Climbing Hydrangea

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The Hydrangea paniculata is a beautiful, ornamental flower that provides a real reward for putting effort into your garden. This deciduous shrub features clusters of pyramidal flowers that initially provide subtle shades of pink to your garden before turning into a deeper red as the year unfolds. This plant has distinctively large flower heads, and features arched branches that point towards the floor. The plant benefits from being pruned back in early spring to prevent excessive growth. When allowed to grow to its full size and height the Hydrangea paniculata can reach 4 metres in height and spread across 3 metres laterally.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3 - 7
Spread [m]
  • 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Upright
  • Tapering
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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Hydrangea paniculata Grandiflora

Climbing Hydrangea 'Grandiflora'

PLANTS Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'

The Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora', a bushy deciduous shrub, is a descendant of the Hydrangea arborescens. The grandiflora has large cone shaped clusters of cream coloured flowers that turn a pink colour with age. It's vigorous growing and so is well suited for the back of a flower bed. It can even be used to create a really unique and beautiful hedge if you're looking for something a bit more exciting than privet. You'll get better flower heads if you plant this one in the sun.