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This versatile hydrangea tolerates a wide variety of conditions and is ideal for borders or natural areas. It benefits from an annual pruning in late winter to prevent the heavy blooms from flopping.

Latin Name

Hydrangea arborescens



Also Known As

Smooth Hydrangea Sevenbark

Type of Plant

Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season

June - September


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 5'
Max spread Max Spread: 5'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Full Shade Full Shade
    Part Shade Part Shade
    Part Sun Part Sun


  • Black Walnut
  • Clay Soil
  • Dry Soil
  • Wet Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil
  • Rabbit

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    Washington first purchased hydrangeas from John Bartram in 1792 to plant on the Bowling Green.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden Bowling Green

  • Upper Garden
  • Bowling Green

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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