Annabelle Hydrangea

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Long Season of Beautiful Blooms Annabelle Hydrangea

  • Huge White Flower Heads
  • Bloom Last through Summer, Fall and Winter
  • Very Dependable Performance
  • Cut and Dried Flowers Make Incredible Indoor Decorations
  • Sophisticated Classic
  • Easy to Grow
  • Adaptable, No Need to Fuss with Soil pH
  • Sun or Partial Shade
  • Prune Once in Early Spring
  • Attracts pollinators

This outstanding ornamental shrub effortlessly elevates the tone of your landscape. Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle') makes a showy display of its pristine white flower color and enormous mopheads.

Plant them near a high traffic area. You won't want to miss a moment of this plant's spectacular blooms.

Annabelle Hydrangea was discovered in 1910 and remains one of the most popular landscape plants grown, with good reason. It can be grown over a wide range of hardiness zones, is easy and carefree, and produces the most incredible flower heads of sterile florets that can be a foot across.

The flower display is really the best. Massive, white, round balls are held above the foliage and have a showy bloom time from summer into winter.

Annabelle Hydrangea shrub is a star in every landscape. Fresh new green stems will produce massive flowers by June. Enjoy the flowers in the landscape on the plant and steal some blooms as needed throughout the summer for bouquets.

This is a dependable, proven performer that delivers spectacular blooms every single year. Dark-green foliage and sturdy stems are the perfect contrast for the pristine white flowers.

Hydrangea 'Annabelle' begins to create its stunning blooms in June and continues to be showy until it gets buried in snow. You'll be thrilled by the dazzling display of elegant Annabelle flowers throughout most of the year.

You'll look and hard to find another low-maintenance flowering shrub that grows as easily. It flourishes all across the country in just about any soil.

Use it throughout your landscape as a classy, structured plant. Order enough to complete your project today!

Here they'll dry and remain on the plant all winter long if you let them. We suggest that you leave them up for winter interest! You'll enjoy noticing how the dried blooms catch and sculpt the drifting snow.

You'll never be without beautiful blooms for cut flower arrangements. Stock up on cunning vases in a variety of shapes, as you'll want to use them throughout the house.

In fall, you can also start cutting dried flowers to bring indoors for use in seasonal dried arrangements. Punch up their impact with a light touch of coordinating, creamy white or metallic spray paint.

Mix up your plantings of Hydrangeas; Annabelles paired with the round Incrediball and the Limelight Hydrangea paniculata for an eye-catching display! A mixture of the different lacecap, mophead and panicle Hydrangea blooms looks incredible and you can enjoy reblooming varieties, different colors and sizes!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Unlike other, fussier Hydrangeas, you won't have to mess around with soil pH with Annabelle like you would bigleaf macrophylla Endless Summer Hydrangeas. This deciduous Smooth Hydrangea variety is adaptable to most soils, as long as they drain quickly. The root systems won't tolerate standing water, for long. However, Annabelle can be used near the edge of Rain Gardens.

Hardy in USDA growing zones 3-9, this variety has minimal pruning requirements and growing Hydrangeas like this is very easy. It blooms on new wood, so each year, you'll start over. 

Get out there every year in late winter, early spring. You'll simply snip all branches down to the ground and remove them. New shoots will grow and develop each year.

We recommend pruning Annabelle Hydrangea in spring, rather than fall. That way, you get a chance to enjoy the interesting dried flower heads all winter long. You need something to look at!

Annabelle performs best with full sun exposure of 6 hours of sunlight a day to produce a glorious flower display. Sunlight also allows the growth of nice, sturdy stems that effortlessly hold the huge blooms aloft.

The plant will tolerate a partial sun or part shade position—such as the east side of a house - but not full shade. Please ensure they receive at least 4 hours of light a day where you decide to place them. Dappled shade and afternoon shade are best.

However, don't plant Annabelle in full shade positions. If they don't receive enough sunlight, they will develop thinner stems that may have trouble supporting the large flower heads. Full shade will also limit flower production.

It can take more sun than most people think, especially if you provide a nice, thick layer of mulch over the root ball. Give Annabelle Hydrangea as much sun as you can by pruning nearby trees.

Provide an even amount of regular water, especially early in the season during flower development. Protect young plants with supplemental water as needed.

Use this easy test to see if your new plant needs water. Poke your finger into the nearby soil (yes, you can wear gloves). If it feels moist, no need to water that day. Check again tomorrow. If the ground is starting to get dry, give your new plant a nice long drink.

The massive, rounded, mophead flowers are actually corymbs that are comprised of many sterile florets. No need to worry about self-seeding or spreading out of bounds.

Whether this is your first yard, or your fifth - you will never regret using Annabelle Hydrangea in your yard. With enormous, pristine white blooms, lush foliage and a forgiving nature, she'll be your best friend. Get this flowering shrub off your wishlist and order at online garden center today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Annabelle Hydrangeas take full sun?

Annabelle Hydrangeas can take full sun when planted in cooler growing zones and when planted in moist, rich soil with a 3-4 inch layer of mulch over the soil surface. Hotter climates may see their plants wilt or even have sun scorch if not enough moisture or afternoon shade is provided.

How big does an Annabelle Hydrangea get?

A mature Annabelle Hydrangea can grow to 4-5 feet in height and span 3-5 feet wide in optimal conditions.

Do I cut back my Annabelle Hydrangea?

For size control or for shaping and renewal pruning, you can cut back Annabelle Hydrangea in early spring if needed.

Does Annabelle Hydrangea spread?

Annabelle Hydrangea does not spread by underground suckers or above-ground runners and stays in a neat, tidy mound.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Annabelle Hydrangea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes