Pee Wee Hydrangea Praecox

A fabulous shrub.

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Mounded cones of white florets crowd this quick growing shrub for many weeks.

The flower heads of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Praecox’ are tall, unlike the classic mop top Hydrangeas and consist of both fertile and infertile flowers. The flowers open from early late spring/summer depending on your climate and last into autumn. The flowers grow between 15 and 40cm tall. You will be able to enjoy a lovely range of colours as they open from green to white to cream then pinks as they mature.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Praecox’ has light, ageing to deep green, oval shaped leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It is quick to grow and establish, creating a lush mound of foliage.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Praecox’ is quite cold tolerant. The name, Praecox is from the Latin for very early.

Hydrangeas grow best planted in a sheltered position of the garden where the roots are cool and moist. It is a good idea to add plenty of organic matter to the soil as it will result in masses of stunning blooms. A hard prune annually in spring will keep them lovely and bushy.

They are commonly known as Tree Hydrangeas, and have much stronger stems than other varieties (they have the giant flowers to hold up). You can choose to prune them to a single stem small tree with a little more care.

Code

HYPPC

Botantical name

Hydrangea paniculata

Height

2-3m

Width

1-3m

Flowers

Spring to Summer

Climate

Cool to Mediterranean

Availability

Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Pots

Water needs

2