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Invincibelle® Ruby Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 48 Inches
In spring we ship according to your plant zone.

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ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Invincibelle® Ruby Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
Sun 36 - 48


Red flowered smooth hydrangea!

The dark burgundy red flower buds of Invincibelle Ruby open to a two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink. The foliage is extra dark and stems are strong, making this new hydrangea a gem in any garden. It is a strong rebloomer that will be an excellent addition to any garden. Like other smooth hydrangeas, it flowers on new growth and so blooms every year without fail.

Awards: Green Thumb award, Direct Gardening Association; Bronze Medal, Plantarium 2016.

Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
Deadheading Not Necessary
Native to North America


Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
36 - 48 Inches
36 - 48 Inches
24 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
ruby red and silvery pink
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Border Plant
Mass Planting
Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

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

Maintenance Notes: 

Adaptable to most well-drained soils. Prune in late winter/early spring and apply a controlled-release fertilizer. Bloom color is not affected by soil pH.

Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA3' USPP 28,317, Can 5,623
  • When this plant arrived I wasn't impressed. It was lanky and weak. When it bloomed it looks stunning - until the weight of the flowers had the branches laying on the ground and looking incredibly sad. As well, I had to keep it watered well daily when July rolled around. ... With all that said, I pruned it back by 50% as the flowers began to fade. I read that for this type of hydrangea family a good cutting back makes for a stronger base for new growth (with less flopping flowers next year), but ended up pruning right away instead of waiting for fall. With that said, the plant looks really pathetic for a few weeks, then, to my surprise, it filled in more nicely after the prune. More branches and leaves. THEN... and I should add it is now mid-September, it bloomed again! And this time it is not flopping and looks beautiful.

    Needless to say, if you buy the tiny size of this plant (the $17.00-ish size) do expect it to need some serious babying (because, it is a baby). I was really bummed with it the first month or so, however, I am so happy with it now and absolutely can not wait until next year when it grows more and really shines! :-)

    Happy with this purchase!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    United States
    1 year ago
  • I ordered 6 of the 1 gallon Invincibelle Ruby to add to a 1 year old front garden that is in full sun. I loved the pictures and was so happy to learn that I could have hydrangea planted in a zone 7b full sun southern garden. The shrubs arrived smallish but gorgeous from the grower in late April. The week before they arrived, the planting area was tilled with compost and top dressed with 3 inches of mulch. I honestly believe the shrubs were planted in a well prepared area.

    By early May temps were climbing into the mid 80s. By June, the 90s. By July we were consistently hitting the high 90s with heat indices of 100+. I have deeply watered by hand on a regular basis. The 4 hydrangea that are in full sun are barely hanging on and 2 of them appear to now have powdery mildew. The 2 that are planted in part sun look better but are definitely not thriving.

    Although the information provided by PW states Full Sun up to zone 9b, be forewarned that a full sun southern garden is not a reasonable climate and probably not the best location for these hydrangea. Very disappointed and will not order again.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Lorena Cavanaugh
    United States
    1 year ago
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