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Pinky Winky® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

  • 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
  • Fall
Mature Size
96" 96"
72 - 96"
72 - 96"
  • Details


    Huge two-toned blooms!

    Pinky Winky has an unusual name, and an even more unusual flower. The large white panicles open in mid to late summer, and as summer turns to fall the florets at the base of the panicles turn pink. The flower panicles continue to grow, producing new white florets at the tip. The result is spectacular two-toned flower panicles that can reach up to 16 inches in length! This is a real show-stopper that's also very easy to grow. Adaptable to most soils and both sun and shade, Pinky Winky will thrive in most gardens.

    Best Seller
    Fall Interest
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    84 - 108 Inches
    72 - 96 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Two-toned pink and white
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Uses Notes: 

    An outstanding specimen plant or element in the mixed border. It can also be grown in the cutting garden.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers good, loamy soil. Adaptable to many soils, moderate moisture required. Blooms regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning. Can be easily maintained as a smaller plant or trained into a small tree. Prune in late winter/early spring. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label recommendations for rates of application.

    Pinky Winky® Hydrangea paniculata 'DVP PINKY' USPP 16,166, Can 2,889
  • 61 Reviews

    • I found this to be a poor bloomer. Had many panicles on the scrub but very sporadic flowers. Lots of space between each bloom. Look stragely and blooms.are dry and stiff. Gets the right amount of sun and water. Many others I've seen in my area look similar.

      Shelli Haipek
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 28 weeks ago
    • This was one of my favorites that always drew compliments. I found it easy to grow and within a few seasons it was a substantial shrub. I trimmed it up to expose the trunk. I plan to purchase several more to create more of a hedge. Zone 5B. Planted in decent soil, full sun

      Kathy Grisz
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 37 weeks ago
    • Purchased the Pinky Winky seven years ago and it has never gotten bigger than 1' in height with only one year producing a flower. The first few years it was planted in a full sun location and last year I moved it in a location that allows a couple of hours of shade. It isn't doing any better than before. It seems happy where it is but just won't grow. I have tried giving it bone meal, fertilizer, and water it regularly but somehow I think it is a dudd. I would love one that actually grows normal, but am gunshy in purchasing another one for fear the same thing happens. My husband keeps saying "get rid of it", but I keep hoping some day it will grow.

      , Manitoba
      , Canada
      , 38 weeks ago
    • I'm pretty sure that "MK, Washington" with the three star review down there was me. I can't believe I felt that way only 4 years ago! The time must be wrong. I trained it into a tree shape and it was a love affair ever after. I did place it badly - it hung out over the driveway and the it and its constant supply of bees were a bit of a hazard, but I loved it. I couldn't wait for it to bloom. It really gave character and structure to the entire yard. Then it died suddenly winter before last for no obvious reason. I'm here today to replace it, so yes, I'd recommend it. Ignore that other me.

      , Washington
      , United States
      , 40 weeks ago
    • You can't find a better flowering shrub. Easy to maintain with amazing blooms. It does best when trimmed back to create strong stems. I have several from full sun and some in shady spots. I have neighbours come to my door and ask what the are. I see people drive by to take pictures. They will be the centre piece of any yard.

      , Alberta
      , Canada
      , 40 weeks ago
    • Pinky Winky has exceeded my expectations. I have planted it three years ago on the North side of my home where it receives very little sun. In the winter, this border is very windy and the last one to emerge from the snow and ice, which does not seem to bother the shrub. In our eastern Canada cimate, it blooms profusely in August.

      Guylaine Jean-Gagnon
      , New Brunswick
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • I've had my Pinky Winky for 5 years. It gets very few blooms and is not as full as it should be. It gets just 3 to 4 hours of sunlight a day and is on the dry side of my house. May be planted in the wrong spot. I live in zone 5a.

      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Pinky Winky is a star in my hydrangea garden. Huge blooms atop nice upright stands out in front of its limelight neighbors. It blooms in late June in the north Georgia mountains and continues until fall. I love it.

      Judy Brooten
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Pinky Winky has been in our yard for 7 years. We are zone 3a-4 in this area of Alberta. Pinky has been fantastic. Have it planted in a wind shelted area.. part sun to fun sun. We use "spike" fertilizer once per year and compost the drip area every fall. Our soil is heavy black clay and have to compost all plantings to give them a fighting chance. Pinky is one of out STAR performers.

      Judith B Edwards
      , Alberta
      , Canada
      , 4 years ago
    • I bought this shrub about 6 years ago at a garden center that was selling it for half price as they were having a hard time keeping their plants watered during a very hot dry summer at that time. My neighbors thought I was nuts when I brought it home as most of the leaves were dried out and many of the branches were bare. Well it is 6 years later and after a lot of TCL it now thanks me with an abundance of beautiful blooms. I would highly recommend!

      Cheryl Dexter
      , New York
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
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