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Bobo® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
3' 4'
Height
2'6" - 3'
Spread
3' - 4'
  • Details

    Features

    Loads of flowers on a tiny plant!

    This dwarf panicle hydrangea will turn heads! Bobo® hydrangea is engulfed by large white flowers in summer. The flowers are held upright on strong stems, and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. No flopping, unlike some panicle hydrangeas! As blooms age, they turn pink. 

    It is compact and dwarf in habit, and the flowers cover every inch of the plant right down to the ground. This plant was developed by Johan Van Huylenbroeck, the same breeder that developed Pinky Winky® hydrangea.

    Bobo hydrangea is featured in our "Halfling" magazine ad.

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    Small or Miniature

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    48 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Flower Shade: 
    White summer flowers turn pink in autumn
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers good, loamy soil.  Adaptable to many soils, moderate moisture required. Blooms regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning. Prune in late winter/early spring.  Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs.  Follow the label recommendations for rates of application.

    Bobo® Hydrangea paniculata 'ILVOBO' USPP 22,782, Can 4,910
  • 35 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I planted two of these in early spring. They were on drip getting plenty of water but really suffered through summer. I dug them up and found very little root system. I put them in a 3 gallon container of potting soil and am babying them just praying they’ll pull through. Not impressed with this particular variety so far.

      Donna Fernandez
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 1 week ago
    • I have had great success with planting and growing hydrangeas of all different types. I have had zero luck with this bobo. I planted one in the ground about a month ago and it’s slowly dying. I bought one at the store last weekend and that one is dying at the same rate. I have no idea what the deal is with this hydrangea but I regret buying two of them.

      Kelly
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 14 weeks ago
    • After reading all the glowing reviews for this plant, I think I must be doing something wrong. I bought 3 of these hydrangeas about 5 years ago to put in a grouping. One is doing well, the second one is underwhelming, and the 3rd one is dying a slow death. I even lifted it and replanted it 2 years ago, but it hasn't made much of a difference. I have different hydrangeas all over my garden (incrediball, annabelle, limelight, quickfire, climbing hydrangea, endless summer, and a lace cap hydrangea). All my hydrangeas do well, except for the bobo's. I don't know if I just got a bad batch, with poor roots, or what else could be wrong, I expected a lovely, small hydrangea covered in blooms, but only the large one blooms. I had high hopes again this spring, but nothing has changed. I'm very disappointed, and would hesitate to replace these with the same variety.

      Terri
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 16 weeks ago
    • These plants have done great and grown rapidly . . . which has been both a blessing and a curse. They are supposed to be the front deciduous row of a staggered two-row foundation planting, and they have grown bigger than the evergreens behind them. We will have to find a new home for them. They are great plants, but they grow bigger than the sizes listed fairly quickly.

      Cory
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought 3 of these from Home Depot 3 years ago because the description indicated you could place them in a sunny area. The first year only 1 bloomed so I added bonemeal to the soil around the plants as I read this will help them bloom. It worked, all 3 are blooming and absolutely beautiful. My only complaint is that they are much larger than 36”. I’m sure their growth has much to do with being placed in a sunnier area (they get about 4 hours of sun per day). Unfortunately, they’ve already outgrown the area where planted and will need to be transplanted this Fall. So, if you are planning to plant in a sunny area, be aware that they will probably get bigger than what the label indicates. Mine are 4.5 ft. tall and over 3 ft. wide and gorgeous.

      Indiana Designer
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • The best dwarf paniculata on the market....so far. Great for smaller spaces. Blooms last very long but not as long as its bigger cousins, otherwise I'd have given it a 5 star review

      David LEVAN
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • We bought it from a local nursery (pots labeled proven winners) without blooms. Planted these three years ago in spring and it bloomed beautifully the first year. This so far, have been giving us more and more blooms every year, starting as a green foliage in spring to cones of white blooms in summer that turn pink in the fall. I keep them there through winter and the blooms look great for dried cuttings, they maintain their shape all the way to late winter/early spring when im ready to cut them down again. Now we ordered berry poppins and mr poppins online, and will probably come back to review it in a year or two from now.

      Charlyn
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • These are awesome! Bought them last year, snipped the top 2 inches or so this spring on the recommendation of a pro gardener. Didn’t bloom, didn’t bloom. Worried I cut wrong. Husband says wait. Mid-July In glorious bloom! They are so luscious, so full, so healthy looking! I’ve never reviewed a plant or flower before, but these are so gorgeous I may never but any thing but PW.

      Julie Ford
      , New York
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • LOVE. THIS. PLANT!! I want these all over my yard once we have new flower beds developed and a couple of trees further matured! Just gorgeous! Ordered 1 from PW and picked 2 up at my local garden center. Can't wait to watch them grow. Zone 7b 2 in full sun, 1 in partial sun.

      Heather Cole
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I have two Bobos planted in 3 foot tall pots at the end of my pool. They have flowered from the first season and are gorgeous. Covered in blooms, so much so that I don’t have to add any other plants to the pot. Worth the expense, but not really that expensive considering you don’t have to add anything. Definitely a thriller all by itself.

      Margaret cowan
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
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    2020 Consumer Top Hydrangeas University of Guelph
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