Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry™
Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry™

Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry™

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Panicle Hydrangea
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Height: 6-7'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: TWO GALLON POT
Shipping Details Shipment begins in late August 2015, depending on your zone. See shipping tab for details

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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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A viewer from Westfield, MA

I have had this spectacular beauty for 3 years. I love watching the beautiful cream flowers turn pink. Especially like it when the blooms are a mix of cream and pink/strawberry. In the fall I get a beautiful burgundy color. This year due to the fact the temperature couldn’t make up its mind I had crea, strawberry and burgundy all at the same time.

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brown, not pink

A viewer from Shepherdsville, KY

I have two of these. Both have been in the ground now for more then five years. I had hoped as they dug in and grew stronger they might bloom more as described. But year after year now, I've been disappointed. They bloom white. But the white soon begins to turn brown, from the bottom up. I never get the beautiful pink flush of color pictured and described. I am planning to take them down.

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Excellent choice

A viewer from Concord, NH

My strawberry vanilla is now 5 years old. It stands almost 6' high. It is my pride and joy. I get lots of compliments from my neighbors. Many ask to cut some of the flowers to take home.

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good and bad

Karen Osborn from Southern IL

We bought and planted this vanilla strawberry hydrangea a few years ago. It grows and grows and produces numerous blooms. The problem is they don't go to pink/red like in the photo, they go brown after the vanilla stage. Quite sad about that.

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Gorgeous Blooms and very hardy plant!

A viewer from Raleigh, NC

Wow, I'm amazed at how well my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has done! I planted it 6 or 7 years ago and basically haven't touched it since making sure to water it that first year. It really is 7+ feet tall and it gets covered in blooms that last all summer which is impressive! My other hydrangeas give up flowering by mid July but Vanilla Strawberry keeps going. Last spring I cut it back heavily because we were painting the house and needed the clearance to walk around it and it looks like nothing ever happened, it's right back to the same height. Mine doesn't have as vibrant a pink color as in the pictures however I haven't ever remembered to fertilize it which I'll try next spring to see if that changes the color!

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: hye-dran'jee-uh 

Growing H. paniculata

Light/Watering: Most varieties thrive in full sun in the North, but in the South require afternoon shade. 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.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15). Soils should be moist but well drained, and rich in organic matter.

Pests/Diseases: None serious. Occasionally powdery mildew will infect the foliage, especially in humid areas with poor air circulation. Treat with an appropriate fungicide if the problem is serious, and be sure to rake up and destroy all fallen foliage in the autumn.

Pruning: Little pruning is needed beyond removing any dead wood whenever seen. If desired, plants can be cut back as needed in early spring. Hydrangea paniculata blooms on new wood.

Tree form Hydrangea paniculata: Prune in 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.

End of Season Care: Rake up and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew or other fungi.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: If desired, prune as indicated above. Feed plants 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.

Summer: As soon as blooms fade, remove old flowering stems.

Fall: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew.

For more information on growing Hydrangeas, click here.


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