The Swan Hydrangea*
Hydrangea paniculata 'The Swan'
Hydrangea paniculata 'The Swan' in bloom
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 7 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4a
A newer variety with unusually large individual florets on very large flower heads, pure white fading to pinkish-brown; somewhat shrubby in habit, regular pruning required to remove old seed heads, needs slightly acidic well-drained soil
The Swan Hydrangea features bold conical white flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches from mid summer to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.
The Swan Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
The Swan Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
The Swan Hydrangea will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.
This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details