Hydrangea 'Annabelle' Description
Even gardeners in very cold climates can be successful with this old favorite 'Annabelle' hydrangea.
Although many of the blue or pink types of hydrangeas fail to bloom in the colder regions, you can count on durable smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) like 'Annabelle' to bloom every year..
'Annabelle' hydrangea was discovered in Anna, Illinois, in the 1960s and has been a garden favorite ever since. Though it usually flops over during summer storms, you can minimize it by growing it with at least half a days' sun and not pruning it all the way back to the ground. Once it has flopped, you can always cut the flowers to enjoy in a vase or try dry. NOTE: Newer hydrangeas like the Invincibelle® and Incrediball® series offer significant improvements over 'Annabelle', like strong stems that don't flop, colorful blooms, and reblooming ability, so if you dislike the fact that 'Annabelle' flops over every summer, try one of the improved varieties instead.
Special Features: Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Heat Tolerant, Long Blooming, Multi-Season Interest
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- Botanical Name:
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
- Common Name:
Smooth hydrangea, Annabelle hydrangea, native hydrangea, snowball hydrangea, wild sevenbark, hills of snow hydrangea
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- Height x Width:
4' x 5'
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Background, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Specimen
- Cannot Ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: None
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Soil: Average, well-drained soil is best. Shallow rooted hydrangeas benefit from 2-3" of mulch.
Light: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the North, but benefit from afternoon shade. In the South, plants require afternoon shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with consistent moisture. Intolerant of drought, with foliage tending to decline considerably in dry conditions
Water: Water to keep soil moist, but not wet. Spacing: 4 - 6 feet
Fertilizing: Fertilize once in spring with a granular rose fertilizer.
Winterizing: No special care required. Mulch is beneficial.
Maintenance & Pruning: Blooms on new wood, so can be pruned in the fall, winter, or spring. We recommend cutting back by just one-third the total height each year; do not cut back to the ground.
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