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Invincibelle Wee White® Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
2'6" 2'6" 76cm 76cm
Height: 12" - 2'6"
Spread: 12" - 2'6"
Height: 30cm - 76cm
Spread: 30cm - 76cm
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  • Details

    12 - 30 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    12 - 30 Inches
    30cm - 76cm
    61cm - 91cm
    30cm - 76cm


    The biggest thing to happen to hydrangeas happens to be tiny!

    Invincibelle Wee White® hydrangea is positively ground-breaking: it's the first dwarf 'Annabelle' type hydrangea in the world! This cute little landscape plant ensures that any landscape can enjoy the reliability, low-maintenance, and season-long beauty of hydrangeas. It reaches just 1-2.5' (.3-.7 m) tall and naturally grows as a tidy, rounded mound. Each flower emerges an almost white, blush pink before changing to creamy white, and is held up on a strong, supportive stem for a display that looks more like a bouquet of flowers than a landscape plant. Blooming begins in early summer and continues through frost, with new flowers appearing the whole time. Versatile and floriferous, it just might be the solution to your landscape problems. Winner of the 2018 Direct Gardening Association Green Thumb award; available in better garden centers in spring 2018.

    Top three reasons to grow Invincibelle Wee White hydrangea:

    1. The only dwarf 'Annabelle' hydrangea in the world.

    2. Strong stems hold the flowers upright, even after summer storms.

    3. Reblooming for months of fresh flowers.

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    12 - 30 Inches 30cm - 76cm
    24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cm
    12 - 30 Inches 30cm - 76cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    You can use Invincibelle Wee White hydrangea in almost any landscape application. It's an especially nice choice for easy-care summer interest for foundation plantings or flower beds.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    We recommend a minimum of six hours of bright sun for all smooth hydrangeas like Invincibelle Wee White. Sun ensures the strongest stems and the most blooms. In hot climates, afternoon shade is a good idea, but some sun is still imperative for best performance.

    Pruning is very simple for Invincibelle Wee White hydrangea: just cut the whole plant back by about one-third its total height each spring, just as the new growth begins to appear on the stems. This serves to preserve the woody base while encouraging new growth for maximum blooms. 

    A 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) thick layer of shredded bark mulch is smart for all hydrangeas, which tend to have shallow roots. If desired, fertilize in early spring with a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer.

    Fun Facts: 

    Smooth hydrangeas like Invincibelle Wee White are native to much of southeastern and central North America - you may even find one on a hike, though it won't look like the showy mophead varieties we grow in our gardens.

    Invincibelle Wee White® Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA5' USPP 30,296, Can 6,345
  • 35 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I agree with most comments of disappointment in the Wee the Chicagoland area. I have 14 and 7 are in full sun . They did not stay white long and now have burned. The other 7 are in more shade. They are all a lime green. I’m hoping next year when more established they will look better.

      Kathleen Oedzes
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 41 weeks ago
    • SO CUTE. I have two of these, one is in a pot and the other in the ground. Although the garden plant is a year older, both are about 13-inches tall. (The potted plant is in the sun and gets more of my attention.) Flowers are minimal on both but I suspect they will increase with time. I, too, was sort of bummed to findWee White flowers looking pretty dingy. Trade one for a pistachio green!

      Bonnie Lynn
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I am an avid and knowledgeable gardener. I did extensive research on the Proven Winners site regarding all their new hydrangeas. Our local nursery had these hydrangeas. We bought and planted 15. They all turned lime green within days of planting! I went back to the site to reread the description and nothing is said about them turning green. This is so disappointing as I did my research and wanted a small “white” hydrangea not a Limelight!

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I purchased two of these about 3 years ago, During the first year, one died. I tried to save it. After having a problem with the first one that I planted in the ground, I was hesitant to plant the other one. Instead, I increased pot size when needed and planted in early fall. This one made it but it struggled at times in the pot. The following spring arrived and I was excited to see how this hydrangea would perform. I was not impressed at all. After a summer of a couple blooms and barely any growth, I moved it in the fall. I was taking a risk but at this point I was determined to get this plant going. After the move,, the following year it performed better and this past season it really started growing in the late summer, We had a lot of rain, too much.. I believe it caused problems with a lot of plants, low bloom counts and size along with rot problems for some species that were young/not established or less tolerant of constant moist soil. However, this hydrangea finally took off late summer when the constant rainy days ended. It had about 15 blooms in late fall and kept producing blooms until the weather got too cold. I live in zone 6b, Boston area. The fall blooms for hydrangeas usually don’t put on the best show, they typically bloom some and the others don’t make it due to the cold weather.. So, I will have to update my review of Wee White (The blooms are not as white as shown/advertised and they also seem smaller then specified. I know the more blooms, the smaller the bloom. Although, it was fall. Next spring/summer I will give another review. I wish I could post pictures because I take pictures of my garden and all new flowers to have in case a plant doesn’t make it due to the health upon arrival. I have to mention that Bluestone Perennials does honor what they say. Anytime, I had an issue with a plant from them, I was shipped a replacement plant and usually more then one. They shipped me three campanula birch hybrids two seasons after purchasing them because I commented on Pinterest that they were not performing as advertised. A few days later, I received an e-mail from them informing me that they were sorry to hear about my experience with them and will send me replacement plants in the Spring. Sure enough come the Spring and three Campanula Birch Hybrids were at my front door. I highly recommend them. However, if you are looking for roses they don’t sell them. I would recommend Jackson & Perkins for roses. When it comes to roses, J&P most likely has it or a partner company will have it.

      Michelle McFaun
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I bought and planted 6 of these earlier this spring and all of them bloomed! I cut them back and had a 2nd round during the fall months! Absolutely love how much sun they can take (we face West) and their size makes hydrangeas accessible to everyone.

      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Improve this variety Invincibelle Wee White® 2.0 Hydrangea ! I believe in you, you can do it, you are the best in the world!

      Tatyana Beliayeva
      , New York
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Very disappointed in this plant Bought 3 Apiril 2020 Very weak branches flop over are not strong enough to support blooms. Weak spindly looking plants even though planted in sunny location One plant did not bloom at all very poor growth All fertilized initially with organic transplanter fertilizer then rose food this year Do not recommend

      Anne Edwards
      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
    • Like many others, I ordered three of these, and am greatly disappointed. Blooms burn out so fast the shrub just looks like brush. Debating what to do about them.

      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • IT gets better with age and can sometimes bloom wee lime to creamy white to white. I think its the acidity or alkalinity of my soil because as soon as I added nutrients and amended the soil it bloomed the following time whiter. Maybe PW should post Soil ph details under the Sun details for us newbie hydrangea owners not familiar with its ph sensitive blooms/changing shades. Love them all the same, wee lime or wee white.

      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
    • I purchased 3 Wee Whites 3 years ago. I am very happy with them - they are just the look I was going for. They probably get 6 hours of sun. What I've discovered (for my garden) is that I need to be sure they are getting enough water and that they have enough mulch to keep their shallow root systems cool. Otherwise. I will definitely get scorching - which is not pretty and makes for a disappointing season when they are so pretty otherwise. Also, for my situation (soil, light, zone...), they take a little while to get to that pretty white (though they're never as white as say, my Mock Orange bush), but they get there, and I will be purchasing additional sweet Wee Whites.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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