An outstanding and popular cultivar, characterized by its large panicles of sterile flowers that emerge white and change to pink and finally to a red with maturity with the red coloration lasting about 3 to 4 weeks. Its continuous flush of new flowering stems give an overall multi-coloured effect in late summer to early fall. Its growth habit changes from erect in early summer to cascading as the season progresses. A low spreading shrub with outstanding flowers that have a mixture of large white and pink flower heads at the same time. The plant does however have weak stems that struggle to support the weight of the flowers. It has Hydrangea paniculata ‘Unique’ in its DNA. The RHS Trial of paniculata at Wisley Gardens gave it a ‘very good’.
Paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Synonyms: Hp100 and Renhy
Origins: Developed in 2002 by Jean & Eric Renault at Gorron, France
Awards: Bronze Medal Plantarium in 2006
Height & Width: 1.8m x 1.8m
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