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What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea

 

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'Annabelle' Hydrangea is famous for its huge, snow-white blooms and excellent cold hardiness. This shorter variety grows 3 - 5 ft tall and flowers reliably, even after severe winters and intentional pruning. Its enormous 10" blooms and ability to adapt to both cold and heat have made 'Annabelle' one of the most popular hydrangeas in the country. (Hydrangea arborescens)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Hedge / Screen
Hedge / Screen
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 36-60" tall (3-5 feet), 48-72" wide (4-6 feet)
Bloom Time Mid summer to fall
Size Plant - 4" pot
SKU 10FSHRUB

Plant Information

36-60” tall x 48-72” wide. A heavy bloomer with mass appeal, ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea illuminates the shade garden. Plants bloom for up to two months in June and July, with flower heads remaining attractive all summer and into the fall. Some gardeners enjoy a small repeat bloom in autumn. ‘Annabelle’ flowers are excellent for fresh-cut or dried arrangements. Large, dark green foliage accents the bright blooms in the garden. Plants flower on the current season’s growth, also called new wood. Pruning stems back to the ground in late winter encourages growth of strong new stems. ‘Annabelle’ grows in a rounded mound, making a shapely accent in the woodland garden. Also great for massing in mixed beds and perennial borders, or naturalizing in native plantings. ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea has no serious insect or disease problems.

About Hydrangeas

Hydrangea shrubs are native to the US and Asia and produce showy flowers throughout the summer season. There are many varieties available, each showcasing differing bloom colors, flower shapes, overall heights/spreads, levels of winter hardiness, and abilities to be grown in containers.

What does "Blooms on old/new wood" mean and what does that have to do with winter?

Some hydrangeas produce buds that will turn into flowers on old wood (also called "last year's growth"), while others produce blooms on new wood (aka "this year's growth") and still others will flower on both old and new wood. This detail is especially valuable for cold-climate gardeners who may be apt to lose some of their hydrangea branches to breakage from heavy snow and ice, or who may see developing buds killed off by late spring frosts.

For these gardeners, losing old growth branches and young buds could mean missing out on hydrangea flowers the following summer. Choosing a variety that blooms on new wood (or both types of growth) is extra insurance; it means that regardless of your winter and late-spring weather, you can still count on your shrub to produce flowers come summer.

Likewise, warm-climate gardeners who choose varieties that only bloom on new wood, will have to make it a point to prune their hydrangea shrubs in order to encourage new buds to form. A simple task for sure, but one that needs to be remembered.

What does "Bloom color depends on soil type" mean?

The color of most hydrangea blooms are directly tied to the mineral make up of your soil and its overall pH. To really see bold colors, you'll have the best results when planting in containers, which will allow you to create your preferred soil conditions at planting time. Although soil pH can be changed directly in the garden bed, it often takes more than one season to see results. The color of native Smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) cannot be changed.

Acid soils (with a pH below 7) produce purple-to-blue blooms, with the brightest blue blooms resulting from the most-acidic soils. To coax your hydrangeas into producing blue blooms, you can amend your soil with sulfur, or mulch your plants with a pine and/or cedar needle mulch.

Alkaline soils (with a pH above 7) produce pink blooms. The more alakaline (or sweet) your soil is, the deeper pink your blooms will be. This can be achieved by adding lime around your planting area. It is, however, more difficult to turn hydrangea blooms pink because as a general rule, most plants struggle to be healthy in soils with a pH above 7.


Hydrangea Types

Many hydrangeas today are available in a range of heights and bloom cycles, regardless of their overall type. For example, you can find Mopheads that bloom on new growth and Panicles that are container-friendly.

Mopheads: (Hydrangea macrophylla) The most well-known (yet least cold hardy) hydrangea, Mopheads are known for their oversized blooms that come in two flower types - Lacecaps and Pom-poms. Also known as "Bigleaf" hydrangeas, the foliage on Mopheads is quite enormous and delivers a lot of greenery to the garden.

Panicle: (Hydrangea paniculata) Huge, cone-shaped blooms and excellent cold hardiness are the hallmarks of the Panicle hydrangea. Their arching branches and plentiful blooms also tolerate more sun than other varieties.

Smooth/ Snowball: (Hydrangea arborescens) Also known as "Wild" Hydrangeas, these shrubs are native to the eastern US - and while their color cannot be altered by changing soil pH, their blooms tend to turn a pale green as fall approaches.

Mountain: (Hydrangea serrata) More compact than Mopheads and presenting dainty lacecap blooms and smaller leaves, these hydrangeas are native to the mountains of Korea and Japan where they're known as 'Tea of Heaven'. They're known for a slightly weeping shape and a long season of blooms.

Oakleafs: (Hydrangea quercifolia) Native to the eastern/southeastern US, Oakleafs have deeply-lobed foliage that changes color dramatically in autumn. Very cold hardy with showy, elongated blooms.

How to Choose the Right Hydrangeas

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10SHRUBG
10FSHRUB (Plant - 4" pot)
10SHRUB (Plant - 3.5" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Snowball Hydrangea Annabelle
Botanical Name Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color White
Flower Size 8-12" flowers
Mature Height 36-60" tall (3-5 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 48-72" wide (4-6 feet)
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Mid summer to fall
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Dark green shrub that produces 3-8" long serrated leaves.
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Rabbit Resistant, Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Blooms, Winter Interest, Dried Flowers, Hedge / Screen
Additional Information Blooms on new growth.
Awards Award of Garden Merit.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Toxic to dogs, cats and horses.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsAnnabelle Snowball Hydrangea
 
3.0

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1.0

I received a stick.

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from AZ

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Small In Size
  • Unattractive

Best Uses

    Comments about American Meadows Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea:

    A stick. No leaves, no buds, NOTHING. If it lives I will be surprised.

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    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Bought a Dozen - Not a Single Plant Survived the Winter

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    from Chicago, IL

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      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea:

        Keep in mind that these are 3.5" pots...nothing at all like the photos and it will be a LONG time before they look like the photo. I bought a dozen and when they arrived, I had to call because they were so small I couldn't find two of them in the box. Once planted (taking all necessary care), they were tended to over the summer with dreams of billowy white flowers blooming in my yard in a few years. This spring, not a single plant is alive. I'm not a fan of big box stores, but they have these at half the price and are multiple times larger to begin with plus a one-year warranty. I like American Meadows but given the cost of the plant, cost of delivery and the size that you get, these just aren't worth it...not to mention that they were so small they couldn't survive a Chicago winter.

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        5.0

        No flowers yet

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        from Longview, Tx

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            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea:

            Pretty leaves but must be careful not to water and let sun shine on it before it dries. It makes the leaves brown on the edges.

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            5.0

            Annabella's are great.

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            from Minnesota

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            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy

            Cons

            • NO Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors
            • Patio

            Comments about American Meadows Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea:

            Using mine to hide ugly pipes.

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            • Personal

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            1.0

            Annabelle

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            from Seattle, WA

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              • After Arrival
              • It Died In Several Days
              • It Was A Tiny Stick

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                Comments about American Meadows Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea:

                it was a little stick and died in several days after arrival. I went to a local nursery and bought an established plant, which obviously cost more, but it was worth it.

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                5.0

                Beautiful, Healthy Hydrangea Annabelle

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                from Rome, GA

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                Comments about American Meadows Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea:

                Planted hydrangea in a new flower bed, and it has grown and performed beautifully. Looking forward to how it performs next year.

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                (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Hydrangea makes a Statement

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                from LAKELAND, FLORIDA

                Pros

                • Center Piece Or Backdrop
                • Easy To Grow And Tame
                • Fast Growing And Lush
                • Long lasting blooms
                • Loves Sun Or Shade

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Can Be Trimmed To Suit
                  • Easy To Clip And Re-pot
                  • Fills In Bare Spots

                  Comments about American Meadows Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea:

                  I HAVE ONE IN THE FRONT GARDEN AS AN ACCENT AND SHOW PIECE. THERE ARE TWO IN THE BACK GARDEN TO SURROUND THE A/C UNIT. SINCE THEY LOVE VENTILATION, THIS IS GOOD FOR ME AND THE PLANT. IT GROWS LUSH AND HAS LARGE DARK GREEN LEAVES. GREW FROM A 4 INCH HIGH PLANT TO 2 FEET TALL IN TWO MONTHS. HEALTHY PLANTS! EASY TO FERTILIZE AND IN-EXPENSIVE SULFUR IS THE BEST. E-MAILED QUESTION AND WAS ANSWERED RIGHT AWAY. SO HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY!!!

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                  (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Didn't do anything!

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                  from Dove Creek CO

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                    • Died
                    • Ordered Twice Both Died

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                      Comments about American Meadows Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea:

                      Plants arrived in separate shipments. Both seemed healthy. Planted them in recommended area per instructions. Both plants started to die back immediately.

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