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Late Panicled Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Preferred Habitat: does best in indirect lighting or dappled sunlight such as in the forest undergrowth in moist forests

Range: Native to Japan and China, does well in the southeastern United States as well as the moist Northwest

Height: up to 7.5 meters (25 feet)

Leaves: simple, opposite or whorled in arrangement, elliptic leaves are 6-12 cm long, finely toothed, shoots terminating with inflorescence are more likely to be whorled

Flowers: large bright white flowers turn pink as they age in late summer, 15 to 20 cm long pyramidal panicles contain both fertile and sterile flowers, the fertile ones are on inside, surrounded by sterile sepals

Fruit: capsules, plants with mostly sterile flowers do not bear many fruit

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: since it blooms on new wood, cultivators can trim to the ground each winter to have new growth the following season