Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry™

Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry™

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Pointed bloomheads offer tons of texture and color
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Key Characteristics
Zone

4 - 9

Mature Height

7 Feet

Mature Width

5 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay

Description / Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry™

Enhance your landscape with the striking blooms of the Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata Renhy), a must-have flowering shrub that promises to bring a cascade of colors to any garden or flower bed. The journey of its large flower heads is a spectacle in itself, beginning as a soft pale green, transitioning to a creamy-white, and eventually maturing through shades of pink to a deep rosy-red. This panicle hydrangea blooms on new wood, ensuring a display of all these vibrant colors simultaneously at the peak of the season, thanks to continuous new bloom formation in mid- and late summer.

But the changing hues are just the beginning. The substantial flower trusses of the Strawberry Vanilla hydrangea are supported by bright red stems that elegantly arch as the season progresses towards autumn, giving the plant a unique weeping appearance. This transition from an upright to a cascading form adds a dynamic visual interest to your garden.

Thriving in full sun to afternoon shade, especially in the northern zones, and preferring a bit of part shade in the south, the Strawberry Vanilla hydrangea is as versatile as it is beautiful. It grows to a full size of 6 to 7 feet in height and width, making a statement whether planted as a standalone specimen, lined up for a hedge or windbreak, or nestled into a natural woodland scene. The key to its success lies in well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter, kept consistently moist to support its rapid growth and early blooming capability, often within the first year while still young.

Awarded the 2010 Plant of the Year, the Strawberry Vanilla hydrangea's resilience to heat and humidity, along with its preference for blooming on new wood, ensures its status as a garden favorite. It's a slower starter, awakening from dormancy in late spring to early summer, but its spectacular display and easy care make it well worth the wait. Ensure your soil is well-drained yet moist, and enrich it with organic matter to let this hydrangea reach its magnificent potential. With proper care, including planting in a location that offers afternoon shade in hotter climates, you will be rewarded with a lush, colorful, and dynamic flowering shrub season after season.

Discover how to grow Vanilla Strawberry hydrangeas in your own garden and enjoy the transformation of white flower buds to large, pink panicles, a testament to the beauty and versatility of this exceptional variety. Whether you're aiming for a tree form or a more traditional shrub appearance, the Strawberry Vanilla hydrangea will not disappoint, offering a breathtaking display from winter or early spring through the blooming season.

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.

Product Details

Genus Hydrangea
Species paniculata
Variety 'Renhy'
Plant Patent PP20670
Category Shrubs
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Cream, Green, Multi-Color, Pink, Rose, White
Bloom Season Start Mid Summer
Bloom Season End Early Fall
Foliage Color Medium Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Special Features Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Specimen
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Discount Exempt No

Customer Reviews

Rating
Gorgeous - and TALL
Review by Mel
I've had this hydrangea for several years and it's amazing. I'm almost 6' tall and it's well over my head. The more you water it the bigger the blooms will be. It also makes beautiful dried arrangements. A must have in your yard.
Rating
LOVELY
Review by Buggy
I've had my 'Nilla for 2 seasons, now, and I LOVE the beauty she adds to my side yard. She is just to the side of a large climbing rose of nearly the same pink that comes up near the point of "old" for these blooms, so they set off very nicely together. The flower heads are HUGE to me, and are wonderful with 2 in a vase along with a few roses or lilies. I plan on getting likely 2 more of this type (there are new cultivers of different colors I want to have, too!), one for the front yard and one for the back. I just hope my husband isn't too mad with me taking away more yard for the gardens. ;)

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