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Invincibelle® Spirit Smooth Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

(23 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" 48"
Height
36 - 48"
Spread
36 - 48"

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

    Thank you for your interest in Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea. Plese note that this plant has been replaced with the improved variety, Invincibelle Spirit II.

    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 fundraisers hosted at garden centers across North America have raised over $900,000 - over 90% of the way to our million dollar goal!

    Find out more about the Invincibelle Spirit campaign for a cure.

    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spacing: 
    48 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Shade: 
    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: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Pink summer flowers add rich color to summer landscapes. Excellent native plant for mixed borders or perennial 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® Spirit Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA1' USPP 20,765, Can 4,159
  • 23 Reviews

    • When I bought three of these in 2 gallon pots at the local nursery, I was told it would take aboit 3 years to establish itself. It has been 3 years, and one has died, one grows well, and the third is amazing. It is covered in blooms and the stems are almost 5ft. tall. Because the blooms are heavy, I have put a wire cage around it which is completely hidden by the foliage and blooms. Very happy!

      Laurie
      Ontario
      Canada
      2 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • This plant is amazing!! Bought In Costco. Has survived 3 winters in Prince George B.C. (Zone 3). All summer and into late fall, continuous gorgeous blooms. Great to look at in the garden, and great to pick as a bouquet. Large blooms in shades of light to dark pink and to faded rose colours, now about 3 feet tall, 4 feet wide. Planted on the north west side of our house, only late afternoon sun, and grows so well. I plan to plant more in the spring. You will not be disappointed! Would share a photo, but do not know how.

      Sherry
      British Columbia
      Canada
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Very unhappy with performance of this shrub after its been in the ground 4 years. Flops and bloom size not great. Incrediball is far superior in every way.

      Sandi Lehman
      New York
      United States
      3 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Very unhappy with performance of this shrub after its been in the ground 4 years. Flops and bloom size not great. Incrediball is far superior in every way.

      Sandi Lehman
      New York
      United States
      3 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • 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.

      Barb
      New York
      United States
      4 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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 Siemer
      Missouri
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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 Angel
      New Jersey
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Jarod Keith
      Mississippi
      United States
      5 years ago
      Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    • 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 Wilson
      Ohio
      United States
      6 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • 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 !

      J
      6 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
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