- Common Name(s):
- Panicle hydrangea, Peegee hydrangea
- 'Brussels Lace', 'Floribunda', 'Greenspire', 'Melody', 'Pee Wee', 'Tardiva', 'Unique', 'Grandiflora', 'Limelight' (more compact)
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Peegee hydrangea is most commonly a multi-trunked deciduous shrub but can also be trained to grow as a single trunk small tree. It is a very tough, dependable, rapidly growing, drought and air pollution tolerant plant. It is one of the most winter-hardy of the hydrangeas. It thrives in urban conditions. Showy white flowers appear from July-Septemeber when few other landscape plants are blooming and the large ovate leaves turn an attractive yellow color in the fall. It works well as a hedge or grouped in a woodland garden setting. It can be severely pruned in late winter or spring as it blooms on current season's growth. This very coarse textured plant can be challenging to use in most landscape designs.
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Fall, yellow Bloom: Summer, July-September
Insects, Diseses and Other Plant Problems: Aphids and mites occasionally visit but are rarely a problem. Some suseptability to leaf spot, rust, mildew, bud blight, and bacterial wilt. Is suseptable to damage by deer and has brittle stems that are easily wind damaged.
Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement
- 8-20 ft.
- Opposite, simple oval to ovate leaves; sometimes whorled; 3-6 in. long; dark green; green- to yellow-tinged fall color
- 6-8 in. pyramidal panicles of creamy white flowers in summer on new growth; fades to pinkish rose; fertile and sterile flowers
- Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained organically rich soil but does well in clay
- Upright, spreading; irregular; semi-arching branches; becomes straggly with age; can be grown as a small tree
- China, Japan
- Poison Part:
- Bark, leaves, flower buds.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, sweating.
- Toxic Principle:
- Hydrangin, a cyanogenic glycoside.
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as woody shrub; forest or natural area as native shrub.
- 6-8 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1576