Panicle Hydrangea, Tree Hydrangea 'Phantom'

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: 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:

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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)

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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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:

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


Semmes, Alabama

Eustis, Florida

Boise, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois

Takoma Park, Maryland

Brevard, North Carolina

Richmond, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 pin... read more


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.