Panicle Hydrangea 'Quick Fire'


Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Cultivar: Quick Fire
Additional cultivar information:(PP16812, aka Bulk, Quick Fire)
Hybridized by Bulk
Registered or introduced: 2005
Synonym:Hydrangea paniculata
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Elgin, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Atalissa, Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Russell, Kentucky

Brookline, Massachusetts

Milton, Massachusetts

Brooklyn, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Spring Lake, Michigan

Trout Creek, Michigan

Andover, Minnesota

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Hopkins, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sallis, Mississippi

Plainsboro, New Jersey

Angola, New York

Clifton Park, New York

Hamburg, New York

Southold, New York

Mansfield, Ohio

Rufus, Oregon

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Toone, Tennessee

Lexington, Virginia

Bellingham, Washington

Buckley, Washington

Waukesha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 18, 2016, mikeearl from Eden Prairie, MN wrote:

My mom has been growing Quick Fire for more than 10 years with great success. Her Quick Fire that receives morning sun is now quite large: around 5 feet high by 5 feet wide.

We are in Zone 4b here in the Twin Cities. Last fall, I took two small cuttings from her Quick Fire and rooted them in sand. One year later (today), those cuttings are each now about 18 inches tall and looking very healthy.

One particular trait we have loved in my mom's Quick Fire is the plants are not flopping over. They remain beautifully upright throughout the entire growing season, giving them a tidy look all year. While the "lacecap" look of Quick Fire blooms may not be quite as attractive as the traditional rounded flowers of the bigleaf hydrangeas, we still think Quick Fire has a w... read more


On Aug 15, 2015, rosada from Cedar Falls, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

Quick fire is best pruned in "early spring". Flowers beautifully and since it blooms on the "current" new growth [not last years wood] ... it is definitely best pruned in early spring.

I take out at least 1/3 in early spring before leafing out out and it rebounds with a vengeance ..... loves being pruned!!

After the flowers turn from white to bright pink be sure the soil doesn't dry out to delay the pink from fading to peachy tan.


On Jun 7, 2015, SpringwoodGrdns from Penn Hills, PA wrote:

Excellent medium-sized panicle hydrangea that begins blooming in late May, much earlier than most of its cousins. Bought mine as a 3-gallon in late 2009 and its now reached its advertised mature height. Blooms start cream/white and quickly turn hot pink/magenta and then fade to a more rosy color.

Fair warning, however: Do NOT, NOT, NOT prune/trim this any time after September. If you do you risk programming it not to bloom the following season. Follow this rule and you will be rewarded.


On Feb 1, 2014, acerjap from Brookline, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Observed this 'Bulk' paniculata, label said, hydrangea on
12 degree snowy day, Mt Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Ma.
Multiple, delicate, cream colored (dried) flower heads all dangling upside down and blowing in the snowy breeze.
Exquisitely beautiful.


On Oct 14, 2012, KariGrows from New Lisbon, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I usually push the zones and so have a Quickfire in my zone 4 garden, under some lilacs. It receives morning sun and the rest of the day is shaded. I have had it two years and am thrilled with the flowering capacity! Its beautiful and in the time I have had it , it went from a small one foot "stick" to a full bush of about 3.5 x 3 feet. I only wish I had more! I am going to post a photo.


On Aug 23, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I think this is my favorite hydrangea. I planted it last fall, and it has grown and bloomed wonderfully all summer. The flowers start out as bright white and then start to change to pink. As the summer goes on, the pink slowly gets darker. The blooms are lacy and plentiful, and I also really like the reddish stems. This is just a really attractive flowering shrub.
Update summer 2013: Love, Love, Love this hydrangea. As of July 30 it has already been blooming for almost a month, and the blossoms are just starting to change from white to pink. And the flowers are fragrant! Another update: as of the end of September, the flowers are a sort of deep rose pink. So this is going on almost three months of bloom with no sign of decline yet.


On Jun 14, 2007, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

received 'Quickfire' as a tiny baby, BEFORE it was commercially available. This will be the first year with any significant blooms - can't wait!
edited to add: as you might guess from all my photos, I'm loving the nearly brick-pink color these panicles are developing.
More (2015): This lovely hydrangea gets big! Also it has a fantastic fragrance which fills the front yard all summer. I'm not sure of its full size because I keep pruning it (chopping it down).