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Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea
Vanilla Strawberry has 8-inch full blooms that open creamy white then maturing to a rich strawberry-pink color. more details below!

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

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Vanilla Stawberry Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanilla Strawberry'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >  

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 3a, where this Hydrangea is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know that it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Vanilla Strawberry was discovered in France and is a relative of the classic PeeGee Hydrangea. It was named top plant by the American Nursery and Landscape Association and since has taken the gardening world by storm because of its 8-inch full blooms that open creamy white then maturing to a rich strawberry-pink color. You'll see both colors on the plant simultaneously, which provides a stunning, bicolor effect in your landscape. The flowers are held atop burgundish bronze stems that contrast nicely with the rich green leaves and the flowers.  

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in an upright rounded form 6-7 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide, Vanilla Strawberry makes an impressive shrub or tree form specimen all on its 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 pots, planters or other containers of 18 inches or more in diameter.

Spacing:  4' for solid hedges; 7'+ for space between plants

Vanilla Strawberry 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. Vanilla Strawberry can take the heat at our location here in north-central Georgia, but it's 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 the South, zones 7 and below, it will tolerate full sun, but we've seen it perform and look its best with some filtered sun or dappled shade during the hottest hours of summer afternoons. We recommend at least 5 hours of direct sunlight per day or all day lightly filtered sun for best flowering. Too much shade and plants become floppy with diminished flowering.

Note:  Vanilla Strawberry 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: 4a-8b  Find Your Zone >  
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  6-7'
Width at Maturity: 4-5'
Spacing: 4' for solide hedges; 7'+ for space bewteen plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Rounded, Upright
Flower Color:  White, turns to Strawberry Pink
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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