Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' Tree Form
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Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' Tree Form

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Common Name: Panicle Hydrangea
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jul-Sep
Mature Height: 6-8' Spacing: 6-8'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: BAREROOT 30-36"
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The giant, densely packed, conical blooms of the award-winning 'Phantom' Hydrangea paniculata measure up to 15”, and they’re held upright on strong stems that prevent flopping. The flowers emerge creamy white, turn to sweet pink as summer evolves, then become dark pink for fall. We’re pleased to offer the hard-to-find tree form of this showstopper. Use these structural specimens to add height and interest to a mixed border, surround a patio with elevated blooms, or as focal points in the landscape. The blooms can be cut, fresh or dried, for bouquets.

Hydrangea is a valuable genus of some 100 species of shrubs and vines grown for their large and very showy flower heads. Hydrangeas are at their best in summer and fall—a quiet time for most woody plants—and are worth having for that reason alone.

For more information on Hydrangea care, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 Reviews) Write a Review

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Going into third summer 2023

I initially planted my Phantom tree hydrangea in a huge pot in a part of small bed receiving mostly afternoon sun and periods of significant shade cast by my house; it did great and the blooms turned brickish pink at the end of the season. I transplanted it in the fall into a section of my tiny lawn where there is more direct sun in summer of 2022, and the blossoms didn't change as dramatically, but definitely didn't remain white. It dropped its leaves much earlier in the fall than any other hydrangea in my neighborhood and I thought it might have died. But this spring, back it came, and it is full of gorgeous foliage right now. I am wondering if the amount of direct sun has anything to do with how well the reddish pigments manifest in the flowers when they mature? (Meanwhile, my indoor hydrangea, which spends summers on my front porch, bloomed white as always but later flowers turned beautiful shades of brick and pink from the end of summer through the winter. I had used a hydrangea formula food early in the season for each; could that have made them ruddy??

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Phantom Hydrangea

Purchased two phantom hydrangea trees in early spring 2021. Planted exactly as instructions said. They bloomed beautifully. They did not change to pink. They started as white and slowly faded to green. They received full sun in zone 6. They are coming back again this spring and I look forward to seeing how they do again.

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Pretty but it flops

Like the other reviewer, neither of my ‘Phantom’ turn pink after the white blossom fade. The worst part is, the trees are beautiful with huge blossoms … until a summer shower turns them into “weeping” trees. Despite the WF description, the stems are not sturdy and the heavy flowers flop badly after it rains. No matter how you prune them in early spring, they’ll flop. Tried to brace the limbs and tie them back up. No go. Turns into a droopy tree. Too bad. Had I known probably would not have gotten this particular variety.

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Pretty but not Pink

We purchased two of these phantom trees and placed on each side of the front porch. We did exactly as the instructions suggested for planting. They grew and bloomed well. Many blooms that started as white, slowly turning to a faint green and then beginning to brown as the season changes in September. We have not experience the pink flowers unfortunately. I would have given this review 4 stars if we had.

I will say that everything we purchased from White Flower Farm has bloomed well. We also got the strawberry vanilla hydrangea tree and several Annabelles and they turned out beautiful!

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: hye-dran'jee-uh  

Planting: When you're ready to plant your bareroot tree, fill a 5-gallon bucket, or equivalent container, with water to soak the roots of your plants for an hour or so before they go in the ground or into a container. Unwrap your plant, remove the packing material, and place its roots in the water.

If planting in the ground, dig a hole wide and deep enough to accommodate the roots. Remove your tree from the water and plant the crown at the depth indicated on the plant label, arranging the roots evenly inside the hole. Holding the crown of the plant, push the soil into the hole, working soil around the roots. Firm the soil around the crown, pressing down with both hands. Water thoroughly to settle the soil.

If planting in a container, choose one that is 10-12" in diameter and use good-quality potting soil. Place the container outdoors for the growing season. Plants in containers dry out more quickly than plants in the ground, so it’s important to water your plants regularly.

To keep your tree standing, put it out of reach of strong winds and support it with a stake that has a diameter at least as large as the stem’s diameter and long enough that when pushed into the soil it reaches inside the head of the tree. Fasten the standard to the stake at several points with garden twine or green plastic tie tape looped in a figure eight around the stem and stake. Check the ties periodically during the growing season. Loosen them if they constrict the outward growth of the stem.

Pruning, Fertilizing, and Repotting: Maintain the shape of the head with selective pinching of the new shoots in early spring. Pinch each shoot between thumb and forefinger or cut with pruning shears. Do not shear the plant as though it were a hedge. If shoots appear on the trunk of your tree, simply twist off the shoots at the base where they join the trunk.

Fertilize tree forms grown in pots as you would other pot-grown plants by using a balanced, time-release fertilizer.

If you find that your tree in a container starts to dry out quickly after watering, the plant probably needs a larger pot. Lift it from its current pot, make four deep vertical cuts in the root ball, and place it in a new pot that is 2" wider and taller than the old one, filling in around the root ball with fresh potting mix. Water thoroughly after repotting.

Wintering Over in Containers: In colder climates (Zones 4, 5, and 6), you can overwinter plants in their containers by storing them in a sheltered, unheated area, such as a garage or shed, where temperatures range between 25 and 40°F. Check the potting mix occasionally for moisture, and water as needed. In warmer climates where freeze-thaw cycles occur, store plants on a protected porch. Where freezing is not a concern, plants can remain outdoors in containers and enjoyed year round.

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