Paniculata 'Late Panicle', 'Pee Gee', 'Limelight'
Paniculata hydrangeas will grow and bloom in a wide
variety of climates (hardy to Zone 3!). Unlike
mopheads, they need several hours of sun to do well.
If your weather is too cold to grow the pink and
blue hydrangeas or if your landscape doesn't have
much shade, consider growing one of the many types
of paniculatas. North or south, we can all enjoy
them. Another desirable trait of all paniculatas is
their tolerance for pruning. One can prune them at
any time except when they begin forming bloom heads
in the summer. The paniculata is the ONLY hydrangea
that can be pruned into a tree form.The name "paniculata"
comes from the fact that many of the blooms are
panicle-shaped (somewhat cone shaped) rather than
ball-shaped. Many paniculata blooms develop a lovely
pink shade as the blooms age, extending their beauty
into the fall. Paniculatas often get very large.
8-10 feet tall and wide is not unusual. A beautiful
paniculata, and one of the most popular is
'Limelight' which can be grown in all parts of the
United States except those areas which receive no
The best known Hydrangea paniculata is PeeGee. This hydrangea gets its
nickname from its botanical name, H. paniculata 'Grandiflora'
(PG). Although PG refers only to the 'Grandiflora'
variety, many nurserymen have started referring to
all paniculatas as PeeGees.This shrub has white airy
flowers that can reach 10-12" in length in late
August. The flowers are a mixture of sterile and
fertile flowers which gives the flowers less density
and less likelihood to tip or droop. Flowers will
turn bronze in fall. These shrubs are fast growing
and are great for informal screens, specimen plants,
or for cut arrangements. Prune every year in the
fall after blooming, no more than 1/3 of the plant.
These plants look best when they are kept pruned to
keep them thick at the base. They are hardy. a
Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moist to Adaptable
Mature Form Round
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Part Shade - Partial Sun
Flower Color White
Fall Color Insignificant
Foliage Color Dark Green