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Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea - 1 Gallon Pot

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Stawberry Sundae Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata ''Rensun' PP 25,438'

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

Special Attributes

If you love the looks of the award-winning Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea but don't have room for a larger plant, then say hello to its dwarf cousin: Strawberry Sundae! You'll get the same profusion of long-lasting, large, snow cone shape flower clusters that open creamy white and gradually fade to pink and strawberry-red, but on smaller plants that grow to only 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Flowering begins in mid-summer and continues well into fall. You'll see all colors on the plant simultaneously, which provides a stunning, colorful effect in your landscape.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in an upright rounded form 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, Strawberry Sundae makes an impressive specimen in smaller garden spaces. In larger spaces, it is spectacular in groupings or as a colorful low hedge. 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 pots, planters or other containers of 16 inches or more in diameter.

Spacing:  3 to 3.5' for solid hedges; 8' or more for space between plants

Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea is exceptionally easy to grow when planted right and in the right spot.  Almost any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility will do. It can take the heat at our location here in north-central Georgia, but is also exceptionally cold hardy, withstanding even the coldest winter temperatures as far north as USDA Zone 3a, where it will also tolerate full, all day sun. In zones 7 and 8 it will tolerate full sun however we've seen it perform and look its best with a little filtered sun or dappled shade during the hottest hours of summer afternoons. Too much shade and plants become floppy with diminished flowering. For best flowering, 5 hours of direct sunlight per day or all day lightly filtered sun is suggested. 

Note:  Strawberry Sundae 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 

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Hydrangeas.

Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 3a-8b  Find Your Zone  
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity: 3-4'
Spacing: 3-3.5' for solid hedges; 8'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Rounded, Upright
Flower Color:  White, fades to Pink and Red
Flower Size:  Large - up to 8 inches long
Flowering Period:  Summer thru 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
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 Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Sun

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