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Incrediball® Blush Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

Flower Season
  • Summer
Mature Size
5' 5' 1.5m 1.5m
Height: 4' - 5'
Spread: 4' - 5'
Height: 1.2m - 1.5m
Spread: 1.2m - 1.5m
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  • Details

    48 - 60 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    48 - 60 Inches
    1.2m - 1.5m
    1.5m - 1.8m
    1.2m - 1.5m


    Bigger, blusher, better!

    Incrediball hydrangeas are beloved for their stout stems and massive blooms. Incrediball® Blush hydrangea adds a new color to the series - a beautiful silvery-pink. This hydrangea combines the rock-solid reliability of the classic 'Annabelle' hydrangea with the improved stem strength, bodacious blooms, and enormous flowers of the Incrediball series. Enjoy these fabulous blooms every year, even in chilly USDA zone 3! This species of hydrangea is native to North America.

    Top reasons to grow Incrediball® Blush hydrangea:

    - an improved version of 'Annabelle' with strong stems and huge pink flowers

    - Reblooming - new flowers are produced through frost

    - Excellent in the landscape or as a cut flower, both fresh and dried

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    48 - 60 Inches 1.2m - 1.5m
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    48 - 60 Inches 1.2m - 1.5m
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Dried Flower
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Mass plantings, landscapes, naturalizing, cutting gardens, mixed borders.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Smooth hydrangeas, also known as 'Annabelle' hydrangeas, are some of the easiest and most reliable types you can grow, especially if you live in a cold climate. Caring for them is simple: in early spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on the stems, cut the plant back by about one-third its height. That's it! If you wish, you can apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs, like a rose fertilizer.

    The largest blooms develop after the plant has become established - typically about 3 years after planting. The plant will bloom before this, but they won't start reaching their maximum size until they have developed a good root system.

    Smooth hydrangeas like Incrediball Blush can grow in full sun in cooler climates - a minimum of 6 hours a day ensures the strongest stems, the biggest blooms, and the best flower color. However, the warmer your climate, the more shade they can take; afternoon shade is particularly beneficial in these areas.

    Don't hesitate to harvest flowers to enjoy in a vase or dry for craft projects - this reblooming hydrangea will simply create more!

    Incrediball® Blush Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA4' USPP 28,280, Can 5,624
  • 14 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Incrediball Hydrangea is my favorite. I have 12 of them and have had them for several years. They get plenty of compliments from people passing by. They have also won first place each year I have entered them in the fair. They are pretty low maintenance once established.

      Heather Morley
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 1 week ago
    • I bought one from Home Depot last Aug and got it right in the ground with a lot of pampering. As soon as it got cold, I mulched heavily. We've had a mild winter so far and today I decided to pull back the mulch and this looks dead as a doornail. I am hoping that it will show new growth from the roots because as of right now, all the stems are dead, so I know that no growth is going to come from them.

      , New York
      , United States
      , 17 weeks ago
    • Planted six last year, around late Summer, early Fall. The stems are extremely finicky; either rotting until hollow until they flop with too much rain, or so brittle that they snap during dry spells. Would not recommend for heavy clay soils or temperamental weather areas with a lot of wind. These issues have been either or since the beginning of the growing season. They seem to resemble an Annabelle in the worst ways, so I would skip these and go for LimeLight variations, or even something more compact and strong such as a BoBo. Giving two stars because the blooms are Incredible. Like white clouds that can get almost a foot wide and round. They just don’t last once the weather has its say. I am excited to see the next variation of this cultivar.

      , West Virginia
      , United States
      , 51 weeks ago
    • I bought one of these last summer from the Home Depot and it has bloomed but it’s all white. Did I receive a mislabeled one or is there something I’m missing to help turn it pink? It’s growing great but just would have preferred the blush color.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • We bought quarts of these in June and planted - they took well, and are growing well. They are in part shade (a.m.) with about 3 hours of full sun in afternoon. We had some super hot days in August, and a bit of a drought. This affected the plants - some of them had leaves that were burnt to a crisp, even though we kept them watered in the early mornings as much as we are able. However, even with the hot sun really frying them, they seem to be bouncing back well! My advice for others if in a hot zone would be to try to get these into a shade/part shade planting site with morning sun rather than the blazing afternoon inferno. (Our older incrediballs were tolerant of the heat, but the babies struggled). It's looking like they will be OK over winter and let's hope they come back strong next year!

      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Beautiful flower!!! Incrediball hydrangeas are amazing.. gigantic blooms and the pink color is a nice change in my garden.

      Shay M
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I planted an Incrediball Blush that I purchased for $15-20, for the starter quart size in late may of this year. As of today, 8/4, it has two soft-ball sized blooms sitting 16-18 inches off the ground. Two more blooms are forming on lower branches. New leaf buds are forming all along the established branches. Very impressed with this vigorous first year growth, given the size when purchased. Doing better than Bobos and Let's Dance varieties planted at same time/size. Bloom color is very attractive, the silvery pink description in the marketing materials is accurate. I very much look forward to this reaching full size in future years.

      Frank Panella
      , New York
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • I felt very upset when I received my plants that I bought through Home Depot. They came with all the yellow bottom sheets and other meals by incepts or items, a big difference with what I could see on their wed site.

      Beatriz Bobes
      , Florida
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • I used to have the Hydrangea species native to Asia but they did poorly so I replaced them with this native. It blooms on new wood, so winter won't rob me of flowers. Also, I did not realize it reblooms! It is currently in bloom here in NC in September. Was delivered healthy and packaged very well. The gallon size is huge. The size compares to my old hydrangeas I had had for a few years.

      , 6 years ago
    • I have seen this kind before here in Ontario Canada but never this beautiful colour....Will keep it here and I know several Garden Centres that stock the Proven Winners will share your page and thank you for being on facebook

      Ann Cushley
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 7 years ago
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