Hydrangea arborescens Ruby Annabelle (flowerhead detail)

Hydrangea arborescens Ruby Annabelle


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Hydrangea arborescens Ruby Annabelle is a new variety of the understandably popular Annabelle family of hydrangeas, with the same firework explosion of florets, but in this case in a blaze of deepest pink. The result is dazzling, but rather than a flat colour, each floret appears to have been flooded with colour from behind, creating a visual depth, shading from deepest red to cream. The fresh, attractively veined foliage offsets the ruby colour and because it is compact in habit, this hydrangea can be planted in multiples to create a glorious, low hedge.

In a botanical tour de force, as unlikely as bumble bees flying, the huge flowering heads of Annabelle hydrangeas are held aloft without dropping (as long as they are not thirsty). The visual effect produces a magical display which adds structure to border schemes or dynamic interest as specimen planting. 

Deciduous shrubs, hydrangeas are native to China and Japan and are very hardy. H. arborescens Ruby Annabelle looks spectaular in a large container but requires proper watering.

Pot Size: 3L

Hardiness: Hardy to –30°C

Height and Spread: 120cm x 120cm

Preferred Soil Type: Any moisture-retentive soil

Position: Sheltered

Aspect: Full sun / partial shade

Flowering Period: late July – September

Care: Water generouslly, especially if planted in a container. Prune in spring as soon as the risk of frost is over.