Panicle Hydrangea Care
Unlike other hydrangeas, paniculatas may be grown in full sun if they receive adequate moisture. However, they prefer a little shade during the hottest part of the afternoon in the deep south, especially if conditions are on the dry side.
Pruning Panicle Hydrangeas
Paniculata hydrangeas are the only type of hydrangea you can prune into a beautiful tree. Many paniculatas are sold already pruned to a tree shape and others can be pruned to this shape.
Paniculatas can be pruned (see Method II) at ANY time other than immediately before they are to bloom. Check out our complete hydrangea care guide for more information.
Photos to Identify Your Paniculata (PG) Hydrangea
If you are trying to identify a hydrangea that might be a paniculata, look closely at these pictures. They were sent to us by Greg and Beth from Washington state.
The pink on the blooms don't appear when the blooms first open, but emerge as the blooms age.
Note the size of the leaf and the serration (tooth) of the leaf edge. This leaf is smaller, softer, and less shiny than the mophead (macrophylla) leaf.
The name "paniculata" comes from the fact that many of the blooms are panicle-shaped (somewhat cone shaped) rather than ball-shaped. Many paniculata blooms develop a lovely pink shade as the blooms age, extending their beauty into the fall.