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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
Strawberry Sundae panicle hydrangea
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Spring: medium green
Summer: medium 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 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.
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.
My flowers are flopping over the entire stems, what to do? We suggest two things:
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.
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.