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Crystal Chandelier panicle hydrangea was seen growing in Mike Dirr's garden on a tour with members of the American Hydrangea Society in early July 2017. The group oohed and aahed, so I took that as my cue to propagate ASAP. Dirr gave it a name and we're off to the races.
The panicles are a little more open and airy than Chantilly Lace and the flowers are also mixed fertile and sterile flowers. Likewise, when we went back for cuttings it was buzzing with bees pollinating the flowers.
Last summer in zone 8a, the flowers didn't antique at all, but maybe they will blush pink in cooler zones.
We have some grown as single trunks so you can train as a standard, others are multiple-stemmed, so please request which type you'd like when you order.
panicle hydrangeas are very cold tolerant hydrangeas
Chantilly Lace is a mix of fertile and sterile flowers so it attracts pollinators
for single specimen and accent use
grouping and massing - large swaths
blends well in flower and shrub borders
the panicle flower heads are lighter and don't cause the stems to flop
long flowering period
flowers last from summer through fall
Crystal Chandelier panicle hydrangea
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Spring: dark green
Summer: dark green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Native to USA?
Japan, Taiwan, China
Soil Moisture Requirements
moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
Give your panicle hydrangea rich soil. It likes consistent moisture in a soil that drains and may need extra watering, but no standing water.
In the Deep South, it will like afternoon shade to mitigate leaf wilting, but it will like full days of sun in cooler zones. The more sun it gets, the better the flowering and the better the pink antiquing of the flowers. Sun/shade and good flowering are balancing acts based on your climate.
When do I prune to reduce shrub size? Panicle hydrangea flowers on new growth, so it's fine to prune in winter before or just as new growth begins. At that time, you're not pruning off flower buds.
When do I prune off flower heads? Pune off spent flower heads once they've become tatty and you're tired of seeing them. In the Deep South, this may be a few weeks after flowering since our warm nights don't induce much pink antiquing. In cooler zones such as zone 7a and colder, flowers antique pink in varying degrees, so deadheading may be in late fall or winter.