Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pink Pale Green Light Blue Medium Blue Purple White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall
Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Great flower for this area, zone 8B. But, hydrangeas in this area bloom great one year and not as good the next. Expect
for the old fashion white big leave adn oak leaves. They seem to do good every year. Yes, they do wilt in the sun, even in the shade sometime in the July and August sun. But, they recover will by late afternoon.
On Apr 29, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Such a beautiful flower. Actually native to Japan and Korea despite its common name "French hydrangea". It used to be planted in castle courtyards in feudal Japan.
Growing it here can be a risk. I am in a hot, humid climate and I have to have it growing on the eastern side of my house in partial shade that way it can be protected from the hot afternoon sun. It will wilt during the day if not protected...which doesn't kill the plant but doesn't make it attractive either.
On Dec 19, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Blooms June, July and August on previour year's growth. In many winters can die to the ground but will come back with lush new growth but there will be now blossoms, the following summer. The ones sold as potted plants are a delicate variety, will not produce flowers if planted outdoors. each bloom is around 7-8" in diameter, and has large ovate leaves.
On Jul 20, 2004, Mophead from Aylesford Canada wrote:
I live in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia and I grow a variety of hydrangea. I have had especially good success with 'Annabelle' which blooms profusely in mostly shade and with a great deal of competition from maple and poplar roots.
On Jun 20, 2004, Mondz from quezon city Philippines wrote:
Since I live in a tropical climate (hot and humid), I've learned that it's best to keep hydrangeas well clear of noon and afternoon sun. Partial shade won't help in the baking hot sun, since the leaves and flowerheads would droop and dry up unless you keep a sprinkler trained on it. Plant it by an east-facing wall for best results. Watch out for spider mites since they tend to discolor the leaves and stunt leaf growth.
Additional comment: I've noticed that my hydrangeas bloom faster when i remove the older foliage (bottom leaves). Looks better too as the stems don't get weighted down too much. Keeps a check on stubborn mites also.
On Feb 24, 2004, ButterflyDust from Riverside, CA wrote:
Very beautiful hydrangea. This particular plant is darker blue to lavender in color on the larger out flowers, with tiny blue cluster of flowers with five petals in the center. The large dark green leaves alone make the plant wonderful to have.
Will bloom indoors in any light, but prefers medium light. Outside prefers morning sun and afternoon shade.
On Oct 25, 2002, whitebear from Pensacola, FL wrote:
Hydrangeas are beautiful if one can accept their faults. I have heared time and time again, the things that turn them different colors upon blooming, none of them work for me but I am more than happy with the surprise Bouquet I recieve every spring. A special note, if you havent cut them back by October, leave them alone or trim minimally (second nub) or you may not get blooms in spring.
On Mar 9, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Deciduous shrub with large serrated leaves. Large ball-shaped flowers are pH-sensitive, with dark purple or blue flowers in acidic soil, white or dull green in neutral earth, and pink in alkaline soil. Flowering is best in areas with mild winters, since the plant blooms on previous year’s growth.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Mackenzie, Alabama Rainsville, Alabama Nogales, Arizona Alameda, California Albany, California Cazadero, California Laguna Niguel, California Laguna West-lakeside, California (2 reports) San Francisco, California San Jose, California Sunnyvale, California Campbell, Florida Floral City, Florida Fountain, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Brunswick, Georgia Quitman, Georgia Stone Mountain, Georgia Owensboro, Kentucky Mandeville, Louisiana Slidell, Louisiana Crofton, Maryland Frederick, Maryland Somerset, Massachusetts Carleton, Michigan Saucier, Mississippi Jersey City, New Jersey , New York Nakina, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Huber Ridge, Ohio Mount Orab, Ohio Glen Mills, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania Souderton, Pennsylvania Andersonville, Tennessee Maynardville, Tennessee Austin, Texas Dallas, Texas Madisonville, Texas Mckinney, Texas San Antonio, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Urbanna, Virginia Inglewood-finn Hill, Washington