Panicle Hydrangea, Tree Hydrangea 'Tardiva'

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: Tardiva
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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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:

Pale Green

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood 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:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Middletown, Connecticut

Cordele, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Barrington, Illinois

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Litchfield, Illinois

Franklin, Massachusetts

Lansing, Michigan

Stephenson, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Washington, Missouri

Brooklyn, New York

Jefferson, New York

Southold, New York

High Point, North Carolina

Fort Jennings, Ohio

Marietta, Ohio

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Bristol, Rhode Island

North Augusta, South Carolina

Sevierville, Tennessee

South Jordan, Utah

Lexington, Virginia

Menasha, Wisconsin

Oneida, Wisconsin

Waterford, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 21, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This started being sold somewhat commonly in the Chicago area in the 1980's. It is reliable and it bears flower pyramidal flower clusters of fertile and sterile flowers; the lacecap idea, which is the normal hydrangea flower inflorescence rather than the mophead cluster of all sterile flowers. These clusters stay upright and don't fall all over the place as many large flowered cultivars. It blooms a little later than most other hydrangeas in late August and September, thus the name from tardy. It stays a basically neat, clean plant and is easy to prune in late winter to mid-spring.


On Aug 27, 2010, Jrallo from Bolingbrook, IL wrote:

I have tried to kill this thing, being a novice when doing so, i simply cut it down to the ground. our builder put it in with the landscape pkg that came with the house. i have the largest most beautiful blooming one of all the houses in the subdivision that also had this in their landscape pkg. probably because of my agressive misguided pruning. it sets large blooms in summer that stay attractive all winter. it gets full sun (morning thru evening- southern exposure). no problems aside from it is a haven for hundreds of bees - and some weird large gnat-looking thing, none of which seem to be aggressive. it's placed next to a gate and walkway and we have yet to be stung by irritated bees. Every spring I cut it down now to about 2ft. and by summer it's over 6ft. tall. I plan to move ... read more


On May 28, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have a very shady spot where I put this hydrangea. This will be the third summer, and it has yet to bloom, although it has finally started to get larger. I had the same problem with 'Endless Summer' -- I was almost ready to dig it up when it really took off. So I'm hoping this will do the same.
Update - this did bloom in 2011. The shrub is not full to the ground, probably because it is in too much shade, but it is getting fairly large. I've pruned it into more of a tree, and I think it will be just fine.


On Apr 8, 2008, janecarol2 from Fort Jennings, OH wrote:

I've had it 3 years now, pruned to a standard. Placed it next to my house, surrounded by sidewalk. When I bought it it had huge blooms. It doesn't grow, and the blooms are tiny.


On Aug 22, 2006, revere51 from Middleton, MA wrote:

Planted last year along with Limelight and it's growing beautfully with an abundant of blooms


On Jun 26, 2006, beaut from Franklin, MA wrote:

I have it growing in shade under oaks and maples. It seems tolerant of drought once established. It was rather sparse until I tipped each branch back one year. The next year it was much fuller and has bloomed well ever since.


On Jun 3, 2006, marclay from markleysburg, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Bought one at a sale-half off and it has grown beautifully . Hasnt flowered yet . Looking to buy another to use as side plant entrance to my garden


On Dec 2, 2005, bigcityal from Appleton, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have not had any problems with this shrub. It is very nice!


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

Information from both "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004) and "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press).

This shrub grows up to 10 feet. The panicles appear late in the summer, and the flowering period can go well into October and possibly beyond in the right climate (Nantucket is suggested). There are a mixture of fertile and sterile flowers in the panicles, but the sepals are not tightly packed, giving an 'airy' impression. Depending on weather condition (cooler), the sepals turn pinkish. This selection has gained momentum in the nursery and landscape trades.

Van Gelderen says that the origin of 'Tardiva' is uncertain. According to one source (Bean 1991), it is a French introduction. Van Geld... read more


On Jan 20, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This cultivar has flowers similar to the more familiar Floribunda, but they develop later in the season. It can be trained as a standard or allowed to grow as a multi-stemmed shrub.