Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry™
Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry™

Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry™

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Common Name: Panicle Hydrangea
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Mature Height: 6-7'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: TWO 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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Show Stopper

We purchased this strawberry vanilla tree and received it in April. We followed the instructions to a T. It is such a show stopper! Absolutely beautiful! Several blooms the first year!

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Dormant - snowing -within a month beautiful plants

The plants arrived dormant and made me wonder. When they arrived it was still snowing as it does in SE Idaho. I put the gallon pots up close to my house and crossed my fingers. I refused to put them in the house or garage. i did cover with towels at night until 2 weeks ago because it was still freezing hard at night. I can tell you that each of the 8 plants have now leafed out and growing beautifully. It has only been about 6 weeks but I am impressed on how healthy the plants are. I transplanted them to large containers last week and they are still growing like crazy. The plants are so healthy. I plan on putting them in the ground (after some landscaping). It is very hard to get things to grow in the high mountain desert that freezes at least 9 months of the year. Very cold, lots of snow, and now it is already over 90 degrees, the first week of June. There are vast difference in the temperatures here.
I will update as the plants grow, bloom, and emerge next spring.

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A spectacular show

I started planting these in 2014, and every year they've been bigger and better than the last. Hardier than my other hydrangea varieties over the harsh winters, this year these hydrangeas are huge and about 8' tall when they bloomed. After a heavy rain, the extra weight makes them bow over, which I found disappointing in previous years, but now I realize that is probably how they are meant to look when they reach significant size. I can't say enough about how stunning a display they make!

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Not structurally sound

I have had this in the ground for eight years. Some years I get the nice color change, some years not; I'm not really worried about it. Very nice cut flowers.

The problem though is that the blooms are so heavy that the stems can't carry their weight without bending. Except for the stems in the center of the plant that go straight upright. So I have this odd plant with some stems going straight upright and then all the lower ones bending down, with a big gap in between them.

I would not plant this again.

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Doing great

Purchased my vanilla strawberry hydrangea tree last spring. It bloomed right away after planting and there were a good 8-10 flowers that displayed the full spectrum of color white to burgundy during the growing season. Hoping it keeps growing and filling out. So far, very pleased.

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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.

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