Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle')
hy-DRAIN-jah ar-bor-RES-senz 'Annabelle'

Deciduous Perennial Shrub in the Hydrangeaceae Family
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Size Notes Price Availability
#5 gallon Field

15-18" High 15-18" Wide

$38.69 Likely available
7/4 - 7/7
7/18 - 7/21
8/1 - 8/4
#5 gallon Field $41.37 Likely available
7/4 - 7/7
7/18 - 7/21
8/1 - 8/4


“Smooth” or “wild” hydrangeas tend to grow to 4-5 feet high and sport gorgeous profusions of large pompom or lacey blooms, making them a wildly popular choice for privacy plantings, borders, or focal points in the garden. These shrubs grow extremely quickly and can actually be cut back almost all the way to the ground each winter, but don’t require shaping or deadheading during the growing season. 


Interestingly, these hydrangeas do not react to the pH in the soil by changing the color of their blooms like many other hydrangea varieties. Smooth hydrangeas always have greenish-white or bright white blooms that fade to a sepia-toned brown by fall and make gorgeous cut fresh or dried flowers.


  • Profuse, giant white pom pom or lacecap flowers (great cut fresh or dried) 
  • Prefer part shade
  • Easy to prune - just cut back to 6-8 inches above the soil each winter and watch this plant start fresh each spring!
  • Flower on new wood, enabling them to bloom after unseasonably cold weather


  • Require quite a lot of water and will show their displeasure at being thirsty by pervasive leaf wilt
  • Need at least a few hours of sunlight a day to put forth blooms
  • Start each year pretty much from scratch
  • Because the tender stems are near the ground, can be vulnerable to rabbits.

Plant Data

Mature Size 3 - 5 feet tall. 4 - 6 feet wide.
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Exposure Partial Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 3a - 9b (Usually hardy to -40° F)
Tags Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Container, Deciduous, Edging, Extended Bloom Time, Formal Garden, Foundation, Full Sun, Good for Accents, Good for Cottage Garden, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Hedges, Good for Mass Planting, Hard Pruning Late Winter, Low Maintenance, Medium, Medium, Most Popular, Nativar, Normal Soil, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Reblooms, Showy Flowers, Shrub, Thrillers, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Well-Drained Soil Hedges, Small Shrubs, White Flowering Shrubs
Flower Color White



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