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Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
3' 3' 91cm 91cm
Height: 2'6" - 3'
Spread: 2'6" - 3'
Height: 76cm - 91cm
Spread: 76cm - 91cm
  • Details

    30 - 36 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    30 - 36 Inches
    76cm - 91cm
    91cm - 1.2m
    76cm - 91cm


    Cold climate gardeners, rejoice: there's finally a purple hydrangea for you!

    Introducing Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® hydrangea - it's unlike anything that's ever come before. Why? Well, it blooms every single year, even in cold climates and is impervious to bad pruning. It's the same type of hydrangea as the classic and much-loved 'Annabelle' but instead of plain white blooms, the flowers are a deep pink-mauve, and they're held up on strong, sturdy stems that don't flop. The show begins in early summer and because Invincibelle Mini Mauvette is a rebloomer, it continues clear through frost for an endless supply of flowers for the landscape or vase (both fresh and dried!). 

    Top reasons to grow Invincibelle Mini Mauvette hydrangea:

    1. Blooms ever year, even in chilly USDA zone 4.

    2. Strong stems hold the beautiful, unique pink-mauve blooms upright all season.

    3. Dwarf habit makes it perfect for any sized landscape.

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


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    30 - 36 Inches 76cm - 91cm
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    30 - 36 Inches 76cm - 91cm
    Flower 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: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    With its strong stems and tidy, rounded, dwarf habit, Invincibelle Mini Mauvette is a very versatile plant for landscaping or adding to flower gardens. 

    Maintenance Notes: 

    For the biggest, most abundant blooms and strongest stems, plant where it gets at least six hours of sun each day (warmer climates can get away with a bit less). A good layer of shredded bark mulch helps minimize water loss.

    As for pruning, cut the entire plant back by about one-third its total height each spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on stems. This serves to build up a strong, supportive, woody base while also encouraging abundant new growth for plenty of flowers. 

    If you wish to fertilize, an application of a rose fertilizer in early spring, once the soil has thawed, is sufficient. 

    Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA7' USPP 30,358, Can 6,645
  • 35 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I purchased this hydrangea 3 years ago. The plant itself is doing great. This will be it's third season. It has come back every year and has gotten taller and fuller each growing season. That being said, the blooms on this hydrangea are a big disappointment. Very small. You can barely see them and they look nothing like the pictures. I was hopeful that this year would be different with the blooms but nope, this third growing season looks to be a repeat of the previous two. All my other proven winner hydrangeas are doing great bloom wise as well as growth wise, just not this one. This one will probably be coming out this year and get replaced with something that blooms a lot better than this one.

      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 2 weeks ago
    • Bought 3 of these in larger size - beautiful the first summer but did not rebloom. In fact the blooms that were on them, looked anemic and not great. This year - all my other hydrangeas (we have a LOT) have leafed out - these appear dead. A lot of wasted $$

      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 11 weeks ago
    • I ordered 4 plants in June. They arrived damaged but I was told by the company they would bounce back. It is now October and I have not had much growth on the plants. The leaves will be green for a few days and then they curl up and die. I only had a few small blooms that also only lasted a few days before dying. Very disappointed. I will most likely dig them up and restart again with something different in spring. I would not buy this variety again.

      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 36 weeks ago
    • I love this hydrangea. I bought 3 from Proven Winners Direct. Initially planted in an area that did not get much sun. They did not do well. I transplanted to part sun part shade and the mini mauvettes have performed well. Looking forward to next season.

      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 42 weeks ago
    • Purchased from Lowe's and promptly planted in mid-July. Positioned in part sun with around 4 hours of direct sunlight and approximately 3 hours of dappled sunlight. Shielded from intense afternoon sun. The soil comprised a compost and native soil mix that has proven successful with numerous other native plant species, including other smooth hydrangeas. The plant looked great until a 4-day high-90s heatwave struck, followed by a 10-day period of significant rainfall. I checked it daily; it remained moist, was slightly dry on one day, and then became too wet during that 10-day period. I've come across several posts describing plants looking healthy and then suddenly wilting, going into decline after experiencing transplant-related stress. Add me to that list. Within 3 days, 2-3 leaves wilted. This evening, half the plant is weeping. Now in mid-August, I'm removing it from the ground. I'll need to stick to other cultivars moving forward, as I'm unable to figure out what went wrong.

      John M Taylor
      , Tennessee
      , United States
      , 43 weeks ago
    • This is by far the best and easiest Hydrangea arborescens variety I have grown here in England (Zone 8a). I have grown lime Rickey, Incrediball and Annabelle and these have all failed unfortunately. However this variety mini mauvette is great, it doesn’t flop despite the rain, it’s very compact too. The blooms are smaller than the other varieties but this is a good thing as it helps the plant stay upright. The leaves also stay a darker green colour and it appears that it doesn’t need as much feeding as other varieties.

      Kurt Ilko
      , United Kingdom
      , 44 weeks ago
    • I purchased 4 and 2022 is their 3rd summer, zone 6B,. Very beautiful blooms on sturdy stems that do not flop.. But a long bloomer or rebloomer THEY ARE NOT. No second flush or reblooming, it's once and done. I plan to dig them up are relocate them to a place less prominent in my garden, for a filler plant roll.

      Deborah Machado-Cole
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought three of these at three different nurseries. All three have died. They look fine for the first few weeks but then the leaves curl and the stems die back. I have watered appropriately. This is the same problem I have read in other reviews. This plant should be taken off the market. I have learned a lesson to always read the reviews on this web site before purchasing any proven winners shrubs.

      , Vermont
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I purchased last May (2021) from this website.....It bloomed nicely last year....but this year it has tripled in size and has multiple blooms coming....I covered it this past winter ...and it is beautiful now......would by again in a minute !!!!

      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I am a semi new gardner, really only jumping into it over the past 2-3 years. Last year I came across Mini Mauvette at Lowes in the clearance rack. They looked rough but the price was too good to pass up. I got four of them and planted them near the middle of May. I bought four and planted them in front of my house (south/south-west facing), in a bed that receives supplement water via drip. I was hesitant not only because of their condition they were in purchased but it starts heating up in SC around May. Last year was a bit of a struggle. Blooms faded fast and they would often wilt in the afternoon heat. I lost one and headed into 2022 with three. I trimmed back per recommendations (roughly a third) in late March and hoped for improvement this year. So far this year they have exceeded every expectation I had and contrary to many reviews I've read. As of this writing they are the all star of our front bed. Even in 90 degree heat we are getting at middle of June they stand proud all day. They are covered in blooms (all with 10+) and have put on noticeable size. From gallon plants that came to me looking half dead they all three now stand almost 3 feet tall and vary between two feet and three feet wide. Its easy to read reviews and potentially pass, I wouldnt blame anyone, I had regret after my impulse buy, but for me, in my area, in my experience, they have thrived. My wife has made multiple comments about them and I am looking to find more to put in front of our Incrediball hedge to contrast.

      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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