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Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanilla Strawberry'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Vanilla Strawberry
Additional cultivar information:(PP20670, First Editions Plants aka Renhy)
Hybridized by Renault
Registered or introduced: 2007
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Mchenry, Illinois

Midlothian, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Horton, Michigan

Interlochen, Michigan

Trout Creek, Michigan

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Pitman, New Jersey

Ringwood, New Jersey

Verona, Pennsylvania

Liberty Hill, South Carolina

Rockvale, Tennessee

Burlington, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 3, 2015, SpringwoodGrdns from Penn Hills, PA wrote:

Owned several for a few years and haven't been able to get new stems to grow more than a foot or so in a single season. And with any paniculata, thin stems mean small blooms. Cousins growing nearby don't have this issue. For these reasons, I'd place this plant in the medium size category at best, bordering on semi-dwarf. The plant almost seemed to grow faster in a more shaded area, with longer stems and larger leaves.


On Jun 2, 2015, Kelliq81 from Jonesboro, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Have had this plant for two years. Never once has bloomed. It's a pretty plant. Just sits there. Was getting late morning sun to mid-afternoon. We moved it to an east exposure - early morning sun - maybe 4 hours early and some late afternoon has the sun moves. Not one bloom. Ever. So I'm going to move it again. Will get all day long sun. We'll see what happens.


On Dec 4, 2013, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

It survives heat and cold equally well. I did not find the plant able to flower well in a mostly sunny location. Other established plants I have seen around do flower but haven't witnessed the Vanilla to Strawberry charm of the plant. The plant habit stinks, grows like a flat topped shrub that falls onto the ground as it flowers. It is rather open and does not gain strength nor grow fast. If you are wanting this plant to grow tall, you will have to stake and train it to do so.


On Aug 2, 2012, randijo55 from Interlochen, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I am very pleased with Vanilla Strawberry so far. I have 3 plants, just got them the end of June. 1 is in bloom, one about to bloom, and the other is much smaller. They grow quickly and do flop a bit with the blooms but it could be from being young. I am looking forward to next year to see how they hold up over our rough winter!


On Mar 30, 2012, mamakadan from Liberty Hill, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Has anyone in South Carolina Zone 8a planted this beauty
sucessfully in full sun?