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Little Hottie® Hydrangea

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An extremely compact selection with great branching and sturdy stems; tight clusters of blooms are initially green, then open to creamy white, taking on pink hues in fall; large blooms and smaller stature make it an ideal choice for smaller landscapes

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Hydrangea
Species:
paniculata
Cultivar:
BAILPANONE
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from mid summer to late fall
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Bicolor:
cream
Flower Bud Color:
light green

Ornamental Features

Little Hottie® Hydrangea features bold conical white flowers with creamy white overtones at the ends of the branches from mid summer to late fall that fade to pink over time, which emerge from distinctive light green flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The textured pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Little Hottie® Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Little Hottie® Hydrangea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. To help this plant achive its best flowering performance, periodically apply a flower-boosting fertilizer from early spring through into the active growing season. 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 selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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