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Tim Wood
Grand Haven, MI, USA

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FIRE LIGHT TIDBIT™

Panicle Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata

'SMNHPK'

USPPAF; CBRAF

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Fire Light Tidbit small compact habit shown side by side to eachother Fire Light Tidbit's white blooms turning pink in early fall Fire Light Tidbit's dragon fruit pink in the fall. Close up of Fire Light Tidbit's white blooms transitioning to pink Close up of Fire Light Tidbit's fall foliage YouTube video describing the plant shown on this page
  • Dwarf Hydrangea
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Late Season Blooms
Description

A dwarf hydrangea, a bit like Bobo®. but with a lower, mounded habit and a lot more color. The late-season blooms emerge a bright lime green, transition to white, and quickly take on hues of dragon fruit pink. A perfect, little front of the border plant to pair with Supertunia Vista Bubblegum®. As a bonus, it will often give you a nice display of orange-red autumn foliage.

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USDA Zone 3-8 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 2-3'

Width 3'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time summer

Flower Color Green, Pink, White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Adaptable to most any soil except very wet or excessively alkaline soils.

Pruning In late winter or early spring, cut back by about one-third its total height, just above a set of large buds. This ensures that the growth for the season will come vigorous buds lower on the plant and also serves to remove any remaining dried blooms. Alternatively, cut back in autumn once the plant has gone completely dormant. May be cut back harder if desired, though this tends to produce stems that are unable to achieve maximum stem strength the following season.

Uses Specimen; mixed borders; mass plantings. Makes a good hedge or screen. Excellent for cut flowers, both fresh and dried.

Growing Tips Panicle hydrangeas are the most sun tolerant hydrangeas and are also resistant to wilting. In cooler climates, full sun is recommended for best stem strength and flower set. Flower color is unaffected by soil chemistry. If flowers turn brown and dry instead of aging to pink or red, this indicates that the plant needs more water or that nighttime temperatures are too high for the transition to occur.