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Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

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


    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
    36 - 48 Inches
    30 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    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
  • 29 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • 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
      , 37 weeks 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
      , 42 weeks 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
      , 47 weeks 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
      , 48 weeks ago
    • Update. Mauvette was gorgeous upon initial blooming but shriveled and died soon after. Very sad.

      Marie White
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I'm a professional landscaper and I planted 25 of these in an area at my own home where they are well taken care of. They do not perform like proven winner plants do. I replaced all 25 so now out of 50 I have five growing successfully. They have proper soil conditions, proper water, proper light, but the leaves just curl up and they die even after a couple months of success. I will say though they grow fabulous in a nursery pot. I will never sell this plant to my customers, ever.

      , Iowa
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I live in a cold climate zone5 Canada and this plant is not really hardy. I bought 2 plants few years a go. One died and the other is barely living. Stems died back to ground with very weak growth; not a vigorous plant for cold climate. Will shovel prune it next year if will not thrive. I would recommend invincible Ruby which is much more vigorous and hardy.

      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • I live in Beautiful Michigan... Zone 6. I bought this hydrangea in December while dormant.. I picked one that had strong thick stems and large flower heads still attached although brown from dormancy. I planted it in December right before snow began. In a part shade to shady area. It was pruned in Spring. It looks MAGNIFICENT!!!!! bloom heads are large as well as PLENTIFUL and the leaves are lush. Its Gorgeous and the bloom heads have not even turned pink yet... I think this hydrangea prefers a part shade area that never gets strong sun. I am a hydrangea addict... I have multiple limelights, incrediballs, quick fire, one fire light, and many other hydrangeas.. My suggestion.. Plant them in the Autumn or Early Spring like April.

      Marie White
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought 7 in the early spring of 2020, $20 each, from a local greenhouse. I put some compost in the hole before planting, and watched them over the summer. They were about a foot tall then, in the fall they were about 18”. I cut them back by a third in early winter and hoped for the best. Right now, June, 2021, they are all about 2 ft high with 10-15 early blooms each. As I did last year, if the soil seems dry, I will water (I did once last summer) I bought them knowing I might have to ‘baby’ them throughout their lives – that doesn’t bother me – the kids have moved out and I have time for my flowers! Reason I bought this particular plant: Our house is a ‘folk Victorian,’ not huge, and since Victorians in my mind are surrounded with Hydrangeas, I needed something smaller. We are closer to the sidewalk, so anything huge would overpower the house, so I was hoping these would do. It’s spring of 2121 and so far – perfect! Also, I used to be in a Zone 5, but the map has us now at Zone 6. I bought these because the flowers would complement my front door, which they do - the flowers turned a bright, beautiful purpley-pink! The flowers were not large, hopefully they will be bigger this year. I will try to update this, if there are any pleasant surprises or disappointments.

      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I purchased one of these in 2019 but after about a month the leaves started to curl up and dry out then eventually drop off. I watered appropriately and it got plenty of sun. I purchased another in 2020 because it thought perhaps it was just me and that I had inevitably done something wrong. The same thing happened with the second one. Very disappointed and by the other reviewers here it seems they have had the same problem. Very frustrating when you spend over $80 on these two shrubs for them to die off. I do have other perennials in the area that are doing well so it isn't a soil or care issue.

      , North Dakota
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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