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Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Zones A2, A3, 2-21, 31-41
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Hydrangea arborescens

Smooth Hydrangea
Hydrangeaceae (Saxifragaceae)
Deciduous, Shrubs

HYDRANGEA

Big, bold leaves and large clusters of long-lasting flowers in white, pink, red, or blue. Summer and fall bloom. Flower clusters may contain sterile flowers (conspicuous, with large, petal-like sepals) or fertile flowers (small, starry petaled); or they may feature a cluster of small fertile flowers surrounded by a ring of big sterile ones (these are called lacecap hydrangeas). Sterile flowers last for a long time (often holding up for months), gradually fading in color.

Hydrangea arborescens

Upright, dense growth to 10 ft. tall and wide. Oval, grayish green, 4–8-in. leaves; white flowers.

‘Annabelle’ produces enormous (to 1-ft.) globular clusters of sterile flowers on a plant about 4 ft. tall and wide.

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