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How to Grow a Hydrangea Tree: All You Need To Know

If you’re looking to grow a hydrangea tree, there are a few essential tips you should know. And don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds!

Best Types of Tree Hydrangea

There are different types of tree hydrangeas to choose from. Here are some popular ones:

  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’: This variety grows up to 25 feet tall with a 10-foot spread and has beautiful pure white flowers.
  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’: With a height of 6 to 8 feet and a width of 5 to 7 feet, this tree hydrangea features greenish flowers.
  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Big Ben’: This dwarf variety only reaches about 3 feet tall and wide, making it perfect for smaller gardens.
  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’: Known for its bicolor flower heads (pink on the bottom, white on the top), this variety grows up to 8 feet in height and width.
  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’: With a maximum height and width of 8 feet, this tree hydrangea has unique flower clusters in deeper pink colors.

Pruning Tips

Proper pruning is key to maintaining a healthy hydrangea tree. For best results, follow these pruning tips:

  • Trim your tree during late winter or early spring, before the new growth begins.
  • Thinning out the shrub to five to ten main stems will produce larger flower clusters.
  • If you want your tree to have a single trunk, choose a main stem and attach it to a sturdy stake. Remove any competing ground stems and buds protruding from the main stem. This will help the trunk grow taller and look more tree-like.
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