Hydrangea arborescens 'Eco Pink Puff'
A new and very welcome form of arborescens form the USA. Huge pink to red flowers, are striking and the difference from the white flowering form the classic ‘Annabelle,’ of course one of the most loved Hydrangeas. For me the pink red version, ‘Eco Pink Puff’ is just as a must have shrub as the white flowering ‘Annabelle, both have flowers that bloom the longest of most shrubs.
Hydrangea arborescens is a medium sized bushy deciduous shrub with broadly oval leaves with very large spherical heads of white flowers up to 25cm wide, that flower all through summer. The display however does not finish when the leaves drop and the petals fade in Autumn, the them colourless petals stay on the plant holding the spherical shape they did through the summer. This gives a wonderful affect and structure throughout the Autumn when the herbaceous and deciduous plants are all losing there drama. Then when the winter frosts come this structure is frozen to make the plant come alive again.
DFG rating: 9/10
RHS pruning group: 7
Leaves: Deciduous, light green, soft and hairy.
Flowers: Pink, light and dark pinks, large and flat.
Soil Ph: Lightly Acidic.
Hardiness: Hardy, can have damaged stems during Winter, but prune all stems low to the ground anyway in Spring.