I have 6 of these hydrangeas. They are beautiful! Five are in full sun and one in morning sun only. All six are covered in flowers. I'm going to order one for a very shaded area. If it only does half as well as the others, I will be happy.
Invincibelle® Spirit Smooth Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
- Hardy Zones
- 3 - 9
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 36 - 48 Inches
Rich pink flowers bloom from early summer to frost. Dark pink buds open to hot pink flowers which then turn soft pink as they mature, finally changing to green at the end of their life cycle. Very hardy. Reliable bloomer. Native.
Pink summer flowers add rich color to summer landscapes. Excellent native plant for mixed borders or perennial gardens.
May be pruned back in late winter to encourage strong new growth and blooming. Adaptable to most moist, well drained soils. Bloom color is not affected by soil pH.
Our native smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) has come a long way in its lifetime, especially since the 1910 discovery of ‘Annabelle’ in Anna, IL – a now-famous variety whose name has become synonymous with the white, snowball-like summer blooms. Well, there’s a new belle of the ball, and she’s radiant in pink. Yes, pink. Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea is the first pink hydrangea of its kind, bringing all the hardiness and reliability of the smooth hydrangea, with a splash of color. When your bigleaf hydrangea varieties let you down with buds zapped by fickle spring temperatures, Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea will perform and perform… and perform as it continually blooms in nonstop waves from mid-summer until frost. It’s hardy to Zone 3 and prefers full sun but will tolerate part shade.
Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea is an overachiever. If breakthrough color and reliable performance weren’t enough, it also stands tall for a cause. Since its introduction in 2010, $1 from each plant sold is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). Sales of the plant and corresponding Pink Day fundraises hosted at garden centers across North America have raised over $730,000 – 73% of the way to our million dollar goal! Based on BCRF’s system of quantifying dollars in action, this represents approximately 14,600 hours of research. That’s one powerful hydrangea!
- BarbSackets HarborNew YorkUnited States18 weeks ago
Not our favorite by a long shot. Did not perform the first few years. It is a nice big bush now, but the stems are so weak that the blossoms just flop to the ground and on one another. The blossoms shed terribly when I cut them for arrangements. This is not what I expected. One thing in her favor...She's been in the ground about 5 years and her blossoms are very large, not as large as Endless Summer, but nice.Cheryl SiemerSaint LouisMissouriUnited States1 year ago
this plant gets better over time - has a unique stature, color and bloom time in my garden
and as a plant professional, i bring it into all garden designs that i can!Lori ~ Garden AngelGlen RockNew JerseyUnited States1 year ago
- Jarod KeithHattiesburgMississippiUnited States1 year ago
Very poor production plant.
Branching is exceptionally weak
Bloom is dirty pink & often flops to the ground
I've tried to grow it for over 4 years in several sites.
Poor performer.Kevin WilsonOxfordOhioUnited States2 years ago
Planted an Invincibelle Spirit last year. Did well, bloomed but weak stems. Cut it back in late winter; dropped a bit of fertilizer in early spring as recommended. Looks amazing already (it's late May); much stronger stems than last year, and already about 4" taller/wider than last year. Looks great - can't wait to see the blooms again !J2 years ago
I'm going into my 3rd spring/summer with this plant. So far the best thing I can say is, it hasn't died. Last summer it had 3 blooms, none of which grew beyond 6in. It is about the same height and width as when planted, maybe smaller ( went in as a 3gal). Everything around it is doing very well, including other hydrangea.Cheryl BeatonRiversideIllinoisUnited States2 years ago
Great plant the best hydrangea I have grown.
Picture of my plant can be seen at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/natesplants/6158794804/in/photostreamNate Abbott4 years ago
Nice plant that will take full sun in my area.Barbara Bowen4 years ago
Its first full year. Planted it in dry shade and it's a very dry summer. Very unhappy--weak stems, small uninteresting colored flowers. Some stems totally wilted and died. Cut it way back in July during blooming--that's how bad it was. Will transplant to sunnier location.Jeanneius4 years ago
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