arborescens ‘Invincible Spirit’

arborescens ‘Invincible Spirit’

Bed E: Plant 23 

Syn. arborescens ‘NCHA l’

A breakthrough in breeding by; Dr. Tom Ranney, Mountain Crops research, USA in 2010  has produced this, the first H. arborescens to produce pink colored sterile florets.  The large, dome-shaped flower heads will remain attractive for several months from midsummer.  Richard Olsen, a graduate student at found a pink flowered Hydrangea arborescens while hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thankfully, he knew a good thing when he saw it, as few others would think ‘Wesser Falls’ was anything remarkable. Working with Dr. Tom Ranney they crossed this plant which Olsen named ‘Wesser Falls’ for the area where it was found with ‘Annabelle.’ Five years and several thousands of plants later, they had precisely one pink-flowered individual that merited introduction – that was Invincibelle Spirit: US Patent PP21227, August 24, 2010 (as PIIA-I)

UK Plant finder 2012 = 4 Nurseries

Our plant was obtained from the ‘Dutchy of Cornwall’ nursery in 2013

Photo to follow when our plant flowers

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