A Guide to Panicle Hydrangeas

Panicle Hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata), are a showy medium-sized shrub valued for its enormous cone-shaped panicles of white flowers.

They are the most reliably blooming, low maintenance & the most cold hardy, in fact, growing from zones 3-7. They have large blooms typically start white and may turn to pink. Since they bloom on new growth each summer, there is no chance for the flower buds to be damaged by winter cold because they simply haven’t been formed yet. The result is a reliable show of gorgeous blooms every year from mid to late summer well into fall.
The leaves of these hydrangeas are relatively easy to identify when compared with other hydrangeas as they are smaller, thinner, and rougher than leaves of the mophead hydrangea. They are medium green with a matte finish. Panicle Hydrangeas also known as PeeGee (PG) hydrangeas are the only hydrangeas that will form trees. Their central stem(s) can be developed into very attractive trunks.


Large clusters of white flowers that reach at least 5” in length. It is considered a dwarf, reaching only about 3 feet tall with a similar spread. With pruning, it can be kept even more compact.


A large, unique shrub with creamy white blooms begin to make their appearance in summer and have a hint of lime green-changing in fall to a pale and deep pink. Grows 6-10’ tall and wide.

Fire Light®

An exceptionally hardy selection that blooms reliably. Flower show begins in midsummer with abundant, very large 12-16”, pure white blooms that gradually turn deep reddish pink.

Quick Fire®

The first to bloom, flowering about a month before the rest. White flowers transform to pink-red through summer turning extremely dark in fall with excellent fall foliage colour.


Large flowers have a unique colour of celadon green that looks amazing in any landscape setting. Huge football shape flowers age to an array of pink, red, and burgundy which persists through frost.

Quick Fire Fab®

Large, football sized and shaped showy blooms emerges creamy white then ages pink to bright pink to deep red through the season from the base to the tip. How fabulous is that!

Little Lime®

A dwarf form of Limelight with the same great flower power but in a smaller package. Attractive green summer flowers turn to rich pink in fall. This little beauty packs a visual punch in the garden!

Strawberry Sundae™

A delicious new compact hydrangea. Flowers emerge creamy white in mid-summer, change to pink as night temperatures drop. The fantastic flower color lasts well into fall.

Little Lime Punch®

The new addition to the lime-coloured series you will drink in the beauty all summer long. The compact shrub gives you a festive mix of pink, green, white & Hawaiian punch red on 1 plant.

Vanilla Fraise™

Features loose, fluffy, pyramidal flower heads which open creamy white in mid summer, then turn strawberry pink as they age, before finally taking on rich pinkish-red tones in fall.

Little Quick Fire®

Lives up to its name. A dwarf shrub that is early blooming, flowering about a month before other hydrangeas. White flowers transform to pink-red as summer progresses.

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