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Megan Mathey
Grand Haven, Michigan


Hydrangea - Panicle

Hydrangea paniculata


PP#34,468; CBRAF

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Tiny Quick Fire panicle hydrangea is the smallest and most space saving panicle hydrangea on the market. The mophead flowers of Tiny Quick Fire panicle hydrangea have a unique scooped appearance. In late summer, the flowers of Tiny Quick Fire panicle hydrangea turn pink-red. A close look at the florets of Tiny Quick Fire panicle hydrangea illustrating their unusual bowl-like shape. Tiny Quick Fire panicle hydrangea is covered in mophead flowers in summer. Tiny Quick Fire panicle hydrangea just after peak bloom, with its flowers turning an appealing green. Two Tiny Quick Fire panicle hydrangeas growing in a trial field. YouTube video describing the plant shown on this page
  • Extra petite habit
  • Early to bloom
  • Unique cupped florets

PREORDER FOR 2023 - reserve your liners now and they will ship in spring 2023.

Cute as the dickens, Tiny Quick Fire panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata) is the smallest, most versatile selection yet. Perfect for the front of the border or for mass planting in drifts. Like the other Quick Fire® varieties, it blooms early and growers can easily get this plant to market in bud and bloom in May. Flower age an attractive red-pink.

3 - 8 (-40°F/-40°C)
Full sun, Part sun
1.5 - 3'
2 - 3'
Finish Time
1 season
Bloom Time
Flower Color
White, Pink, Red
Foliage Color
Liner Sizes
2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn


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


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.


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.