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Praecox Hydrangea*

Hydrangea paniculata 'Praecox'

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Praecox Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Praecox') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Praecox Hydrangea in bloom

Praecox Hydrangea in bloom

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Praecox Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Praecox') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Praecox Hydrangea flowers

Praecox Hydrangea flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3


A showy garden shrub valued for its cone-shaped panicles of mixed sterile and fertile white flowers which appear in early summer, blooms well in shade; somewhat coarse in appearance, regular pruning recommended; needs slightly acidic well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Praecox Hydrangea features bold conical white flowers at the ends of the branches from early 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.

Landscape Attributes

Praecox Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Praecox Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Praecox Hydrangea will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 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 microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Ornamental Features