Phantom Hydrangea - tree form standard Tree

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Phantom Hydrangea - tree form standard

Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom'
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Hauntingly beautiful! Our Phantom Hydrangea Tree takes the old-fashioned Tree Form PeeGee Hydrangea and gives it a striking new look. Its massive, 15-inch flowerheads are the largest you’ll find on a Hydrangea of its type. They’ll make your guests do a double-take! Starting out a cool lime-green color, the blossoms mature to a “ghostly” white, eventually taking on rosy pink tones with the advent of cool autumn weather. Plant your Phantom Hydrangea Tree in your entryway garden, foundation beds, patio plantings, or in any of the high-traffic areas around your home where you could use some late-season drama.

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The Story

Hydrangeas are undergoing a revolution. These incredible garden plants are soaring in popularity, and plant breeders in the U.S. and Europe and around the world are working hard to produce new varieties with appealing variations in size, form, color, and bloom time. There is truly a Hydrangea for every garden. Phantom Hydrangea is a selection of Panicle Hydrangea, a super-hardy species native to Japan, China, and Taiwan. It was introduced by a Dutch nurseryman named Pieter Zwinenburg. Surprisingly, Phantom was developed back in 1990 and was never patented. It has become popular in this country only recently, though it is destined to become an all-time favorite.

The Details

Important for this type of Hydrangea—and especially for this particular selection—Phantom has very strong stems. It is able to hold those huge flower clusters high for all to see!

How to Grow

The Tree Form Hydrangea is a fast-growing plant that we train to become a small Tree for your landscape. Phantom Hydrangea will benefit greatly from a spring and fall fertilizer program using Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer. On the nursery this is one Tree that truly responds well to a regular fertilizer program. We recommend an early application each spring before bud break or at bud swelling, and then another application later in the season—preferably early fall (around Labor Day).

Pruning is the secret to having a great show of flowers each year. On the nursery we prune three times a season and then allow them to flower freely in July and August.

Prune 1 is pre-spring: We do this while the Tree is still dormant. We prune back the overall Tree by about 50%, and we remove older branches where needed. This is the most important prune and will keep your Hydrangea Tree well behaved and with a good strong structure to hold the weight of the large blooms to come.

Prune 2 and 3: This is a simple shearing that again will keep the fast-growing branches shorter in length until bloom. This first shearing is generally around Mother's Day, and then we shear one more time around mid-June. This does delay flowering a bit, but we prefer a strong, tightly sheared Tree for flower support. These shears are preference only and are not required for success.

After shearing, numerous flowers will appear and begin to expand—leading to a fantastic and extended flowering time from July through the fall. Your first prune must be a hard prune for best results and have no fear—the Hydrangea Tree welcomes this prune and will respond well each year.

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Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

5-6' Tall. Grown in our #15 Tree Container. Shipped with a large full head and good stem caliper. Immediate landscape impact. This one is a showstopper.

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