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Hydrangea, paniculata ‘PeeGee’

‘PeeGee’ has the tendency to turn pink as the blooms age. A must for your butterfly garden!
The mature ‘PeeGee’ Hydrangea tree (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) is an heirloom favorite. The enormous, creamy white, conical flowers bloom in mid to late summer and become pink as they age. As autumn shows signs of progress and the nights become colder, the flowers turn the color of tea-stained linen. Attracts Butterflies to the Garden!

‘PeeGee’ hydrangea is a deciduous wide spreading, rather rangy shrub or small tree with big showy pyramid-shaped clusters of white to pink flowers that literally weight down the branches. ‘PeeGee’ starts branching near the ground and has a rounded shape, getting 10-25 ft tall and just as wide, although many specimens stay considerably smaller. The leaves are opposite, oval, have pointed tips and toothed margins, and are 3-6 in long. The flowers are borne in erect panicles 3-10 in tall.

This hydrangea blooms over a long season, with the flowers starting out white in mid-summer, aging to pink and finally turning rusty brown in autumn. Unlike big-leaf hydrangea (H. macrophylla), flower color does not vary with soil pH. ‘PeeGee’ hydrangea’s dried flowers persist even after the leaves have fallen. ‘PeeGee’ hydrangea and ‘Oakleaf’ hydrangea (H. quercifolia) from the southeastern U.S. are the only hydrangeas with cone-shaped flower clusters; all the others have their flowers in rounded or flat-topped clusters.

Plant Details +

Botanical Hydrangea paniculata 'PeeGee'
Common Name Hydrangea
Family Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea Family)
Height 10-15' (can get to 20' un-pruned)
Spacing 12-15'
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Full Sun-Part Shade (Hydrangeas benefit from some shade in the middle of the afternoon, especially in hotter regions.)
Foliage Simple, dark green leaves, 3-6" long
Flower White to pink flowers
Bloomtime Midsummer to Fall

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: 'PeeGee's should be planted in moist, rich, well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. When planting your 'PeeGee', the crown (where the stem meets the roots) should be placed just below ground level. Planting deeper can cause the roots to rot. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Once the shrub is placed in the hole, tamp the soil down around it and water. It is a good idea to mulch your 'PeeGee' to help the soil to retain moisture. It should also be fertilized with a light fertilizer in March, May, and July. 'PeeGee' hydrangea requires moderate watering during the growing season.

Pests or Diseases: An advantage of using 'PeeGee's as a border beside the beautiful display that they provide is that deer tend to avoid them. This is great news if you tend to have deer problems. No serious insect or disease problems.