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Phantom Hydrangea

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Phantom Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’)A bold and audacious shrub that produces endless reams of massive and dense conical flower clusters at the ends of the branches, probably the fullest flower heads of the panicle hydrangeas; a rather coarse shrub, benefits from a regular pruning

Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Phantom Hydrangea features bold conical white flowers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to late fall that fade to pink 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

Phantom 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

Phantom 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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