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Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’
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Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle

Hydrangea

The name Hydrangea, means “water vessel,” given for its cup-shaped seed vessels. A genus of diverse forms, Hydrangeas are commonly found throughout Asia, from the Himalayas to Taiwan and Japan, with the exception of two species, Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea quercifolia, which are native to North America.

Easily grown, this shrub’s lush deciduous leaves are best suited to loose, moist soil in the shade of tall trees or on the north side of the house. If, like us, you’ve tired of the commoner sort, these delicacies will be a welcome surprise.

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ full sun  partial shade

‘Annabelle’ is “unabashedly the queen of the Hydrangea arborescens cultivars”, wrote esteemed horticulturist, Michael Dirr, and we wholeheartedly concur! Named and introduced by the late great plantsman, J. C. McDaniel, this superior native Hydrangea was first found along a wooded trail over 100 years ago in the small town of Anna, Illinois. The lovely spectacle of immense, foot wide pure white snowballs with closely clustered sepals, concealing fertile flowers and thick celery-colored stalks with broad mint green serrated leaves, is a cool antidote to the stickiest summer day.

Steeped in old-fashioned feminine appeal, ‘Annabelle’ luxuriates as a dense dramatic specimen next to Deutzia ‘Nikko’ and Phlomis ‘Amazone’.

Size: 3' 0"–6' 0" high x 4' 0"–6' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (S-0048)
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