Hydrangea Annabelle has always been the most popular in this group. But this new entry is gaining. Incredi-Ball is well named. The flower heads are huge--up to a full foot across. They open lime green, then turn snow white, and are on the shrub for months. But the big news here is the stems--they're strong, so the huge flowers don't weigh down the branches as Annabelle's do. A great new hybrid.
About Hydrangeas: These popular shrubs, also called Hortensia, all have rounded flower clusters that persist through summer and fall. There are several types, since there are several species of the plant the hybridizers work with:
H. macrophylla or French Hydrangeas. These, the most popular, form non-rangy, attractive shrubs about 4 to 5 ft. tall, and are famed for their big, colorful ball-like flowers, usually blue or pink. The popular group here is called Mophead hydrangeas. Artificially shortened versions are sold in pots on Easter and Mothers Day, and the blooms are florists favorites, always popular for wedding decorations. In addition to the mopheads (solid ball of flowers), there are also lacecap versions of these hydrangeas. (H. macrophylla is native to the Far East.)
H. arborescens, a US native, includes the widely-planted, Annabelle. Much like the Mopheads, Annabelle is a shorter hydrangea with huge rounded flower clusters in pure white. This is the one famous for flowers so large they often weigh down the branches, needing special support.
H. paniculata, is a larger species, much taller than the Mopheads. The flower clusters are more cone-shaped, rather than round. The plant in this group is more rangy than the shorter types, but can be controlled by pruning. The famous Pee Gee hydrangea, often grown as a small tree is in this group, and was imported from Japan in the late 19th century. There are also newer H. paniculata hybrids, including the beautiful greenish-flowered one called Limelight.
Other Types: There are several other important hydrangeas. The tall native Oakleaf hydrangea (sometimes considered a small tree) is also a variety of the species, H. paniculata.
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|Item Package Size|
Plant - 4" Pot
Incrediball® Snowball Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens Incrediball®
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
48-60" tall (4-5 feet)
|Estimated Mature Spread|
48-60" wide (4-5 feet)
Early to late summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Green leaves with pale green undersides. Leaves turn yellow in fall.
Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Average, Well Draining
Native, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good For Hedge / Screen
Northeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer, Fall
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
Toxic to humans, dogs, cats and horses.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|