• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact, Bountiful Bloomer
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hy-DRAIN-juh ar-bo-RES-senz
    Plant type:Shrub, Hydrangea
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsAstilbe (Astilbe); Viburnum (Viburnum); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Dogwood (Cornus); Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in fertile, evenly moist, well-drained soil; tolerates more sun in cooler summer areas. Apply mulch to conserve soil moisture and protect in harsh winters. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish root system. Fertilize in early spring. Blooms best on new wood; prune in spring, just before new growth emerges.Pruning time: late winter to early spring; blooms best on new wood.
    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 to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Often called wild hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens is native to southern Missouri, and the popular 'Annabelle' is a very large, naturally occurring cultivar discovered in the wild near Anna, Illinois. This new plant is an improved, more compact form of 'Annabelle', botanically known as Hydrangea arborescens 'SMHAMWM', P.P.A.F. By way of Spring Meadow Nursery, this is a new and exclusive Monrovia introduction for 2016.

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