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Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Phantom
Additional cultivar information: (aka Lime Soda)

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid 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 drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wendymadre On Apr 12, 2010, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

I haven't had the Phantom for long--I bought it last summer, 2009, at the garden center of a home improvement department store. As a matter of fact, I bought four of them, each in three gallon pots, for a total of only thirty dollars. They were discounted because they were rootbound and had dried out and were no longer presentable for the remainder of the season. I passed two along to a friend, kept one in the pot (well, in a seven-gallon pot), and planted the other in the back of my back yard. It is looking lovely now--no blossoms yet (it's only April) but the other that I kept, and the two that my friend took, survived this unusually cold winter in their pots. Tough little super-hero, the Phantom.

Positive chicagojjeff On Sep 12, 2007, chicagojjeff from Chicago, IL wrote:

i've just come back from the chicago botanic garden (we are in middling zone 5) to see a wide array of hydrangea paniculata in their late stages of bloom
. here's my report card on what i've seen:
Limelight is an excellent bloomer with many medium-small but very full clusters. THey are now in September a very attractive white with perhaps a hint of green or brown. Absolute best choice for hydrangea paniculata. not the tallest variety.

The best white faded to pink I saw was Phantom, with huge very-weighed down very attractive very pink clusters. Medium tall.

Beyond that many had clusters not very full ranging from white (mostly) to pink or a hint of brown. Tardiva is a good example, good overall but not very full and not very pink. Tall. Other examples include Big Ben, Pink Diamond,
Pee Wee. Big Ben and Pink Diamon were very modestly pink.

Silver Dollar is very much like Limelight, but since Limelight is so much better in every respect I'd go for Limelight.

Phantom is the hydrangea of the future. It has the largest and fullest flower panacles that turn to a beautiful pink and then brown.
It is new. The Chicago Botanic Garden got its plants from Holland.
Two wholesalers are known to be carrying this plant for Spring 2008:
Mori Nursery in Ontario, Canada , as well as Klyn in
Ohio. My nursery in Illinois searched far and wide to locate me some plants.

This plant needs more coverage and more wholesalers.


Positive lmelling On Dec 4, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

From "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press). A large shrub with many long branches. The juvenile leaves are yellowish green. The panicles are large, like those of 'Grandiflora' consisting of mostly sterile florets, creamy white and turning to a good pink in early autumn.


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

Semmes, Alabama
Chicago, Illinois
Takoma Park, Maryland
Brevard, North Carolina
Richmond, Virginia

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