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Phantom Hydrangea
The Phantom Hydrangea is most noted for its enormous, conical shaped flower clusters of up to 15 inches in length. The flowers start ivory and progress to white with pinkish tips and are held open very sturdy stems that don't flop! Get all the details below.

Phantom Hydrangea

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Phantom Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-8a  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

The Phantom Hydrangea is most noted for its enormous, conical shaped flower clusters of up to 15 inches in length. The flowers start ivory and progress to white with pinkish tips and are held open very sturdy stems that don't flop! A truly magnificent pee gee type Hydrangea that deserves a spot in every garden where it will grow (USDA Zones 3a-8a).




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing quite large to 8-10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide, Phantom makes an impressive shrub or tree form specimen all on it's own. That said, groupings and hedges of this cultivar are even more spectacular. Also a nice addition to mixed flowering shrub borders, as an accent in home foundation plantings, as a background in perennial gardens, and in large containers.

Spacing: 5' for solid hedges; 10'+ for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Phantom Hydrangea is easy to grow in average, moist, well-drained soil. It can take the heat in the South but is also exceptionally cold hardy, withstanding even the coldest winter temperatures in the North. In the South, it's best to plant in a location that provides some filtered sun or shade in the hottest part of summer afternoons. For best blooming give it at least 6 hours of sun a day.  

Note:  Phantom is a Hydrangea paniculata species that produces its flowers from buds that are formed on "new wood" (the current season's growth). This means you don't want to prune them in late spring or summer when they're preparing to bloom. 

For proper pruning time and techniques on various types of Hydrangea see:  How To Prune Various Types Of Hydrangea 




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Plant Details 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-8a  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  8-10'
Width at Maturity: 6-8'
Spacing: 4-5' for solid hedges; 10'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Rounded, Upright
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Large - up to 15 inches long!
Flowering Period:  Summer into Fall
Flower Type:  Single in large clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Sun or Part Shade (filetered sun or shade in the afternoon in the South)
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Moderately Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Cold, Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Sun



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