Love this shrub ! Poor thing is planted under my house overhang & facing North so doesn't get a lot of sun . It didn't do all that well the first year planted but it was a dry year here. This year made sure it was well watered & it had lots of flowers that gradually turned a lovely shade of dark pink . So glad I bought it to brighten up a dark area.
Quick Fire® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
- Part Sun to 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).
The first to bloom!
Quick Fire® hydrangea blooms about a month before any other panicle hydrangea - usually by 4th of July in our West Michigan trial gardens. Flowers open pure white then turn pink, and will be an extremely dark rosy-pink in the fall. The flower color on Quick Fire hydrangea is not affected by soil pH. Blooms on this super-hardy and easy to grow hydrangea are produced on new wood, which means that you will see flowers even after even the harshest winters. Beautiful for use as a cut (fresh or dried) flower. Unlike other panicle hydrangeas, Quick Fire also has excellent fall foliage color for a final hurrah before winter.
Top reasons to grow Quick Fire® hydrangea:
- the earliest blooming panicle hydrangea - gives you months and months of blooms.
- excellent fall color - blooms turn deep red, leaves turn gold and burgundy.
- lacecap variety attracts pollinators.Best SellerAward WinnerLong BloomingFall InterestDeadheading Not NecessaryAttracts:BeesButterflies
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:72 - 96 InchesSpacing:96 - 120 InchesSpread:72 - 96 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:White changing to pinkFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallBloom Time:Mid FallBloom Time:Late FallHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
A very hardy flowering shrub good for full sun locations - the hotter your climate, however, the more shade the plant will require. Perfect for a mixed container. Good for groupings and in mass plantings, shrub and perennial borders, as a specimen, a screen or a hedge.Maintenance Notes:
Panicle hydrangeas like Quick Fire are very easy to care for. They can grow in most soils, provided they are well-drained.
Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood, which means they can be pruned in spring and will still bloom that season. We recommend cutting them back by about one-third their total height in early spring, just as the new growth is beginning to emerge on the stems. This will serve to remove the spent blooms and ensure that the season's growth comes from the heavier, thicker buds further down the plant.
If blooms do not age to pink and red, this indicates that the plant is either in too much shade, that it experienced drought stress, or that night time temperatures were unusually high.Quick Fire® Hydrangea paniculata 'Bulk' USPP 16,812, Can 3,398
Maureen, Canada, 1 year ago
Planted 3 plants last yr and looking for more at local gardening stores. Mine were planted in the fall and almost instantly started turning pink! They require hardly any care my pup knocked some of the blooms off in the fall after they had turned pink and they came right back in the spring, (now guarded from the pup) I recommend these plants as they require little care for a lot of beauty...diane craig, Indiana, United States, 1 year ago
Robert C Wood, New Hampshire, United States, 3 years ago
Robert C Wood, New Hampshire, United States, 3 years ago
This shrub prefers full sun to light shade. Grown in part shade (6 hrs of sun/day or on the West side of a house) it takes 3 or more years to establish itself before becoming full and blooming well. I highly recommend this hydrangea for mostly sunny sites with good root mulch to help retain moisture. Based on its performance in my yard (West side, hot afternoon sun) I doubt it would perform well with Eastern or Northern exposure in all but the warmest, sunniest climates.Jayde, Wisconsin, United States, 4 years ago
Planted 3 Quickfire Last fall while they have grown and look healthy there has been no blooms. I am so disappointed! They easily get 6 hours of sun each day. I will probably ask for my money back if they do not bloom. I fetilized lightly this spring and did not cut back. They grew from abou 10" to about 24" tall. I have 4 limelights purchased from another source that are amazing and bloom profusely. Not sure what is going on.Elise Olsen, North Carolina, United States, 4 years ago
A great specimen plant, however it needs to be made deer resistant. Not two weeks after planting the leaves were stripped off. Other than that it is a great plant and I plan to use more.Tyler, Michigan, United States, 4 years ago
I have had this hydrangea for about 6 years now. While it was young I keep pruning it into a tree form. It is now full grown (8' tall) and is one of the most asked about shrubs in my garden. It is so showy and I just love how long the flowers keep that beautiful red color. It does not require a lot of upkeep. Just trimming off the dry flowers in Spring and light pruning. I am now anxious to get Little Quick Fire!Cheryl Dexter, New York, United States, 4 years ago
Flowers starts off with cream colored flowers , starts changing to light pink, deep pink, darkens through fall interesting, different form clusters of flowers...more free form.Janis Ripple, Michigan, United States, 6 years ago
We bought two of these about 2-3 months ago, planted them and they haven't skipped a beat. They bloom constantly, and at this writing, the flowers are changing to a deep rose color. They are flanking our garden gate just off our porch, and just light up the garden. No problems with these at all, they just make me smile whenever I see them. Easy to grow, I would recommend.Marguerite, West Virginia, United States, 6 years ago
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