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Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea

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InvincibelleĀ® Ruby Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA2’)This unique selection features enormous ruby-red and silver-pink flower heads in mid summer, lasting for a very long time; best if treated like a perennial and pruned to a few inches from the ground in spring, blooms on new growth; somewhat coarse

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Hydrangea
Species:
arborescens
Cultivar:
NCHA3
Flower Color:
ruby
Flower Period:
from early to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Bicolor:
shell pink
Flower Bud Color:
burgundy

Ornamental Features

Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea features bold balls of ruby-red flowers with shell pink overtones at the ends of the branches from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive burgundy flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.

Planting & Growing

Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. However, you may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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