Hydrangea Quick Fire Fab® Panicle Hydrangea

Hydrangea Quick Fire Fab® Panicle Hydrangea
Hydrangea Quick Fire Fab® Panicle Hydrangea

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Early blooming for extra weeks of big, showy, color-changing mopheads
SKU 44140
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Key Characteristics

3 - 9

Mature Height

8 Feet

Mature Width

6 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Hydrangea Quick Fire Fab® Panicle Hydrangea

A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrub, Hydrangea Quick Fire Fab® is a tall shrub that grows between 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. One of the first panicle hydrangeas to bloom, Quick Fire Fab sets big, full mopheads on new wood beginning in early summer, adding at least 2 extra weeks to the seasonal display. Freely blooming, the pyramidal flowerheads have unusual x-shaped flowers that give them a unique textural appearance. They continually change color as the season progresses, emerging white, blushing pink from the bottom up as they age, and eventually turning bright pink before finishing in shades of red. Borne on strong, sturdy stems, the billowy multihued blooms stand erect on the shrub but also make stunning cut flowers for summer bouquets and mixed flower arrangements, fresh or dried. Left in the garden, the blooms last into fall, turning tan to caramel, adding textural interest to the garden throughout winter.

A Hydrangea paniculata, commonly called panicle hydrangea, Quick Fire Fab is a deciduous shrub with an upright habit and vigorous growth. It's a supreme specimen, bed, border, or foundation plant, but it creates a truly striking flowering hedge or summer privacy screen for a patio. And it can even be grown in a large container.

Tough, reliable plants, panicle hydrangeas have an easy-going nature that makes them a pleasure to grow. They are cold hardy and more sun, heat, and drought tolerant than other hydrangeas. Quick Fire Fab grows best in a sunny to partly sunny location. Morning sun with afternoon shade typically works well, especially in the South. The shrub can be pruned after going dormant in fall, but if left until early spring, the hollow stems will provide bees a nesting habitat. Fertilize in early spring as soon as the ground begins to thaw and continue monthly through July if desired.

Discover tips to ensure your hydrangeas thrive, from soil preparation to pruning techniques, by following our expert advice on the Hydrangea Planting and General Care Guide and the How to Prune Hydrangea Plants blog.

Photo courtesy of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Shrubs

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Hydrangea
Species paniculata
Variety 'SMNHPM'
Plant Patent PP32,513
Product Classification Shrubs
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Late Fall
Foliage Color Medium Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
Special Features Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Specimen
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions none
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