Hydrangea 'Annabelle'



Super cold-hardy, especially for a hydrangea

Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

Discovered in an Anna, Illinois, garden, 'Annabelle' is perhaps the most popular old-fashioned flowering shrub grown in American gardens. Once established, it produces enormous, 12-inch, globe-shaped flowerheads of snowy white starting in early summer and increasing in size until mid to late summer—truly spectacular.

Growing to 4 feet high and wide, it is a splendid landscape plant that never gets out of bounds and complements every other color in the garden beautifully. It thrives in shade, but also tolerates heat and humidity. Very easy to grow once established, it is a lovely source of fresh and dried arrangements as well as a useful border, hedge, foundation, or accent planting. H. arborescens is a native species, far more cold-hardy than most other Hydrangea species.


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Genus Hydrangea
Species arborescens
Variety 'Annabelle'
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Start To End Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Compact
Plant Height 4 ft - 5 ft
Plant Width 3 ft - 5 ft
Bloom Size 12 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Long Bloomers, Free Bloomer, Flower, Heirloom, Butterfly Lovers, Repeat Bloomer, Fast Growing
Bloom Color White
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Specimen
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

June 27, 2017

Very Healthy

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I love Annabelle Hydrangeas, but find them expensive. I have been wanting to plant a hedge with them and needed to buy 12. I ordered and planted these last fall. I was a bit taken aback with how small the plant was when I received it. It is just a young plant. Nothing wrong with it. They looked great after planting and have at least tripled in size this year. I am very pleased with this purchase. I definitely recommend.

MB from IL
October 30, 2012

Super, Easy, Dependable, and Floriferous!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This hydrangea is easy to care for and has huge flowers (They get larger each year as the plant ages!) They are great as cut flowers and can even be dried. Unlike other hydrangeas they can be pruned anytime and always grow back beautifully. They maintain a great size. The white blooms of this adaptable shrub glow in the spring and summer garden. I have bought several over the years and am very happy. This is a must-have hydrangea!

Gardener Zone 6 from
April 21, 2012

Annabells-the best carefree show-stoppers ever!!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I planted 2 Annabells on the east side of my home where it is was very boring and plain. Even before they were fully established, my neighbors on the east were ranting and raving how beautiful they were and thanked me for their view! Awesome at cut flowers also. They keep for weeks.

Luann from WI

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