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PlantFiles: Smooth Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens 'Bella Anna'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: arborescens (ar-bo-RES-senz) (Info)
Cultivar: Bella Anna
Additional cultivar information: (aka PIIHA-1)
Hybridized by Bailey Nurseries; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2011

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

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


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral SpringwoodGrdns On Jun 3, 2014, SpringwoodGrdns from Penn Hills, PA wrote:

I continue to grow mine sited between two traditional Annabelles. However, I'm generally unimpressed with the plant.

As of 2014, you can still find a few nurseries carrying these as growers still seem to be producing them. And, the product still has its own page hidden on Endless Summer's website. But, the product is no longer shown alongside its ES brethren or acknowledged in its product listing. So I guess we can assume it's getting the axe, a.k.a. dropped from the product line.

Personal observations over the last 3+ years are that:

1. The plant does not grow as fast as Annabelle. New shoots from the ground are several inches shorter.
2. The blooms are not quite as large (overall) as Annabelle.
3. Old wood stems are not much sturdier than new wood. Old wood with new shoots will fall to the ground under the weight of the new shoots (minus blooms).
4. New shoots coming from old wood will randomly die off throughout the growing season.
5. Nursery specimens have looked leggy and disheveled, which doesn't make the consumer want to buy it.

Dr. Mike Dirr's commented in his recent paper about breeding, selection and marketing simply that is has "stems that do not support the inflorescences."

My conclusion is that what the folks at ES probably agreed on: (as of 2014) There really is no pink Annabelle.

Positive braun06 On May 23, 2011, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

The stems of the shrub are stronger than on Invincibelle. I appreciate the tie to breast cancer research for invincibelles but I feel this is a cheap ploy often to lure buyers into feeling better about their purchases when only cents go towards any benefit cause. Here you buy a Bella Anna solely on its own merrits, not to sell Invincibelle or any cause short, as it is truly a high quality and unique plant itself.

The stock of Bella Anna I have seen at one location had very dark blue/green leaves. The leaves alone, even if it never flowered, were enough for me to buy one. I have seen the leaf in a lighter green at another nursery. I don't know what causes this variation.

The flowers are a magenta/pink color when opening. I'd say they are brighter, more rich in color than Invincibelle. Bella Anna fades do a lighter pink of course but they still maintain a pink coloration whereas Invincibelles fade more white.

As for the first year in my yard this plant of course didn't grow much as it should have been rooting. It performed admirably however for continued blooming. Just for those curious if they don't pay much attention to insects but this plant has been japanese beetle resistant for me.


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

Peoria, Illinois
Newport, Minnesota
Pitman, New Jersey
Verona, Pennsylvania

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