This new hydrangea is a summer-flowering extravaganza! Candelabra™ Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'HPOPR013') bursts into bloom with so many white flowers that the shrub looks as if it's covered in snow! The huge flower clusters are held aloft on sturdy stems, which support this dazzling display from summer through fall. And Candelabra Hydrangea comes with the extra bonus of being one of the easiest flowering shrubs you'll ever grow!
A Different Kind of Hydrangea
Among so many types of hydrangeas, each with its own merits and distinctive look, Candelabra Hydrangea may be the biggest attention-grabber in the bunch. It's one of the "panicle hydrangeas," which are so-named because the flowers are formed in long pyramidal-shaped panicles. This flowering shape is quite different than the blooms on "mophead hydrangeas," which have rounded flower heads. But its different look is only the beginning of a host of attributes that may establish Candelabra Hydrangea as your new favorite hydrangea!
This Candelabra Will Light up Your Landscape
The sheer number of flowers on each shrub is incredible, and they're shown off in a big way because of the size of the panicles. Each cone-shaped flower cluster may grow up to 10 inches long and 6 inches wide! Held vertically like the candles in candelabra, it's not difficult to see how this exceptional plant got its name. The blooms are creamy-white when they open, and they keep their bright color through the summer. As summer fades to fall, the flowers take on pinkish-rose to reddish shades for a stunning season finale!
It's Still Blooming Late in the Season
In late summer, when many perennials have finished flowering, Candelabra Hydrangea is still in brilliant bloom. This is the time of year when your landscape tends to wind down for the season, and you're already missing the flowers that are past their prime. Many flowers look tired and bedraggled; some flowers can't take the heat; and other blooms are simply finished for the year. But not Candelabra Hydrangea. It begins blooming a little later than other summer perennials, but it's worth the wait because it shines in late summer when the other perennials are spent! If you want to enjoy a long season of flowers that have successive bloom times, be sure to include plants in your landscape design that continue blooming in late summer '– and put Candelabra Hydrangea at the top of that list!
Unique Cut Flowers
If you love cutting fresh flowers from the garden to fill vases in your home, you'll definitely want to grow Candelabra Hydrangea in your cutting garden. Other single-stemmed flowers don't hold a "candle" to the dramatic look that these flower panicles add to floral arrangements '– they truly are unique. A single stem will fill a bud vase, and multiple stems make a breathtaking addition to a mixed-flower bouquet.
Design Tip: When the blooms start to fade, hang them upside-down in a dark closet and let them dry. You'll be able to use them as dried flowers in a perpetual floral arrangement!
Vibrant Red Stems
With all the talk of its flowers, which truly are the most prominent feature of this plant, we'd be remiss if we forgot to tell you about the colorful stems. Candelabra Hydrangea is one plant in the Lavalamp™ series of panicle hydrangeas. You can look to "lava" in its name to give you a hint '– it has smoldering red stems! The stems provide a beautiful contrast to the white flowers, but even after the flowers have faded and the leaves have fallen from this deciduous plant in autumn, the red stems provide vivid winter interest. And when snow blankets the landscape, Candelabra Hydrangea's red stems stand in stark contrast against the white background!
More Drought-Tolerant Than Other Hydrangeas
If you've grown other types of hydrangeas, particularly the bigleaf types that produce the large round flower heads, you know how they'll often wilt during hot summer afternoons, even when they're planted in the shade. It's a natural process that helps prevent water in the leaves from evaporating in hot weather. The larger leaves have a higher demand for water to maintain the plant's health, so these types of hydrangeas are not very drought-tolerant. But Candelabra Hydrangea has a lesser need for water and smaller leaves, which won't wilt even on the hottest summer day. And once these plants are established, they can handle drought much better than their hydrangea relatives.
More Pest- and Disease-Resistant Than Other Hydrangeas
There's no need to spray chemicals on your Candelabra Hydrangea because this shrub has no significant pest or disease problems. At the end of particularly humid summers, other types of hydrangeas may show disease symptoms on their leaves because they're prone to fungal infections that prosper in humid climates. But Candelabra Hydrangea typically sails through hot and humid summers while its foliage maintains a healthy appearance!
Bred by Horticulturists as an Improved Hydrangea
Given its long list of improved qualities, it's not surprising that Candelabra Hydrangea won its first award the first year out of the starting gate. This brand-new plant was officially introduced in 2017, the same year it was awarded a Retailer's Choice Award by Garden Center Magazine! So instead of taking a gamble on a new plant, whose merits haven't yet been demonstrated, look to the horticultural experts for their recommendations. You can grow Candelabra Hydrangea with confidence, knowing that it's already been field-tested, evaluated by professionals, and awarded a top prize!
Reliable Flower Color
The pH of your garden soil will not affect the color of Candelabra Hydrangea's flowers as it does with the big-leafed hydrangeas. Those types of plants may produce blue flowers one year and pinkish flowers the next year at the whim of a variable soil pH. But Candelabra Hydrangea will reliably bloom white, year after year, which makes it easier for you to plan your landscape design around it. It still prefers acidic soil, just like its hydrangea relatives, but the bloom color is unaffected regardless of the pH.
Perfect as a Container Plant
Because of its adaptability to diverse growing conditions, Candelabra Hydrangea is a breeze to grow in a container! In the landscape, this shrub typically grows 4-6 feet tall, but you may see a smaller size when you grow it as a potted plant. Use a commercially prepared potting mix, and keep it watered well in hot weather and during times of low rainfall.
A Few Design Ideas
White flowers in landscape designs are prized for many reasons. Did you know that white flowers make other flower colors look brighter? If you use Candelabra Hydrangea as the anchor plant for a multicolored flower garden, it'll make your other flowers pop even more. Plant Candelabra Hydrangea in front of a dark brick wall for a bold contrast of colors and textures. It's spectacular in a massed planting or in clusters of three shrubs, where the flowers add a flurry of white to green landscapes. Grow it as a standalone deciduous hedge or a colorful backdrop for other perennials.
Extreme Cold Hardiness
Candelabra Hydrangea is one tough plant. It can handle winter temperatures in USDA Zone 3 down to minus 40 degrees F and leaf out in spring uninjured! On the flip side, it can also handle the hot and humid climates in the Deep South regions of Zone 8. Other types of hydrangeas aren't nearly as rugged and cold-hardy as this, so particularly if you live in a challenging climate '– and you've been unsuccessful growing those varieties '– you'll have no trouble with Candelabra!
Fast Growing with Few Demands
This is one plant you will not have to "baby-sit" '– it's super low-maintenance! Not fussy about the type of soil, Candelabra Hydrangea even grows well in clay. The ideal soil for healthiest growth, however, is rich, fertile, and well-draining. It will flower best for you if you plant it where it receives morning sun and some afternoon shade. Dig a planting hole that's only as deep as the rootball but several times wider. Backfill with the soil you removed from the hole without amending it. Add a 3-inch layer of mulch all around your plant, and water it well. Keep the soil slightly moist until the plant becomes established to help its root system get a healthy start. Wait until the second season after planting to fertilize it; you'll only need to apply fertilizer once a year, in early spring when the leaves begin to emerge. You won't have to prune it to prompt it to flower, but if you need to shape your plant, trim it in late winter to early spring. (Other types of hydrangeas must be pruned in late summer to allow the flower buds to form during winter, but Candelabra Hydrangea blooms on new growth that's produced in the same season.)
This new hydrangea is a summer-flowering extravaganza! Candelabra™ Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'HPOPR013') bursts into bloom with so many white flowers that the shrub looks as if it's covered in snow!
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