• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide, in natural form; prune to maintain topiary shape and size.
    Key Feature:
    Compact Flowering Shrub
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hy-DRAIN-juh pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh
    Plant type:Hydrangea, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide, in natural form; prune to maintain topiary shape and size.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThe compact size, with lush, large, dark green foliage that complements the show-stopping blooms is great for use as a focal plant for smaller foundation gardens. An ideal addition as a specimen plant to formal knot gardens paired with clipped boxwoods.
    Companion PlantsAstilbe (Astilbe); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Dogwood (Cornus); Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus); Viburnum (Viburnum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in organically rich, acidic to neutral, well-drained soils. Apply mulch to conserve soil moisture and protect in harsh winters. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish root system. Feed regularly during the growing season. Blooms on new wood; prune by 2/3 in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    A new Monrovia exclusive introduction for 2017, via Spring Meadow Nursery.
    Lore:
    Candy Apple is noteworthy for several distinctive features: the even more compact form (4 to 5 ft. tall and wide, as compared to Limelight's compact 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide), the strong, sturdy stems that do not flop, and the exquisite flower color backed by lush, dark green foliage. Flowers and foliage will both take on a rosy-red tinge in fall as temperatures drop, prior to dormancy. After the foliage has dropped, the dried blooms fade to a creamy-ecru color and will persist through winter.

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