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Sale Strawberry Sundae panicle hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata Strawberry Sundae® (panicle hydrangea)

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Strawberry Sunday panicle hydrangea is similar to Vanilla Strawberry, but it's a couple feet shorter and the flowers age lighter pink. Due to the shorter size, it's great for containers, patios, and smaller gardens, as well as the same applications as its cohort.

Flowers start out white and in areas with cool late summer evenings, they age/antique a lovely pure pink, then darken to rose. The pictures show the flower color progression.

Strawberry Sundae is the smallest of the panicle hydrangeas we grow and all are grown as multiple-stemmed shrubs.

This Hydrangea paniculata grows and flowers great in zone 8a, and flowers are beautiful in our zone, but they remain white. Flowers antique to pink shades better further north.

Strawberry Sundae panicle hydrangea is one of two First Editions® hydrangeas that we grow.

  • Strawberry Sundae is shorter than our other panicle hydrangeas
  • Hydrangea paniculata plants are very cold tolerant hydrangeas
  • for single specimen and accent use
  • grouping and massing - large swaths
  • blends well in flower and shrub borders
  • smaller-statured, so container use is a possibility
Common Name
Strawberry Sundae panicle hydrangea
Other Names
panicle hydrangea
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Growth Rate
Flower Color
white, pink
Showy Flower?
Flower Season
summer, fall
Leaf Colors
  • Spring: medium green
  • Summer: medium green
  • Fall: yellow
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Ornamental Bark?
Bark Feature
peeling bark
Native to USA?
Native To
Japan, Taiwan, China
Soil Moisture Requirements
moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
Light Requirements
sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
Give your Strawberry Sundae 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.

Give it a climate with cool summer night temperatures for best pinking of flowers as they age.
Plant Patent
'Rensun' PP25,438
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.

See our blog posts about pruning: When to Prune Hydrangeas

My flowers are flopping over the entire stems, what to do?
We suggest two things:
  1. Growing the shrub in full sun, if your climate allows. In full sun, the branches may not stretch as much and will likely be shorter and stouter, therefore being able to support the heavy flower heads.
  2. Or, yearly pruning may help. Prune into 1-2 year old branches to reduce their length. The idea is that the shorter branches will have less weight to support and will be able to support the hefty flower panicles.

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