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Native alternative(s) for Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora':
Hydrangea arborescens Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Hydrangea cinerea 'Annabelle' Flower - Summer - Buncombe Co., NC
Hydrangea quercifolia Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'
Hydrangea radiata Flowers
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Hydrangea paniculata Flower Form
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' PP #12874 Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea arborescens 'Haas' Halo' Hydrangea arborescens 'Haas' Halo'
Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' has some common insect problems:
Aphids on Ornamental Landscape Plants
Twospotted Spider Mites on Landscape Plants
Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' has some other problems:
Wind Damage
White-Tailed Deer

Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
hy-DRAN-jee-uh pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh
Description

'Grandiflora' is a cultivar of the panicle hydrangea is a perennial, woody, deciduous shrub or small tree in the Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea) family.  The parent plant is native to eastern and southern China, Japan, and Sakhalin and Kuril Islands. The name hydrangea is derived from Greek and Latin and taken to mean water vessel, in reference to the "cup-like form of the seed-capsule."

'Grandiflora' is easy to grown and reaches a mature size of 10 to 20 feet tall and wide.  This hydrangea is more tolerant of full sun than other hydrangea species but prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. Plant it in neutral to acidic soil with good drainage. It can be severely pruned in late winter or spring as it blooms on the current season's new growth, not on the woody stems formed during the previous year. The plant is shallow rooted and will benefit from a layer of mulch. 

The showy white conical blossoms appear from July to September when few other landscape plants are blooming. The large ovate leaves turn an attractive yellow color in the fall. 

This shrub is winter hardy, tolerates, heat, humidity, salt, and thrives in urban conditions. Consider 'Grandiflora' for an Asian or butterfly themed garden. Or plant it in a cottage, courtyard, or in a shaded woodland garden. Planted in groups it works well as a border or hedge but is also delightful as a single specimen. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • opposite serrate leaves, whorled at branch tips
  • large, cone-shaped inflorescence
  • stout stem, reddish-brown streaked with gray

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Aphids and mites occasionally visit but are rarely a problem. Some susceptibility to leaf spot, rust, mildew, bud blight, and bacterial wilt. It is susceptible to damage by deer and has brittle stems that are easily wind damaged.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#heat tolerant#specimen#white flowers#easy to grow#deciduous shrub#salt tolerant#shade garden#cottage garden#mass planting#air pollution tolerant#long-lasting flowers#deer browsing plant#large flowers#fantz#flowers mid-summer#dried arrangements#flowers late summer#border back#urban conditions tolerant#small group plantings#butterfly friendly#flowers early fall#wind damage prone#woodland garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hydrangea
    Species:
    paniculata
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Dry capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    6-8 inch long cone-shaped panicles of many creamy white mostly sterile flowers that may become pink-tinged. Blooms mid-summer to fall. Individual flowers have 4 petals. Can reach 12-18" long, 6-12" wide at base. White changing to purplish pink, almost all are sterile, yellowish white, showy, each with 4-5 normally toothed sepals, strong scent.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    3-6 inch long and 1-3 inch wide oval to ovate medium green leaves have serrated margins. They are whorled towards the leaf tip. Undersides have hairs. Opposite, whorled at branch tips, simple, 3-6" long, half as wide, ovate or elliptical, serrate margins, acuminate tip, dark green and slightly pubescent above, bristly on veins below, 1" long petiole.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Shredding
    Bark Description:
    Gray-brown bark shreds when mature
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stout stems are reddish-brown with gray streaks, older bark often peels. Buds imbricate, globose, brownish in color, sometimes twisted looking.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Humidity
    Pollution
    Salt
    Urban Conditions