Botanical Name: Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Common Name: Annabelle Hydrangea  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Annabelle hydrangea is a no-fuss hydrangea, well suited to a part or filtered-sun border or foundation planting. It has a rounded, dense form, and grows to about 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Leaves emerge a soft green and slightly pubescent, and grow into roundish, salad-plate-sized leaves. White flowers appear June thru August in huge, symmetrical, rounded heads which typically grow 8 to 12 inches across. Flowers persist well through the fall. Excellent cut fresh or dried. Wonderful in a shrub, mixed, or foundation border.
Grow in well-drained, loamy soil in part shade. Intolerant of drought, with foliage tending to decline considerably in dryish conditions, though it rebounds well. Unlike the pink or blue hydrange, Annabell grows well in our soils with little fuss or bother; just some mid-day shade and weekly-ish watering. Blooms on new wood, and may be pruned back close to the ground in late winter each year to revitalize and to encourage vigorous stem growth and best form. Plants may die to the ground in harsh winters. If not pruned back, any weakened and/or damaged stems should be removed in early spring. Pruning hard will keep it around 3 to 4 feet tall.