracts Pollinators and small mammals use this plant for cover. Play Value: Attractive Flowers Attracts Pollinators Wildlife Cover/Habitat Wildlife Food Source Dimensions: Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in. Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits: Plant Type: Poisonous Shrub Tree Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Habit/Form: Arching Cascading Erect Horizontal Irregular Multi-stemmed Vase Growth Rate: Rapid Maintenance: Medium Texture: Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions: Light: Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day) Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours) Soil Texture: Clay High Organic Matter Loam (Silt) Sand Soil pH: Acid (<6.0) Neutral (6.0-8.0) Soil Drainage: Good Drainage Moist Occasionally Wet Available Space To Plant: 6-feet-12 feet NC Region: Coastal Mountains Piedmont USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit: Fruit Color: Brown/Copper Pink Display/Harvest Time: Fall Summer Fruit Type: Capsule Fruit Length: < 1 inch Fruit Width: < 1 inch Fruit Description: The fruit is a brownish-pink dehiscent oval capsule that does not attract wildlife. It appears during the summer and fall.
  • Flowers: Flower Color: Brown/Copper Cream/Tan Pink White Flower Inflorescence: Panicle Flower Value To Gardener: Good Cut Good Dried Long Bloom Season Long-lasting Showy Flower Bloom Time: Fall Summer Flower Shape: Star Flower Petals: 4-5 petals/rays Flower Size: 1-3 inches Flower Description: The blooms are pyramidal panicles of creamy white flowers measuring 6 to 8 inches long that appear in summer on new growth. The blooms will fade over time to a pinkish rose and tannish brown. The bloom has fertile and sterile flowers.
  • Leaves: Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Leaf Color: Green Leaf Feel: Rough Deciduous Leaf Fall Color: Gold/Yellow Insignificant Leaf Type: Simple Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Whorled Leaf Shape: Elliptical Ovate Leaf Margin: Serrate Hairs Present: Yes Leaf Length: 3-6 inches Leaf Width: 1-3 inches Leaf Description: The leaves are opposite, simple, and oval to ovate. They are sometimes whorled towards the leaf tip. They measure 3 to 6 inches long and 1.5 to 3 inches wide. They are dark green above, light green beneath, and fade to yellow in the fall before the leaf drop. The margins are serrate. The undersides are pubescent, especially near the veins, and the petiole is up to 1 inch long.
  • Bark: Bark Color: Light Brown Light Gray Surface/Attachment: Furrowed Shredding Bark Description: The bark is grayish-brown and shreds when mature and is irregularly furrowed.
  • Stem: Stem Color: Brown/Copper Gray/Silver Stem Is Aromatic: No Stem Description: The stems are grayish-brown and tend to droop from the weight of the flowers.
  • Landscape: Landscape Location: Container Naturalized Area Patio Recreational Play Area Woodland Landscape Theme: Asian Garden Children's Garden Cottage Garden Cutting Garden Pollinator Garden Shade Garden Design Feature: Border Hedge Screen/Privacy Small groups Small Tree Specimen Attracts: Pollinators Resistance To Challenges: Pollution Salt Urban Conditions Problems: Poisonous to Humans Problem for Cats Problem for Dogs Problem for Horses

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Panicle Hydrangeas

Panicle hydrangeas are a garden favorite for a variety of reasons. Many home gardeners enjoy their ease of care, and heat tolerance. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago takes you through how to plant, grow, and care for Panicle Hydrangeas this season.

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Written by Jill Drago Last updated: October 2, 2023 | 8 min read

Panicle Hydrangea in Garden

Hydrangeas are often grown for their stunning blooms . They typically do best in shaded areas. However, there are gardens out there that have a sunny spot waiting for these bright blooms to be planted there. Here we welcome the Hydrangea paniculata , or panicle hydrangea.

These types of hydrangea are the answer to all sunny gardeners’ dreams! These cone-shaped flowers are ideal for anyone who has a brightly lit garden and wants a reliable bloom every year. They can thrive in sunny conditions , and come in many different colors.

Panicles have become increasingly popular in gardens over the last decade. As some of the most adaptable of their kind, they can thrive even in poorer quality soil. From planting to growing and maintenance, let’s dig into everything you need to know about panicle hydrangeas!

Panicle Hydrangea Plant Overview

Panicle Hydrangea Plant Overview

What is a Panicle Hydrangea?

Blooming Panicle Hydrangea 'Limelight'

Hydrangea paniculata or the panicle hydrangea is the sunseeker of the hydrangea family. These shrubs are native to the cooler regions of Asia . They gained popularity in the Victorian era and have taken off ever since. The cultivation of panicle hydrangeas has given us endless varieties to choose from that will suit any need we may have in our garden.

Their flowers are very large and football-shaped. The overall panicle flower is made up of many smaller branches with flowers at the end of each, resulting in a large showstopping bloom.

Why Choose Them Over Other Varieties?

Pale pink flowers growing in the garden

Panicle hydrangeas are the perfect choice for a full sun or morning sun garden space. If your gardens are full of sun you may not have had the opportunity to grow hydrangeas before- well here is your chance! This species of hydrangea is also one of the hardiest around and will grow happily in USDA zones 3-8 .

Panicles can also be pruned into a tree form , offering even more options for this plant within your garden. All varieties of panicles can be trained into a tree form . This takes a lot of time and patience, but it can be done at home if you are up for it! They are also available at garden centers.

The tree forms are exactly what they sound like, one strong main leader has been chosen to serve as the trunk of the tree while shoots and other branches are trimmed yearly until the desired look has been achieved.

Propagating

Propagating Garden Flowers From Cuttings

Propagating panicles can be easily done by taking softwood cuttings in the early summer months of May, June, or July. These cuttings can be dipped in a rooting hormone and stuck into a sand and peat mixture with great success.

Gardener Planting Young plants

Panicles have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Because of this, they are easy to find at most garden centers. This sun lover will want to be planted in full sun to partial shade in your garden.

Some varieties of Hydrangea paniculata can be quite large. Be sure to take note of the nursery tag and plant this shrub in an area with the appropriate amount of space. As with most hydrangeas, panicles love well-draining and fertile soil.

Adding compost to your soil at the time of planting is a great way to increase the richness of your soil.

How to Grow

Growing a panicle is similar to growing just about any other type of hydrangea. The difference comes down to their tolerance for less than perfect soil, and full sun conditions. Let’s take a deeper look at each aspect that you’ll need to know about before growing panicles this season.

White Flowers blooming in the sun

Unlike many of its hydrangea relatives, Hydrangea paniculata loves the sun . It is the only species of hydrangea that benefits from living in the full sun.

While they can survive in shadier conditions, they truly thrive when they are in the sun most of the day. If you live in a warmer climate, afternoon shade during the hottest parts of the day is recommended.

Child Watering Flowers in a Garden

Because they love the sun you may need to water them a bit more frequently than their shade-loving relatives. The good news is that the symptoms of hydrangea dehydration are the same.

If you have panicles that have drooping leaves, then they likely need some additional water . Be sure to give your plants a good soaking a few times a week during the summer , and even more so if you are in the middle of a heat wave .

female planting H. paniculata in soil

Panicles prefer well-draining soil that is kept moist, but not too wet. Soil that is too wet can lead to problems such as root rot. It is best to avoid planting them in an area where they won’t drain well.

Most soil types should be totally fine for growth, as hydrangea paniculata are not picky. They tolerate a range of pH levels, from acidic to alkaline. There shouldn’t be too many changes to make to the soil in which you plan to plant your hydrangeas.

Climate and Temperature

White-pink Hydrangeas Growing on a Bush

Panicle hydrangeas are very hardy and do well from zones 3-8. The panicle hydrangeas are some of the most cold-tolerant hydrangeas , and lucky for you warm climate gardeners they do equally well in the heat.

Just make sure if you plan on growing them in a hotter climate, that you provide them with a little afternoon shade. Temps that regularly clear 100 degrees may have a little harder time keeping hydrangeas alive if they are planted in full afternoon sun.

Gardener holding granular fertilizer

Panicle hydrangeas do not require much in the area of fertilizing. Giving them a feeding of a basic granular fertilizer in the springtime should be enough to get them through the year.

Do not be heavy-handed with your fertilizer. Fertilizing them too frequently can cause the stems to weaken. Weak stems will not be able to hold up the heavy weight of the large flowers and the plant will droop to the ground.

Maintenance

Watering can next to blooming bushes

Once your hydrangea is well established in your garden the only maintenance it will require from you is regular watering . You may opt to deadhead them , but this is purely for ornamental purposes. Panicles typically don’t need deadheading like other varieties.

Gardener Pruning shrub with flowers

Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood, meaning that your timing of pruning is a bit more flexible. While it is recommended that pruning is done in the fall after blooming , or in the spring before there is too much new growth, panicles will be tolerant of your pruning no matter when you choose to do it. 

If you do miss either of these time windows, just be a bit more cautious and make sure you are not pruning off any new flower buds.

There are a few very popular Hydrangea Paniculata varieties, and each of them can do equally well in sunny conditions. Each has their own unique look and color profile. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the more popular panicles.

H. paniculata ‘Fire and Ice’

H. paniculata ‘Fire and Ice’

This is a really nice compact option for a panicle. ‘Fire and Ice’ will only grow to about three feet tall, but will not disappoint in the flower department. As with the rest of the species, these flowers open in a creamy white turning to pink and again to red in the fall . The compact nature of this plant makes it a really nice choice for a foundation planting, or border.

H. paniculata ‘Limelight’

H. paniculata ‘Limelight’

Limelight has proved itself to be a true sun lover that gardeners choose over and over again. This variety can grow from six to eight feet high and wide making Limelight a really great plant for a privacy screen or a hedge . The flowers on Limelight are very large. They begin the season in fresh green and then turn to pink , red, or burgundy and last through the frost.

H. paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’

H. paniculata 'Pinky Winky'

‘Pinky Winky’ is another gardener’s favorite. This variety has very large flowers that will open white and turn pink from the bottom up as the season progresses. The panicles can grow up to 16 inches long and they will continue to bloom through the first frost.

‘‘Pinky Winky’ is a very pretty grown in a hedge and will provide excellent summertime privacy, it will top out at about eight feet tall. It is also a great option for containers .

H. paniculata ‘Puffer Fish’

H. paniculata ‘Puffer Fish’

For a slight change of pace, ‘Puffer Fish’ will give you a tinge of green in between the shift from white to pink flowers. Growing from three to five feet this is a great medium-sized panicle hydrangea that can be used almost anywhere in your garden.

H. paniculata ‘Tiny Quick Fire’

H. paniculata ‘Tiny Quick Fire’

This is a cute little panicle. ‘Tiny Quick Fire’ is the dwarf version of the popular ‘Quick Fire’. This plant only grows up to be three feet at most, making it perfect for a border along a walkway, or in a foundation planting. The flowers turn from white to pink as the summertime passes by.

Green Beetle on white flowering shrub

Panicle hydrangeas can fall victim to common hydrangea pests , however, they are tough plants and are not easily taken down. In desperate times you may find deer nibbling on the leaves of your panicle. For the most part, your pests will be of the insect variety.  Aphids, beetles, and spider mites are commonly found on all hydrangeas.

You can remove aphids and spider mites by spraying your plant down with a hose, while Japanese beetles can be knocked into a bucket of soapy water by hand. You can also use insecticidal soap to control these pests without harming any pollinators.

Plants that are stressed are targets for insects of all kids. Keeping your plants watered and the area around them clean will help prevent your hydrangeas from becoming stressed.

Disease inflicted shrub in garden

Panicles can struggle with fungal diseases , however, they are typically not too afflicted. Diseases you may find on your panicle hydrangea are: leaf spot, powdery mildew, botrytis blight, and root rot.

To prevent these diseases remove infected leaves from the plant, and keep the soil around the plant free from fallen leaves and weeds.

If needed you can use insecticidal soap to treat any diseased plants you may encounter. Insecticidal soaps are eco-friendly pesticides that have been around for many years. They are available at just about every garden center. The way insecticidal soaps work is either by dehydrating the insect or by suffocating the insect.

Plant Hedges in Garden

The height of many varieties of Hydrangea paniculata lends itself well to be used in your garden as a privacy screen , or grown in a hedge. These plants can be so large that they work very well as specimen plants throughout your yard.

The smaller varieties would make a really nice shorter hedge, or a nice addition to a foundation planting or border.

Don’t forget about container planting! The low maintenance aspect of panicle hydrangeas makes these plants great options for containers , just be sure that the container you have chosen is large enough to support the plant!

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a panicle hydrangea in the shape of a tree. when should i prune it.

Pruning the tree form of panicle is the same process as pruning the shrub form. Blooming on new wood, these beauties can be pruned in the winter or the springtime .

Hydrangea trees are available at garden centers, but training your hydrangea into a tree form is something you can do at home if you have the patience. You will want to start with a very young plant, or with a cutting you have taken from an existing hydrangea in your yard.

If you are starting with a young plant you will want to choose the strongest and most upright branch to be your leader, then simply snip away all of the other branches. Each spring snip off any new stems that may have grown keeping the leader branch clear.

Also give the main leader a quick haircut, cutting just below a leaf node. This will help the hydrangea to branch out rather than up.

When do they bloom?

Panicle hydrangeas bloom in the mid-summer . In warmer climates they may even begin to bloom in the late spring. Panicle hydrangea flowers will start out white and will change color to different shades of pink or red depending on the variety.

Is there a blue panicle hydrangea?

Unfortunately no. Panicles all reside in the white to pink realm. These whites will change to pink or red later in the season. They are not sensitive to the pH of their soil the way that Hydrangea macrophylla are.

This soil sensitivity is what prevents or encourages the uptake of aluminum by the plant. If your soil pH is low there will be more aluminum available to the plant. The end result being blue flowers.

Are panicles considered evergreen?

Panicles, just like all of the other hydrangeas, are deciduous shrubs. Deciduous shrubs lose their leaves in the winter. Panicle hydrangeas do offer beautiful autumn colored foliage in shades ranging from mahogany to bright red.

If you are seeking a flowering evergreen shrub , Rhododendrons are a great option. They have very similar growing requirements and are very beautiful in their own right.

Final Thoughts

If you have a garden full of sun and have always dreamed of growing hydrangeas this is absolutely the perfect plant for you. Panicle Hydrangeas are low maintenance and are equally as beautiful as their shady relatives ! They are perfect for novice gardeners due to their tolerance for harsher conditions, so if this is your first time growing these famous flowering shrubs, panicles are a fantastic place to start!

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Panicle hydrangeas – also known as peegee hydrangeas, hardy hydrangeas, and Limelight hydrangeas, are the easiest to grow, most adaptable of all hydrangeas. We like to call them the “black thumb hydrangea” because they are so easy and reliable, they make even people who have no experience (or claim to have a black thumb, which we don’t believe even exists, frankly) look like garden rock stars. So don’t be intimidated by this guide – we created it just to address the myriad questions we get on these popular plants.

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Where can you grow panicle hydrangeas?

One of the things that makes them so popular – besides their undeniable good looks – is that they grow over so much of North America, from chilly USDA zone 3 through balmy USDA zone 8 (even USDA zone 9 in the case of ‘Limelight’). That means they can be planted everywhere from Manitoba to Mobile, and in every area, you can count on big, beautiful blooms in summer. Panicle hydrangeas offer the best cold and heat tolerance of all the types of hydrangeas.

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Picking a perfect spot for panicle hydrangeas

Panicle hydrangeas are the most sun-tolerant of all hydrangeas, and in colder climates (say, USDA zone 3-6), we recommend at least four hours of bright sun each day; six or more is preferable, as it encourages the strongest stems and the most flowers. In hotter climates (USDA zone 7 and warmer), afternoon shade is beneficial, but the plants should get at least some sun each day.

Overall, panicle hydrangeas aren’t finicky about soil, but good drainage is a must. Soils that are too wet lead to root rot, so avoid planting them in any area that stays wet for any length of time. Aside from that, any average soil in your landscape will do. They can even grow in clay soil, provided it is well-drained. They are tolerant of a range of pH levels, from acidic to alkaline, so unless you live in an area of extreme soil pH, you should not need to make any changes to successfully grow panicle hydrangeas.

Do not amend the soil when you plant panicle hydrangeas. Do not add any kind of compost, potting mix, top soil, etc. to the hole when you plant in the ground. This leads to something called the “bathtub effect”, wherein water infiltrates very rapidly into the amendment you added, but as it drains and hits your natural soil surrounding the hole, it slows to a halt. During this time, it sits around the roots, leaving them susceptible to rot. This is our recommendation for planting all of our shrubs, however, it bears repeating here, as this is the number one reason we’ve seen that recently planted panicle hydrangeas might struggle. Make your life – and your new plant’s life – easy: plant directly into your natural soil only, water after planting, and apply a 2-3”/5-7 cm layer of shredded bark mulch.

Check out GardenDesign.com's guide to growing hydrangeas for ideas on how to incorporate them into your landscape. 

Like any newly planted shrub or tree, panicle hydrangeas need regular water during their first year or two. Once they are established, they can survive dry conditions, however, too much hot, dry weather can compromise blooming, so regular watering is recommended for the most and best looking flowers.

Fertilizing

In most areas, it is not necessary to fertilize panicle hydrangeas regularly. If you want them to grow more quickly, an application of a granular fertilizer formulated for shrubs (like a rose fertilizer) in early spring is sufficient. Avoid fertilizing panicle hydrangeas excessively, as this can lead to weak stems. Be particularly aware of incidental fertilizing, such as that applied to a nearby lawn or flower bed, as these tend to be high in nitrogen and more likely to push soft, rapid growth that causes weak stems.

“Panicle” describes the shape and arrangement of the blooms of the plant, but it’s easiest to think of them as essentially football-shaped (and sized!). They bloom in summer (mid-late spring in zone 8/9). The flowers start out white, but as summer stretches on and days start to get shorter and nights cooler, they start to take on pink to red tones. Exact color depends on the variety, and some varieties turn a new color entirely, while some will do so gradually, producing a multi-color shaded effect. If the color the flowers turn is muddy, that typically indicates the plant is in too much shade and/or that temperatures, and particularly night time temperatures, have been too high.

The color the blooms turn is a genetic trait that develops with the natural aging of the cells in the florets, and is not influenced by any condition in the soil, like pH level. You can’t change panicle hydrangeas’ color by treating with aluminum sulfate or planting in acidic soil – they will always stay in the pink/red range.

Because panicle hydrangeas are so tolerant of cold climates, they need little to no special treatment for winter. As long as a good 2-3”/5-7cm layer of mulch is over the roots, it’s prepared to soldier through the impending cold, ice, snow, and wind.

Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood – in other words, they create their flower buds for the year only after they’ve begun to leaf out in spring. This means that they can be pruned without negatively impacting their bloom. Though pruning is not strictly necessary, it encourages stronger stems, better blooming, and an overall more attractive shape. If you are starting with a very small plant such as one purchased online, keep pruning to minimum until it has had the chance to develop some good body.

When to prune: panicle hydrangeas can be pruned in late fall, once the plant has gone completely dormant (i.e., has lost all of its leaves and has been bare for at least two weeks), or in early spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge. Aim to cut the plant back by about one-third its total height; in other words, if it is 6’ tall, cut off about 2’. You should also cut off any thin, spindly stems and side branches. If you have a panicle hydrangea tree (also known as a standard or tree-form hydrangea), see our article on their care and pruning for additional tips

Panicle hydrangea FAQ

Can you grow panicle hydrangea in containers?

Yes! They do great in containers. The general guideline is that a plant should be two zones hardier than yours for the best chance at winter survival, but thanks to their hardiness and toughness, they can be grown in a container even in zone 4. Be sure to choose weatherproof containers, made of a material that can stay outdoors all winter without breaking, cracking, or flaking, for your panicle hydrangea, and of course, the container must have large, open drain holes in the bottom. Other than this, all of the care instructions given above apply to container-grown plants as well. When winter comes, check the soil for water every 10-14 days. If it is dry, apply a bit of water – nothing like you’d do in summer, just a bit to moisten the top layer. Depending on the size and the growing conditions, you should be able to grow a panicle hydrangea in a container for at least three years before it needs to be transplanted in the landscape. You’ll know it’s time to transplant if the flowers and leaves appear smaller and stunted, and/or it becomes very difficult to keep watered in normal conditions.

Can you keep a panicle hydrangea smaller through pruning?

No, this is not a practical strategy. If you need a small panicle hydrangea, you should select one of the dwarf varieties like Little Lime, Little Quick Fire, or Bobo, as these will naturally stay on the smaller side. Even though it seems like you could cut a full-sized panicle hydrangea back really severely and that would cause it to grow little that season, the opposite usually happens, and it grows a lot. Think of it this way: the bigger a plant gets, the bigger its root system is. A large, well-established root system can function as a sort of “engine” fueling growth, so that if you cut it back to the ground, it fires on all cylinders and quickly pushes out a ton of new growth. Because it was formed so quickly, that growth is typically soft and weak, and it winds up laying on the ground for the season.

Fun fact: you can use this to your advantage if you’d like – cutting an established panicle hydrangea back severely results in weak stems but ludicrously gigantic flowers, which can be harvested to use as fresh or dried cut flowers. The plant can then go back to regular maintenance pruning to get back into shape.

Which is better for pruning panicle hydrangeas - fall or spring?

From the plant’s standpoint, either one is more or less fine. The advantages to pruning in fall are that you can minimize the risk of stems breaking from heavy ice or snow and that typically, there’s less going on in terms of yardwork in late autumn, so it’s easier to fit the task into your schedule. The advantages to pruning in spring are that it preserves the dried flower skeletons all winter, which are much more interesting to look at than a pruned plant, you can easily repair any snow or ice damage in spring, and finally, by waiting until the new growth starts to emerge on the plant, that essentially lets it tell you where to cut. Just make your cuts above where large, healthy buds are emerging, roughly half to one-third down the stem.

My personal preference is spring pruning, but you can choose whichever time works better with your schedule, provided you follow the guidelines given above in the pruning section.

The foliage on my panicle hydrangea is yellowing. What’s wrong?

Provided that the yellowing leaves are confined to the center part of the plant, this isn’t a cause for concern. It’s not an uncommon occurrence, particularly for those that were planted the same year. Basically, what happens is that as the plant has grown through the season, the upper portions began to shade the center, make those inner leaves less effective energy-producers. As a result, the plant takes the energy in the chlorophyll, causing the leaf to yellow, and then drops it.

If the yellowing is seen on new growth and/or leaves toward the ends of the branches, it may indicate overwatering/poor drainage. If you’re concerned about what you’re seeing, you can always contact us with a photo for our thoughts.

My panicle hydrangea isn’t blooming at all. You said these were easy! What gives?

Being extremely cold tolerant and blooming on new wood makes panicle hydrangeas exceptionally reliable bloomers. However, there are a few possible explanations for why one may not be blooming:

  • Too much shade. In shady areas, blooming may be sparse or perhaps not occur at all in extreme conditions. Plant in at least four hours of sun or filtered light all day for best bloom.
  • Too young. Most panicle hydrangeas bloom well from an early age, but sometimes, they need to be established before they will devote energy to blooming well. Follow all of the care instructions above to get your plant off to a good start, and keep it growing healthy and vigorously. Remember that a good root system must be in place for flowering to occur. If you’re starting with a small plant that you ordered online, it can take several seasons for it to become large enough to bloom.
  • Flowers eaten by deer. Deer are particularly fond of the flowers of hydrangeas and are amazingly capable of eating just the developing flower bud, leaving few other signs of their presence. If deer are an issue in your area, protect your plants with a repellent, fence, or netting.
  • Improper pruning. Panicle hydrangeas can be pruned in early spring and still bloom that year. However, if you pruned very late in spring, it can remove the buds that were developing. This more typically results in a delay of bloom rather than eliminating it, but depending on how late it was pruned and the growing season, no flowers that year is a possibility. Be on the safe side and prune in early spring, before or just as the plant starts to leaf out.

A final possibility is that the plant simply hasn’t bloomed yet that season. We often hear from gardeners who bought a panicle hydrangea in bloom the previous year in, say, May or June, and planted it in their landscape. That leaves them wondering why the plant isn’t in bloom the following year at that same time. What actually happened in this case is that the grower who was growing the plant prior to purchase kept it in a protected greenhouse and probably turned the heat on early so that they could ship a nice blooming plant to the garden center in time for the prime shopping season. However, once the hydrangea is planted outdoors, it will take on a more natural, seasonal cycle, blooming later in the season. This is totally normal and no cause for concern – just be patient. Depending on your climate, some later-blooming varieties like Pinky Winky and ‘Limelight’ may not show buds until well into July, even early August in cool areas.

Why aren’t my flowers turning from white to pink/red?

As stated above, the only color that panicle hydrangea flowers can develop is pink or red. If this doesn’t happen, it’s due to one of two reasons:

  • The plants experienced water stress. This can be due to too much or too little water, but in either case, it causes the plant to conserve its resources, resulting in flowers that simply go brown instead of aging to pink. Because panicle hydrangeas bloom during what is the hottest, driest part of the year in many areas, they may need supplemental water now and then during their bloom time, especially if rainfall is scarce or they aren’t on irrigation. Mulch helps this a lot too.
  • High temperatures. If temperatures, and particularly nighttime temperatures, are high, the color change may be muddy or not occur at all. They would ideally like to have temperatures that are consistently below 70 degrees fahrenheit. A few warmer nights here and there won't affect the coloring drastically.

What about hydrangea trees?

Hydrangea trees, also known as standards or tree-form, are specially trained by growers to take on that unique form. It takes a few seasons of careful pruning and training to create them, so they cost quite a bit more than a regular shrub-form panicle hydrangea. Hydrangea trees are not grafted like some roses or trees are, where the “trunk” and the “canopy” are different, so you needn’t worry about the bottom overtaking the top. However, some special care is required to keep them looking their best, which you can read about in our standard care article

Due to their higher cost, garden centers may not bring in a lot of tree-form hydrangeas, and they often sell out fast. If you are looking for one, contact your garden center about ordering them for you; autumn is the best time to do that for spring of the following year. Most of our full-sized panicle hydrangea varieties are available as standards.

The stems of my panicle hydrangea are on the ground and/or don’t hold the flowers up. What’s wrong and what can I do about it?

Strong, sturdy stems that hold the blooms upright all season is one of our top considerations in evaluating panicle hydrangeas for introduction. However, these three cultural/environmental factors that can prevent them from achieving their full potential:

  • Too much shade. Panicle hydrangeas need at least four hours of bright sun, or filtered light all day, for the strongest stems. In shaded conditions, they will stretch toward the light, which leads to weak, spindly growth.
  • It’s best if you prune panicle hydrangeas back by about one-third their total height each year, as described in the pruning section. At this time, you should also remove any thin side branches as well. This gives you the strongest, sturdiest framework. If you cut back more than that, it can push a lot of weak, soft growth – however, this should only last a season, and if you prune properly the following year, those weak stems will be just a memory.
  • If you want to fertilize your hydrangea, once a year in early spring is sufficient. If the plant gets a lot of fertilizer, and particularly high nitrogen fertilizer, that can push soft, weak growth. If you often fertilize a lawn or flower bed nearby, this can inadvertently reach the hydrangea.

One last consideration: sometimes, recently planted hydrangeas can flop. This can be due to multiple factors, including all of the reasons above, as well as the limitation of the root system to the container, or plants being closely spaced at the nursery or garden center. This is a temporary condition that should not recur – just plan to prune the plant according to instructions above that autumn or the following spring. If you wish, you can cut the flowers off to enjoy in a vase indoors, which will un-weight the branches.

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What’s a pee gee hydrangea?

Some people refer to panicle hydrangeas as “pee gee” (or “peegee,” or “pg”) hydrangeas. However, this term refers to a specific variety – a very old one known as Hydrangea p aniculata ‘ G randiflora’, which was shortened to simply the p in paniculata and the g in Grandiflora. As such, we prefer the more general term for our hydrangeas. The true peegee hydrangea is an interesting plant for those who love garden history, but modern introductions offer significant improvements over it in terms of stem strength, flower quality, bloom time, and color.

Do panicle hydrangeas make good cut flowers?

Yes! In fact, they’re outstanding as cut flowers, both fresh and dried. Depending on how you like to use them, you may find the dwarf varieties more suitable, as the very large ones, like Pinky Winky, require a very large base to look in-scale. Don’t cut the flowers when they are freshly opened: wait until the last florets at the tip of the flower are starting to open to reduce the risk of wilting. Strip off as much foliage as you can before arranging, which also minimizes wilting. If you want to dry the flowers, simply place in a vase with just an inch or so of water, let the plants take it up naturally, and do not replace the water. They will dry straight and fluffy.

Whether you are going for fresh or dried cut flowers, know that the color that they are when you cut them is the color they will keep. In other words, if you want flowers with the pink/red tones, cut them after that has developed. They will not naturally progress to that color in the vase.

I need to transplant a panicle hydrangea. When should I do that and how?

Hydrangeas in general transplant pretty easily, thanks to their shallow root systems. The very best time to transplant them is in early spring, before the new growth begins, but they can be transplanted later in spring or in fall, when the weather has cooled off, if necessary. Avoid transplanting when it’s hot and sunny, unless it is absolutely necessary (i.e., construction, moving, etc.).

When transplanting, it’s always a good idea to prepare the new spot as much as possible before digging the plant out of its current location. Once you see the size of the root ball, you may need to adjust the new hole a bit, but overall, you should aim to minimize the time the plant spends out of the ground. Plant in the new spot using only your natural soil, water well after planting, and mulch. The plant may struggle a bit that first season, but keep it watered and cared for – it will rebound and be just fine in the long run as long as you provide the TLC to get it through the first several months after transplanting.

My hydrangea is wilting, even though I keep watering it. What’s going on?

This is one of the most common questions we hear about panicle hydrangeas. It’s usually tricky to answer, however, because both too much water and too little water cause panicle hydrangeas to wilt. To determine which is the cause of your plant wilting, think about its growing conditions: how often do you water it? Is it watered by hand or with a sprinkler system? Has it been hot and dry, or has there been reasonably good rainfall? While panicle hydrangeas perform best with regular water, they can suffer severely in situations where the soil is poorly drained/stays wet for long periods, so your perspective on how much water it has been getting, and how often, is a key part of determining the issue.

There are a few visual cues you may be able to pick up on as well. The drooping foliage on overwatered plants tends to feel kind of soft and flabby. It may take on dark brown or even black tones. Often, in these cases, the flowers wilt dramatically as well. If the plant is getting too little water, the drooping leaves often feel dry and crispy, have light brown spots (especially around the edge) and take on kind of a dusty look. Unless the lack of water is extreme, the flowers usually won’t wilt when the plant is under-watered. If you’re not sure, contact us and attach a photo.

If the plant is being overwatered/has poor drainage, cut back the water if you can. Water less frequently, or adjust irrigation heads to deliver less water to the plant. Overwatering on panicle hydrangeas is frequently caused by amending the soil at planting time with compost, potting mix, or something like that (even though we explicitly recommend against this in our planting instructions). If this is the case, the plant should be removed, the soil amendment thoroughly incorporated with the natural soil, and then the plant replanted. It may drop its leaves, but it will recover provided that conditions improve.

If the plant is getting too little water, usually some extra water during hot periods should be sufficient. You should also put down 2-3”/5-7cm of shredded bark mulch, which keeps roots cool and conserves moisture. If you find that these measures are still not sufficient, that may indicate the plant is getting a bit too much sun for your climate. In that case, consider transplanting it when the weather cooperates.

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A magnificent shrub,  Hydrangea paniculata  'Phantom' has huge white flower heads, the largest we have discovered so far on this species. We have a spectacular group of five plants next to the entrance to the gardens here and this year they produced a superb display of flower heads, some up to 45 cm long. 

The flower bracts are pale green in early summer, turning white from July to August, finally darkening to pink before falling in September. These bracts stand out well against the pretty green leaves.

To attain the largest possible flower heads,  Hydrangea paniculata  'Phantom' should be pruned back hard to around 20 - 30 cm (1 ft) above ground level and mulched yearly.

  • Position:  Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil:  Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness:  Hardy.
  • Flowering Period:   August - September.
  • Rate of Growth:  Moderate.
  • Height:  2.5 m (8 ft) if left unpruned.  (up to 1.2 m if pruned yearly)
  • Spread:  2.5 m (8 ft) if left unpruned.  (up to 1.2 m if pruned yearly)
  • Pruning:  Prune  Hydrangea paniculata  'Phantom' back to a bud, 20 - 40 cm above the ground each March. This will keep the plant from getting to large and increase the size of the flower heads.

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  • Blooms shift from creamy white to rose pink over the season
  • Boasts large panicle flowers
  • Tolerant of salt and other urban conditions
  • Height 6 - 10 feet
  • Flowering Date Blooms mid summer to fall
  • Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
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  • Form: Shrub
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Height/Habit: 6 - 10 feet
  • Spread: 6 - 10 feet
  • Spacing: 8 - 10 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Flowering Date: Blooms mid summer to fall
  • Planting Instructions: Did a hole large enough to accommodate the roots. Spread them around and fill in dirt so that the crown of the plant is level with the soil.
  • Winter Care: Mulch as needed in colder climates
  • Shipped: 1 GALLON POT
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Shipping Season: Fall
  • Flower Color: Pink, White
  • Flower Form: Large panicle clusters
  • Foliage Type: Ovate, yellow-green leaves
  • Soil Requirement: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Watering Requirement: Average water needs
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The Phantom Hydrangea is a new-generation replacement for the old PG Hydrangea – even more beautiful, and with stems that stay upright and never flop over. The huge panicles of pure-white flowers are up to 15 inches long, with hundreds of flowers in them. They sit atop the branches of a shrub that rapidly grow to 6 or 8 feet tall, and a little less across. Not only are the flowers beautiful, they last for months, from early July to the end of September. They are a beautiful soft green when immature, pure white when fully developed, and then turn darker and darker pink as the chilly weather arrives in fall. This great shrub is very easy to grow in colder areas where the mophead hydrangeas mostly will not flower, and it is a fantastic addition to any garden, all across the country. Forget the PG and plant the Phantom.

  • Huge pure-white flower panicles turn pink in fall
  • Flowers held upright all season
  • Fast-growing deciduous shrub to 6 feet
  • Long flowering period from July to September
  • Grows in cold areas where mophead hydrangeas fail

The Phantom Hydrangea will grow well in full sun to partial shade. In hotter regions it does best in partial shade, especially in the afternoons. It grows in all kinds of soils, but thrives in richer, well-drained soil that does not become too dry. Young plant should be watered regularly. It has no particular pests or diseases, tolerates air pollution and urban conditions, and is one of the easiest shrubs to grow. It need some trimming in spring for best results, but otherwise it needs no maintenance to make a spectacular showing in your garden.

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New varieties of well-known garden plants are not unusual, and almost every year many new plants are released. But something as special as the Phantom Hydrangea comes along very rarely. This plant is a modern replacement for the traditional PG Hydrangea – a plant loved by generations of gardeners, especially in colder parts of the country where Mophead Hydrangeas don’t grow well. The PG Hydrangea is well-loved, but it certainly has its faults. The stems flop, and even snap, under the weight of the flowers, seriously detracting from its garden beauty. None of this is true of the Phantom Hydrangea, which has amazingly sturdy stems that hold the flowers upright , even though they are often larger than the flowers of the PG Hydrangea. No more disappointment after months of growth or having to face the laborious task of staking every single stem.

This is no sales hype – not only did the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society in the UK give the Phantom Hydrangea its prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 2008, it actually voted in 2012 to take away the award given to the PG Hydrangea – so great was the improvement that they basically said there was no point in gardeners even planting the PG Hydrangea anymore. That’s right –that old variety has been completely superseded by the improvements seen in the Phantom Hydrangea.

Growing Phantom Hydrangeas

The Phantom Hydrangea is a stunning deciduous shrub, growing 6 to 8 feet tall, with spectacular 15-inch-long conical flower heads of pure white. These begin in mid-summer, and gradually turn pink in early fall, making a wonderful display for 3 to 4 months of the year . This easily grown shrub is hardy to minus 30 degrees, and is a wonderful addition to any garden, especially if you live in an area too cold for Mophead Hydrangeas.

Uses in Your Garden

Grow the Phantom Hydrangea among other, earlier-flowering shrubs anywhere in your garden. Plant it as a specimen in a small garden – it will be in bloom longer than any other plant. Plant it in a large pot to bring flowers to your terrace, It can be grown as a bush, or trained up as a small tree, depending on what you need.

It grows easily in sun or partial shade, preferring some shade in hotter areas, so it is very useful for those shadier parts of the garden. It thrives in almost any kind of soil, if it is not too dry, or constantly wet . It has no significant pests or diseases. This vigorous plant is very, very easy to grow successfully – a great plant for the beginner gardener, and sure to please.

Size and Appearance

The Phantom Hydrangea is a fast-growing shrub that will soon reach 6 to 8 feet tall and almost as wide , depending on how it is pruned. This deciduous shrub has pale brown stems, with smooth bark on young stems, and rougher bark on older ones. The leaves are oval, about 6 inches long, with conspicuous teeth along the margin. The leaf is soft to the touch, and mid-green in color. In fall they turn bright yellow. They leaves are grouped in pairs or threes along the stems. New stems grow rapidly in spring, and soon you will see a cluster of tiny green flowers developing at the end of each stem. These expand steadily, and around the middle of July these will be large – up to 15 inches long.

The flower heads contain hundreds of flowers, and they sit upright on the ends of the stems. The individual flowers begin life as a delicate shade of green, but soon become pure white, with four or five petals. These enormous conical heads are stunning in the garden, and they last and last. Unlike older forms, the stems remain sturdily upright, holding those heads in the air, not letting them flop and break.

As the colder weather arrives in fall, a wonderful change begins. Gradually the white flowers become pale pink, and then darken with each colder day, until by late September they are deep pink. Even after that, as they die, the flowers keep their color, only gradually fading to soft beige. They can be left on the plant all winter, although many gardeners prefer to cut them, hang them upside down to dry, and use them in the house for decoration all winter long.

Care and Maintenance

The only care needed for the Phantom Hydrangea is pruning in late winter, just before the new growth begins . It can be pruned three different ways. If you simply remove the old flower stems back to the first green buds, you will have many flowers clusters of a slightly smaller size. If you cut the stems back more, leaving 4 pairs of buds, the flowers will be larger, but not quite so numerous. If you want the biggest heads and the most spectacular show, then cut back to just 2 pairs of buds. The resulting stems will be several feet long, with enormous panicles held proudly upright – a spectacular display in your garden.

History and Origins of the Phantom Hydrangea

The Panicle Hydrangea (hydrangea paniculata), is native to south-eastern parts of China, and it also grows in Korea, Japan and eastern Russia. It has been grown in Europe and America as a garden plant for many years, but the traditional forms, like the PG Hydrangea, called ‘Paniculata’ have problems holding up their stems, so plant breeders got to work. The variety called ‘Phantom’ was developed in the Dutch town of Boskoop, a center for plant growing, by Peter Zwijnenburg Jr. in 1990.

Phantom Hydrangeas quickly took off as a vast improvement and replacement for ‘Paniculata’, which it replaces. This variety has been grown widely in Europe for several years, but it is only recently arrived in North America. Gardeners are excited to replace their PG bushes, or to grow this wonderful shrub in their gardens. Our stock will not last long, so order now and grow the best, while we can still satisfy your order.

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Phantom Panicle Hydrangea

Enormous blooms, hardy phantom panicle hydrangea grows tall.

  • Sophisticated Large Scale Shrub
  • Creamy White Flower Clusters Grow up to 15 Inches Long
  • Strong, Sturdy Stems Easily Hold up the Blooms Without Flopping Over
  • Dense Conical Flowers Wonderful in Cut Arrangements
  • Bloom Display Lasts and Lasts
  • Tall, Showy Shrub Great as a Backdrop, Screening or Living Fence
  • Incredibly Cold Hardy Panicle Hydrangea
  • Truly Easy Care
  • Urban Tolerant
  • Grow in Full Sun or Light Partial Shade
  • Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

Phantom Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata Phantom') is a beautiful tall variety that grows massive, 15-inch flower panicles that are well supported by sturdy, strong stems. You'll be amazed, but your gigantic flowers won't droop down to the ground .

Phantom features gigantic blooms that are wide at the base and narrow a bit as they extend upward. It only takes a few to create magnificent cut flower arrangements , so you'll have plenty to enjoy in your garden landscape.

This is an impressive multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with an upright form. The woody stems are strong, and the branching is uniform on this pretty shrub. With those impressive blooms held aloft, Phantom is sure to become one of your favorite flowering shrubs.

In early summer, the delicate blossoms appear with a light-green hue. The blooms slowly transition to pristine white for summertime display. They age to a lovely light-pink shade for autumn . Leave them standing for winter interest.

The huge blooms appear at regular intervals from top to bottom and side to side. You'll love the flowering symmetry! No wonder the Royal Horticultural Society awarded Phantom their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

You can count on the performance , even up into the near Arctic Zone 3. Phantom is the most cold-hardy of all the white Panicle Hydrangea and will easily bounce back after tough winters.

Phantom blooms year after year with little maintenance . Simply trim back about 1/3 of the overall size of the shrub each year in early spring before the plant starts to grow. You can easily maintain your plants between 5-10 feet tall in a rounded form.

Hydrangeas come in many colors and forms, but few can rival the majestic size and color of the Phantom Hydrangea. Order from us today!

How to Use Phantom Hydrangea in the Landscape

Phantom Hydrangea is a wonderful large-scale shrub that makes a fabulous backdrop and screening plant. Celebrate a special occasion by planting these wonderfully decorative shrubs . It grows large enough to make a big impact in the garden design, after all. You'll forever remember the day you planted them.

Include at least one in your cutting garden where you will cut and use those flowers fresh or dried. Have a marriage coming up? Plant several now and harvest the blooms for fabulous Do-It-Yourself decorations.

Love the Holidays? Allow the blooms to finish drying on the shrub, then cut and spray with gold or silver spray paint to add a bright pop in your trimmings of Holly and other evergreens.

It makes a spectacular addition to foundation plantings as a specimen plant to anchor a corner of your home or porch. Try an informal grouping of Phantom Hydrangeas to create an impressive focal point in your yard. It's a perfect backdrop on the north side of smaller shrubs and perennials.

Run Phantom along the length of your existing fence to easily add height and soften the look. We've even them staggered in a zig-zagged planting pattern on either side of a low picket fence and it looked terrific!

It is a big grower and makes an excellent addition to the sunny side of a windbreak or shelterbelt . These flowering plants adding density and lots of interest especially against taller evergreens.

Phantom makes a fantastic informal hedge. You'll love the privacy. Space them 4-5 foot apart on center to make a solid screen. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Just remember that no one ever said a row has to be stick straight! Why not meander the sight line to follow the contours of your landscape? Boost the romance with curved lines that create little hidden moments for sweet set of cozy chairs or even a lazy hammock to while away an afternoon with a good book!

Try these gorgeous shrubs as living green walls to create a Secret Garden for yourself . Indulge your dearest garden fantasies with the ethereal blooms of the Phantom Panicle Hydrangea.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This beautiful shrub is exceptionally cold hardy and very easy to care for . While it can be grown in either sun or partial shade, please know that it will flower best in a sunny spot.

In the very coldest Zone 3 gardens, it's a good idea to give it a protected spot from the very worst of the bitter winter winds. Try planting on the sunny side of taller evergreen trees or on the south side of your home or outbuilding.

Give it well-drained soil or improve your drainage with a technique called mounding up. Add additional soil to 18 - 24 and plant directly in that mound. You can also create lovely raised beds to bring visual structure to your planting designs.

Give your plants a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. This is especially important in spring. Don't let the soil dry out during the flower development stage to encourage big, huge flower heads. Give your Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' a nice, thick layer of mulch over its root system to keep it nice, moist, and cool.

Prune back hard in early spring, and you'll enjoy fresh new flowering growth later in the season. This is a simple yearly task that should be done before the plant has started to leaf out.

Don't prune once you see new growth, or you'll risk cutting off those breathtaking blooms for the year!

Before your shrubs start growing in early spring, trim the overall size back by about a third. Keep a rounded shape for the best results and make pruning cuts at a 45-degree angle just above a fat, swollen leaf bud. In this manner, you can easily maintain the of the overall size from 5 to 10 feet tall.

Once your Phantom is mature, conduct a regular schedule of renewal pruning cuts every few years in early spring. Remove the oldest, thickest stems all the way down to the ground. You'll leave the younger, thinner stems and shorten them up by a third. Your shrub will love this freshening up and respond beautifully.

Enjoy the astounding blooms and high performance of the Phantom Panicle Hydrangea. Order from the expert growers of Nature Hills today!

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