Hydrangea: Quick Fire – Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs

Hydrangea: Quick Fire – Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs

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 Seller | Long Blooming | Fall Interest | Deadheading Not Necessary
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

Characteristics

Duration:  Shrub
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Height Category:  Tall
Garden Height:  72 – 96 Inches
Spacing:  96 – 120 Inches
Spread:  72 – 96 Inches
Flower Colors:  Pink,  White
Flower Shade:  White changing to pink
Foliage Colors:  Green
Foliage Shade:  Green
Habit: Upright
Container Role:  Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement:  Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category:  Easy
Blooms On:  New Wood
Bloom Time:  Mid Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid Fall, Late Fall
Hardiness Zones:  3a3b4a4b5a5b6a6b7a7b8a8b
Water Category:  Average
Uses:  Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Landscape
Uses 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.



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