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Invincibelle® Ruby Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

(7 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

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).

Flower Season
  • Summer
Mature Size
48" 36"
Height
36 - 48"
Spread
24 - 36"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 8

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

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    Features

    Ruby-red 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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    Red
    Flower Shade: 
    ruby red and silvery pink
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

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

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

    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® Ruby Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA3' USPP 28,317, Can 5,623
  • 7 Reviews

    • We purchased 4 Invincibelle Ruby 3 gallon plants from Pike Nurseries in the Spring. We are planting zone 8a. They were planted in full morning sun. The plants bloomed quickly but appeared more mauve pink rather than the "ruby" photo online and on the tag. When the hydrangea flower buds first develop they have somewhat of the ruby look you see on the tag and the online photo but quickly develop to an overall soft mauve color. Not what we hoped for. The flowers fade to a green color and the stems can't support the weight of the blooms and are laying on the ground. Perhaps as the plant becomes more established in our garden it will be able to support the weight of the blooms. We have recently moved these plants to a less prominent area since they are not the show stopping focal point that we hoped for. We paid over $40 a plant so we are not happy with the performance this season. Perhaps they will look better as they become more established in future seasons. We plan on adding plant support grids to the plants when they die back in the winter so next season they will have a better chance of the blooms being supported and not laying on the ground. Also as the plants mature the wood should become harder and more supportive we think. As other reviewers have stated this hydrangea, and in my experience all newly planted hydrangeas will need extra watering the first year or so. Especially in the humid South.

      Christine Quick
      North Carolina
      United States
      2 weeks ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Whoa! Only three and a half weeks after planting and the two Invicibelle Ruby we planted burst into flowers and looks very healthy! I would have settled for the nice dark green healthy foliage and did not expects it to flower so soon but wow, they look awesome!

      John Silverio
      New York
      United States
      48 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Whoa! Only three and a half weeks after planting and the two Invicibelle Ruby we planted burst into flowers and looks very healthy! I would have settled for the nice dark green healthy foliage and did not expects it to flower so soon but wow, they look awesome!

      John Silverio
      New York
      United States
      48 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This plant is in its 2nd full season and looking very good. The stems are definitely stronger (better) than Annabelle. I deadhead it once a month or so and it blooms beautifully from mid-June to frost. It's planted in a west-facing area, somewhat protected from the strong winds we get at the edge of the Eastern plains in Colorado. An easy-care, long-blooming, lovely plant.

      Katannya Walkker
      Colorado
      United States
      51 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • This is an update to an earlier review - I reviewed Invincibelle Ruby Hydrangea in spring of 2016 after planting 6 of them in a relatively new garden, followed by a very hot and dry summer. I was unhappy with the performance of them even though the website said they should be planted in full sun in a zone 7b. I really coddled these plants the first year and hoped I could keep them alive. They were watered every day that summer. Last year, I continued to baby them still not sure they would survive long term. However, they survived well enough for me to buy a 7th one. Fast forward to late May 2018. They have just started blooming and they are stunning. All 7 of these beauties have settled in and are doing wonderfully. I never imagined how strong and beautiful they would be or how much I would enjoy them. As I expand the garden around the house and into the back yard, I will be adding more Invincibelle Ruby Hydrangeas. My best advice is this - plant them in the early fall and be prepared to water, water, water for the first couple of years, lots of compost, and lots of mulch while they establish. I think planting them in a southern climate in the spring is just too hard on them but the one I planted in 2017 in the fall has done exceptionally well compared to the first year of the other 6.

      Lorena Cavanaugh
      Tennessee
      United States
      1 year ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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!

      KC
      Connecticut
      United States
      2 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

      Lorena Cavanaugh
      Tennessee
      United States
      2 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
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