Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky®
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Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky®

Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky®

Quick Facts
Common Name: Panicle Hydrangea
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Mature Height: 6-8'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: ONE GALLON POT
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars (8 Reviews) Write a Review

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Beautiful shrub

The first 2 years there was hardly and growth, after that they really grew beautifully and there are lots of beautiful long lasting flowers. I don't remember exactly when I planted them, maybe 5 years ago, but they are now about 6 feet tall.

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I have one which is 4 years old now

I bought a Pinky Winky on a whim about 4 years ago. It looked interesting and not terribly expensive. It was a crazy fall so it sat in the pot it came in for a winter and I finally planted it in the spring on top of a rock wall that I was afraid might not support it well. It bloomed well but was small and not terribly interesting for a couple of years but it seems to have "caught" this year. It is now about 4 feet tall and as big around with blooms on virtually every branch. They are not as bright pink as the picture here but definitely pink with no help from me as to soil amendments. The stalks are strong and unaffected by rain or anything else. If I have any negative to say it does not have much of an underpinning so I think it best used at the back of a bed rather than as a specimen. I like it a lot and have planned a new bed around it since it is happy on my rock wall:-).

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Pinky Winky is everything I wanted plus some

I ordered this from White Flower Farm in September 2015 because it looked so pretty online. It has been quite a shock to me that last year and this year it looks even better in my flower garden. It needs little if any TLC and is beautiful to look at.

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Very small

It looked like twigs upon arrival. I planted in the fall and it has grown a bit, but the photo really makes you think you're going to get an actual plant, not a cutting.

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Awaiting in Anticipation!

Thanks to my income tax refund I was able to purchase 20 of these Pinky Winky beauties along with 20 green giant arborvitaes which I used a hedge between me and my neighbor.

I planted the Pinky Winky's forward 9' from the center space between the arborvitaes in a row. Thus making a "V" and then 9' apart from the next Pinky Winky - this should be one beautiful combo.

I can't wait for them to bloom and grow into 8 to 9ft hedges. What a beautiful plant.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: hye-dran'jee-uh 

Growing Hydrangea paniculata

Light/Watering: Most varieties thrive in full sun in the North, but in the South afternoon shade is required. Moist soils that do not dry out are best; do not plant in hot, dry, exposed sites. Mulch to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures. Avoid watering with overhead sprinklers to discourage fungal diseases.

Fertilizer/Soil & pH: Do not fertilize in the first growing season. Fertilizer is optional, once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15). An annual topdressing of compost is always beneficial. Soils should be moist but well drained, and rich in organic matter. Flower color is not affected by soil pH.

Pests/Diseases: None serious. Occasionally powdery mildew will infect the foliage, especially in humid areas with poor air circulation. Fungal leaf spots can occur, especially in fall when watered with overhead sprinklers, but they do not affect the overall health of the plant. Treat with Neem oil or horticultural oil, if the problem is serious, and be sure to rake up and destroy all fallen foliage in the autumn.

Pruning: Little pruning is needed, except to remove any dead or broken branches, and should be done only in winter and or early spring. Hydrangea paniculata blooms on new wood so avoid pruning in late spring and summer when flower buds are forming and getting ready to bloom. If desired, to rejuvenate an older plant, a third of the older and crossed branches can be cut back to encourage stronger branching with more numerous, although smaller, blossoms.

Tree form Hydrangea paniculata: Prune in late winter or early spring, removing lower suckers and up to half the older top growth.

Transplanting: Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring. Prune top growth after transplanting to reduce water loss.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: If desired, prune as indicated above. Feed plants (optional) with a fertilizer high in phosphorus (such as 15-30-15) to encourage blooms. Complete any transplanting before leaves unfurl.

Mid-Spring: Mulch plants after soil has warmed to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures. Watch for powdery mildew and treat as needed. Do not prune as doing so risks removing developing flower buds.

Summer: Do not prune in summer when flower buds form. Make sure to water well in dry weather and as flowers begin to develop. Lack of water at this time can cause blossoms to dry out prematurely and fail to develop color in varieties that display changing hues throughout the season.

Fall & End-of-Season Care: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that could harbor disease spores. Cover the ground with up to 3" of mulch; avoid piling mulch against the trunk of the plant. Enjoy the dried flower heads through the winter, cut some to display indoors or deadhead them in late fall if you prefer, but do no substantial pruning.

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