HYDRANGEA PANICULATA
            PEEGEE AND FAMILY

 

Paniculata Hydrangeas
(PeeGee and Family)



HYDRANGEA SPECIES



PeeGee Hydrangea (H. paniculata Grandiflora)
Paniculata hydrangeas will grow and bloom in a wide variety of climates (hardy to Zone 3!). Unlike mopheads, they need several hours of sun to do well. If your weather is too cold to grow the pink and blue hydrangeas or if your landscape doesn't have much shade, consider growing one of the many types of paniculatas. North or south, we can all enjoy them.

Another desirable trait of all paniculatas is their tolerance for pruning. One can prune them at any time except when they begin forming bloom heads in the summer. The paniculata is the ONLY hydrangea that can be pruned into a tree form.

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.

Paniculatas often get very large. 8-10 feet tall and wide is not unusual. Some, as seen in pictures below, get even taller.

A beautiful paniculata, and one of the most popular is 'Limelight' which can be grown in all parts of the United States except those areas which receive no freezing weather.


PeeGee ('Grandiflora')


The best known Hydrangea paniculata is PeeGee. This hydrangea gets its nickname from its botanical name, H. paniculata 'Grandiflora' (PG). Although PG refers only to the 'Grandiflora' variety, many nurserymen have started referring to all paniculatas as PeeGees. This may be causing some slight confusion, but if you would like a further explanation, please e-mail me.




Northern Virginia PGs


The picture at the top of the page and the five below are PeeGees blooming in Northern Virginia. Two of the pictures below demonstrate the PeeGee's tendency to turn pink as the blooms age.

PeeGee hydrangea grown in Arlington, VA
Two PeeGees in Falls Church, VA


PeeGee with white blooms in August.
Same PeeGee - white blooms have turned pink with age
Closeup of aged, pink blooms
Hydrangea Photos From Visitors to This Site
Beautiful young PeeGee, grown in North Salem, NY by Joe. Planted four years ago as a 1 gal. plant, it's now 8' tall.
Beautiful young PeeGee, grown in
North Salem, NY by Joe. Planted as a 1 gal. plant four years before picture was taken. Here it's 8' tall.
Nice little Pee Gee in a pot grown in Houston, TX by Connie
Nice little Pee Gee in a pot grown in Houston, TX by Connie
Beautiful Large PeeGee, just turning pink. Owners Keely and David of Trivoli, IL
Beautiful large PeeGee, just turning pink. Owners, Keely and David of Trivoli, IL
Beautiful Large PeeGee, just turning pink. Owners Keely and David of Trivoli, IL
Large PeeGee, shows off next to Blue Spruce. Owners, Keely and David of Trivoli, IL

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 doesn't appear when the blooms first open, but emerges as the blooms age.
Leaf of a PG

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.
Young shrub shape

This is a young paniculata shrub. This shrub may grow to be 10 feet tall or so.
Aging bloom showing pink shades

Note the shapes of the blooms (some are panicles) and the pink color that is starting to develop on the blooms.
Close-up of PG bloom

This is a photo taken by Greg and Beth with a macro lens. I included it because it is so beautiful.
OTHER VARIETIES OF HYDRANGEA PANICULATA


There are many varieties and forms of H. paniculata such as 'Limelight' and 'Tardiva'. Limelight is an especially beautiful paniculata and is also one of the most popular. 'Limelight' can be grown in all parts of the United States except those areas which receive no freezing weather.


Links Related to Planting, Fertilizing, Pruning,
and Other Culture Aspects of Paniculatas

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