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Pee Gee Hydrangea

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A popular, almost ubiquitous medium-sized shrub valued for its cone-shaped panicles of white flowers in mid to late summer, blooms well in shade; somewhat coarse in appearance, regular pruning recommended, needs slightly acid well-drained soil

Characteristics

Species:
paniculata
Other Species Names:
P.G. Hydrangea
Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Genus:
Hydrangea
Cultivar:
Grandiflora
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from mid summer to late fall
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Pee Gee Hydrangea features bold conical white flowers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to late fall that fade to rose over time. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Pee Gee Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Pee Gee Hydrangea will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. 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 selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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