5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Hydrangea 'Vanille Fraise' Overview
Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise' is a large-flowered deciduous shrub cultivar that produces loose, fluffy large panicles of tiny flowers that form a pyramid shape. They appear from mid-summer to mid-autumn, starting out as creamy white, turning to shades of pink as they age. The branches turn red in summer. Hydrangea 'Renhy' - as 'Vanille Fraise' is also known - is hardy and a strong grower whose branches spread horizontally and it is a lovely cultivar that also makes an attractive addition to fresh and dried flower arrangements. For optimum growth, the lovely Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise' likes moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil and a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Ideal in borders of most kinds, from cottage gardens to courtyards, it is also suited to coastal conditions and it makes a good cut flower. Its low maintenance properties make it a popular choice among gardeners, as it only needs a gentle prune in spring (cut back to a healthy pair of buds). Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise' is the preferred selling name for Hydrangea paniculata 'Renhy' (PBR) and is protected under intellectual property laws by Plant Breeders' Rights. These provide the breeder of new plants exclusive control over the plant material for a set amount of time.
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How to propagate Hydrangea 'Vanille Fraise'
Take softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter.
Special features of Hydrangea 'Vanille Fraise'
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Hydrangea 'Vanille Fraise'
A low maintenance shrub that can be used as hedging or to provide screens, it also suits informal cottage, coastal or courtyard gardens. Cut flowers - fresh or dried.