Quick Fire Hardy Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
If your weather is too cold to support the pink and blue hydrangeas or if your landscape doesn't have much shade, consider growing one of the many types of paniculatas. North or south, we can all enjoy them. Another desirable trait of all paniculatas is their tolerance for pruning. One can prune them at any time except when they begin forming bloom heads in the summer.
The name "paniculata" comes from the fact that the blooms are usually panicle-shaped (somewhat cone shaped) rather than ball-shaped. Many paniculata blooms develop a lovely pink shade as the blooms age, extending their beauty into the fall. Paniculata's often get very large. 8-10 feet tall and wide is not unusual.
The first to bloom! Quick Fire blooms about a month before other Hydrangea paniculata (hardy hydrangea) varieties. Extend the hydrangea season in your garden with a planting of Hydrangea Quick Fire. The flowers turn pink very quickly, and will be an extremely dark rosy-pink in the fall. Quick and easy to grow.
The flowers on Quick Fire are not affected by soil pH. They are produced on 'new wood' and will bloom after even the harshest winters. Beautiful for use as a cut (fresh or dried) flower. Plant with Little Lamb and Limelight for months of hydrangea flowers.
Their mature hight is 5-6 ft and 5-6 ft wide, can be kept somewhat compact and pruned in late fall or early spring since they bloom on new wood.