Hardiness: 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: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Oct 1, 2009, jerry31557 from Patterson, GA wrote:
I have one plant that is 2 years old and is about 5 feet tall and this year it bloomed for the first time. I was gorgeous to say the least. I highly recommend for any zone as I am in 8b at the Florida line.
On Aug 21, 2009, shirleyd from Starkville, MS wrote:
I have had great success growing this plant in Starkville, MS. It begins to bloom in July when the macrophylla begin to fade. When I try to find a branch without a bloom in order to use it to root a new plant, I cannot find one! I have several of these-----and also the variety with some fertile blooms. My favorite is the very old paniculata grandiflora with the compact blooms, and I do not understand why nurserymen don't stock them as they do the limelight. The PG starts out white---and then turns the green that limelight is famous for. Also, they last a very long time in a bouquet. The only thing that I do to them is cut them back to about a foot tall in the spring. Shirleyd
This was my favorite tree in my yard, it is in a protected area between the garage and my bay window so it didn't get the brunt of the high winds. It started out white in the late spring, turns a brilliant pink in the late summer, and darkens to a bronze/beige in the fall. I heavily pruned it every fall and it came back with more blooms every year.
This spring it was budded nicely and looked like we were going to get another great season. Out of nowhere, while we were gone over Memorial weekend it started dying off. Our sprinklers ran every other day (like every year) and we also had rain while we were gone so it didn't go without water for days on end. I am not sure what happened, but am sad to see the tree go after only 4 springs with us. It looks like it may have bud blight and/or a sucker coming out of the trunk. I'm hoping it will bounce back, but its not looking good.
(Tigard, Oregon) My baby thrived in my new flower beds. She gave me many many blooms, and even though she bloomed pure white, her blooms changed to a greenish/purple color when the flower matured. Full sun, but we found that her leaves take to looking as if she has a blight if she gets water on her leaves. Otherwise, a GORGEOUS addition to our sanctuary.
Doesn't do well in central MS. Easy to grow from cuttings just stuck into the ground. Just doesn't want to bloom for me no matter what, and I've given it 3-4 years and plenty of sun. Don't kow if it is the heat or what, but I've read elsewhere that it is a cooler-weather plant.
On Oct 19, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
A wonderful shrub (or tree depending on how it's grown) that is easy to care for and keeps on giving back!. I have ours planted in moist locations in semi-shade. Blooms on "old" wood. Do not prune back except when you are cutting blooms for arrangements in early fall - if you prune in spring you will remove all the flower buds that would blossom in fall.
I have added several PG hydrangeas to my garden so that I may use the blooms in dried arrangements. Here in zone 5, this particular hydrangea comes into bloom in August and is ready for harvesting of the blooms in mid to late September - after they have changed from white to a rosy color with green undertones. They make wonderful arrangements to put in a vase and enjoy all winter long! To dry, simply cut when the blooms have taken on the colors above and feel a bit "papery" to the touch, then arrange in a vase. No need to add water. Just make sure you cut the stems long enough to suit what you're doing.
On Mar 13, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
A deciduous shrub commonly referred to as "peegee" in reference to its name, H. paniculata produces flowers in erect panicles 3-10" tall. Blooms in early summer, flowers are initially white, aging to pink then to rust in autumn. The flowers can be used in dried arrangements.
Unlike H. macrophylla, soil pH will not affect color of blooms. Plant in well-drained average garden soil.
Peegee hydrangea blooms on new growth, so pruning should be done in late winter or early spring.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Washington D.c., Juneau, Alaska Bay, Arkansas Benton, Arkansas Merced, California Fountain, Florida Marietta, Georgia Patterson, Georgia Hanna City, Illinois Indian Heights, Indiana Fancy Farm, Kentucky Lisbon, Maine Southampton, Massachusetts Uxbridge, Massachusetts Clarkston, Michigan Tecumseh, Michigan Waterford, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Starkville, Mississippi (2 reports) Howardville, Missouri Moberly, Missouri Long Branch, New Jersey Cayuga Heights, New York Croton-on-hudson, New York Elba, New York Jackson Heights, New York Kaser, New York Bridgeton, North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Garrettsville, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Lewisburg, Ohio Montrose-ghent, Ohio Sheffield, Ohio Durham, Oregon Newport, Oregon Mercer, Pennsylvania Morrisville, Pennsylvania Oakwood, Pennsylvania Penn Hills, Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Titusville, Pennsylvania Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania Vandergrift, Pennsylvania Burrillville, Rhode Island Conway, South Carolina Edgefield, South Carolina Crossville, Tennessee Culleoka, Tennessee Dowelltown, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee (2 reports) Appleby, Texas Houston, Texas Webster, Texas Shelburne, Vermont Groveton, Virginia Urbanna, Virginia Dallesport, Washington Olympia, Washington Ridgefield, Washington Macarthur, West Virginia East Troy, Wisconsin