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Hydrangea arborescens 'Invincibelle Spirit'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: arborescens (ar-bo-RES-senz) (Info)
Cultivar: Invincibelle Spirit
Additional cultivar information: (aka NCHA1)
Hybridized by Ranney; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2009

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative sladeofsky On Jul 11, 2014, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I don't know if I am just unlucky, but mine exhibits the worst branching structure of any plant I have ever grown. The flowers are huge and beautiful but almost always borne on tiny week stems that lie flat to the ground and often break under their own weight. As a flower, it's very nice. As a shrub, it's pathetic. I purchased mine from a Stark Brothers, but it was in a Proven Winners pot. Hopefully it will firm up with age. I wouldn't say "don't plant it" but be warned of its problems.

Positive gammaneetz On Sep 19, 2013, gammaneetz from Garden City, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I totally love this plant! It is planted in front of the picket fence surrounding my veggie garden and it fits there just perfectly. Yes, I do need to tie it up a couple of times a season, but that's alright with me. The blooms on the plant are wonderful.

Positive holly_grower On Jun 14, 2013, holly_grower from Bear, DE wrote:

I agree with the other reviewers - this plant is slow to get established and is best thought of as a perennial which should be supported while in bloom and deadheaded afterwards. Gets a little ragged looking after best not to site it near the front of a bed. But the color is dramatic and can't be beat for this species!

Positive stewardess On Jan 13, 2013, stewardess from Easton, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have Invincibelle planted under a Thundercloud Plum tree, where it receives morning sun. The first couple of years, it produced ugly clusters of non-uniform dark pink flowers interspersed with brown, quickly-declining blooms. I almost removed it, but everything in my garden gets a 3-year trial period. The third year, the plant flourished and is now one of the prettiest in my yard. The blooms are fluffy, cotton-candy-colored balls of healthy flowers. Heavy with blooms, the branches must be supported. Blooms slowly decline into attractive dried clusters, which look really pretty in the fall. I cut the stalks down to the ground in early winter, and by spring the shrub is full and covered with blooms again!

Positive kTalia On May 16, 2010, kTalia from Littleton, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Description from Proven Winners says the following:

"Rick pink flowers bloom from early summer to frost. Very hardy. Reliable bloomer. Reblooms without deheading. Cut to the ground in late winter and fertilize lightly."

Positive hortusthird On Oct 14, 2009, hortusthird from Spring Lake, MI wrote:

Finally a pink annabelle! Yeah.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Littleton, Colorado
Bear, Delaware
Berwyn, Illinois
Carol Stream, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Marshalltown, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Garden City, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Spring Lake, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Natchez, Mississippi
Easton, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conroe, Texas
Keller, Virginia

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