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So cool, it’s hot! Let Fire and Ice Tree Form Hydrangea make your landscape sizzle. This sassy patio tree will cover itself in loads of flower clusters that you can watch change color over time. When the large, diamond-shaped bunches emerge in summer, the blooms are creamy white, but as the season progresses, they begin to turn a soft pink color. By the time early autumn arrives, they’ve turned a deep raspberry-red. Plant Fire and Ice in your entryway garden, in your foundation beds, or near your pool or patio—anyplace where this drama queen will get lots of attention!
Hydrangeas are uber-popular, must-have plants right now, and Fire and Ice is one of the hottest new introductions you can buy. It’s a selection of Panicle Hydrangea, a species native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. For many years, the classic Pee Gee Hydrangea was the only selection of this species available, and it graced many a home, bringing fresh white blossoms to the landscape in summer. Then, in the early 2000s, a plant-breeding frenzy brought us many new forms. Developing varieties with deeper pink blossoms has been a major goal. Fire and Ice was bred with this idea in mind in 2001. It was patented in 2013.
Fire and Ice Panicle Hydrangea naturally grows into a bushy plant, but our clever growers have lifted it off the ground and turned it into a tree. This gives the plant a more formal appearance and puts you face-to-face with those fabulous blooms!
How to Grow
The Tree Form Hydrangea is a fast-growing plant that we train to become a small Tree for your landscape. Fire and Ice 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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