Panicle Hydrangea, Tree Hydrangea 'Vanilla Strawberry'

Hydrangea paniculata

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



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Marietta, Georgia

Marshall, Illinois

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

Concrete, Washington

Burlington, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 17, 2016, farrar62441 from Marshall, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

still waiting for it to be beautiful like this picture....starts out great...lots of stems...lots of blooms...blooms white and perfect ...then it starts to flop and barely have hints of pink before turning brown....hoping it is its age...just a bit over a yr. old...and in direct sun almost all maybe too much got lots of rain in the spring but maybe not enough watering this summer....will try for next year....not giving up...just didn't realize it flopped so easily....


On Sep 5, 2016, Moira_French from Marietta, GA wrote:

In Zone 7A (NW Atlanta) I planted two of these about 7 years ago in afternoon sun. Every year, the blooms start out white and turn brown without any pink in between. This year for the first time, I've seen a hint of pink, but just a hint and I doubt it will amount to anything. Further down the hill in a spot that gets afternoon shade, I've put a pinky winky pannicle hydrangea which is absolutely stunning. I just don't know what it takes for a Strawberry Vanilla to get the beautiful colors you see in photos.


On Mar 15, 2016, smcatl from Atlanta, GA wrote:

We've had our in the ground for two years now. It's been sturdy and has even handled a bit of drought. It blooms for a couple of weeks every year, but we haven't seen a hint of pink yet. It's planted in part sun, with spotty morning shade, full shade at noon, and late afternoon sun.


On Aug 7, 2015, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

Not sure whether or not to give this a positive. I have a Fire and Ice panicula that develops into an off dusty pinkish/brownish/reddish color rather than the far more red color shown on line and in pictures. After perusing several different internet sites and seeing a variety of pictures from personal owners, I purchased two vanilla strawberry panicula hoping to get the beautiful, girlie, fresh pink and white blooms ("that bloom ALL summer!") seen in every single picture. The fresh pink lasted about a week before picking up the same dusky, off-color shade. Before more buds opened to white, the gentle pinks were already becoming off with some of them getting brown flowers. They are floppy but I just tied twine around them without staking and it seems to keep the blooms off the ground ... read more


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?