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Invincibelle® Spirit Smooth Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 48 Inches
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Invincibelle® Spirit Smooth Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
Part Sun to Sun 36 - 48

Features

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.

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

Characteristics

Duration: 
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
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, 8b, 9a, 9b
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: 

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 $900,000 - over 90% of the way to our million dollar goal!

Find out more about the Invincibelle Spirit Breast Cancer campaign.

Invincibelle® Spirit Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA1' USPP 20,765, Can 4,159
  • 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sherry
    Prince George
    British Columbia
    Canada
    3 min ago
  • 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.

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

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

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Barb
    Sackets Harbor
    New York
    United States
    1 year 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Cheryl Siemer
    Saint Louis
    Missouri
    United States
    2 years 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!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Lori ~ Garden Angel
    Glen Rock
    New Jersey
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Jarod Keith
    Hattiesburg
    Mississippi
    United States
    2 years 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.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Kevin Wilson
    Oxford
    Ohio
    United States
    3 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 !

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    J
    3 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.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Cheryl Beaton
    Riverside
    Illinois
    United States
    3 years ago
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