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Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea - tree form
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A patio tree that looks good enough to eat! Our Tree Form Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea is a sweet little tree that’s big on charm. It’s perfect for your entryway garden, foundation plantings, or anywhere you need a pop of luscious, late-season color. From midsummer through fall, this incredible Hydrangea Tree will serve up generous helpings of creamy white blossoms that change from white to bubble gum–pink and eventually to a rosy strawberry–pink. New blooms continue to form throughout the season, creating an enchanting multicolored effect. You may think such a showboat would be a diva, but Vanilla Strawberry™ is easy to please, and even novice gardeners will succeed with it.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Hydrangeas are hot! Hydrangeas have always been popular, but recently they’ve become must-have plants. Breeders in the U.S. and Europe have been creating countless new varieties to tempt us, each one more enticing than the last. These aren’t your grandmother’s Hydrangeas! Vanilla Strawberry™ is a selection of Panicle Hydrangea, a species native to Japan, China, and Taiwan. It was developed at a French family nursery as part of a Hydrangea breeding program that took many years of patient work. The nurserymen who created it began making their crosses in 1987, and finally saw success in 2002. Vanilla Strawberry™ was patented in the U.S. in 2007.
How to Grow
The Tree Form Hydrangea is a fast-growing plant that we train to become a small Tree for your landscape. Vanilla Strawberry™ 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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