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Cityline® Paris Bigleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
2' 3' 61cm 91cm
Height: 12" - 2'
Spread: 12" - 3'
Height: 30cm - 61cm
Spread: 30cm - 91cm
  • Details

    12 - 24 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    12 - 36 Inches
    30cm - 61cm
    91cm - 1.2m
    30cm - 91cm


    The reddest hydrangea out there!

    Ooh la la! The tight, compact habit of Cityline Paris hydrangea makes it a well-behaved garden or landscape plant, while its vivid deep red flowers make a bold and stylish statement. One of the smallest hydrangeas on the market, it does not need pruning (in fact, don't prune it at all!) and its deep green mildew-resistant foliage looks handsome all season. Cityline Paris keeps its red color in most any soil, developing only purplish centers in acidic soils.

    Top reasons to grow Cityline Paris hydrangea:

    - the reddest flower color of any big-leaf hydrangea

    - the smallest and most compact of any hydrangea

    - very disease resistant and low maintenance. 

    Salt Tolerant
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    12 - 24 Inches 30cm - 61cm
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    12 - 36 Inches 30cm - 91cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Uses Notes: 

    Great landscape plant adds a dash of bright color. Good in groupings or masses, in a perennial or shrub borders, as a specimen, screen or hedge. Use in mixed containers, containers, and as a cut flower.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Best in well-drained soil that has been amended with peat moss, leaf mold or compost. Flourishes by the ocean. Pruning is usually not needed, but may be pruned immediately after flowering. Prefers moist soils. May need winter protection in northern areas. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application. Flower color is affected by pH. For blue flowers, the soil must be more acidic. Apply aluminum sulfate to the soil to encourage blue flowers.

    Cityline® Paris Hydrangea macrophylla 'Paris Rapa' USPP 10,906
  • 51 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Many years ago the bright red blooms on Paris hydrangea at a garden centre enticed me to buy it. At the time I knew very little about hydrangea types. I did not know that Paris bloomed on old wood. If a severe winter kills most of the branches, the plant starts again from scratch with new wood, so no blooms. For many years I tried winter protection without any success. Last fall I mounded the base with peat moss, covered the plant with straw, then placed a garden blanket over the straw. We had a normally cold winter similar to places in many northern states (Michigan, Minnesota, etc.). The hydrangea is blooming beautiful red blooms! First time!. Hydrangeas like Annabelle and paniculata hydrangeas (Pinky Winky, Fire Light etc.) thrive better in northern climates with much less care.

      Mike Catling
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • If planted in the right conditions, this plant thrives and is absolutely beautiful! However, it needs certain growing conditions. It loves almost full shade. I have four of these under a Japanese maple tree that receive dappled morning sun and stay fairly moist. Blooms grow on old wood so pruning after August you will cut off next years blooms. Plus, why would you want to prune and cut the blooms?!!! It grows only 2 - 2 1/2 feet tall and is a nice compact shape. The blooms are absolutely beautiful in the fall. In zone 7B, this plant begins with a cream with red margin bloom, then turns to a vibrant red throughout the summer, then turns a light green/chartreuse color in early fall and as the temperature drops the bloom color changes to a speckled reddish/burgundy color. I keep the dried blooms for winter interest and finally remove the dried blooms when it begins to leaf in late spring. Stems are strong and there is no flopping. If we get a late frost, it can kill some of the buds so less blooms for the following season. I fertilize in mid to late spring. It puts on a great show and I am never disappointed!

      Mary Grace
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • got 3 of these in 2019 at Sullivans in Indy and the first summer they were in bloom when I purchased them. Since then 1 has bloomed with only 2 blooms, 2 have never bloomed and look terrible. I've tried to amend soil, and even put more light on them using a solar light since I have them in part sun/part shade I thought they needed more light stimulation. After that one plant grew about 4" and one that had not bloomed produced 1 bloom. I'm reading these other great successes and thinking I may dig and put in my garage for the winter and use them as pot plants each summer. Lot of work but I just would love to have them thrive and bloom!

      Joyce Bolander
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I have grow this gorgeous plant at two different residences and they have performed beautifully at both locations in NC. They get a little morning sun, then shade then a couple of hours of afternoon sun. Apparently they love it.

      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I have grown two of these in pots for three years now. They are stunning beautiful. Every year, full of blooms. The flowers stay on the branch till frost, look great all the time. In my area, I think this plant is full shade. At first I put them in my patio which has about 4 hours direct sun, they got sun burn immediately. Then I moved them to my front porch on the stairs, and they still got some sun burn for 1 hour sun, Since I moved them into a spot without direct sun, they have been thriving. The whole plants are covered with flowers now. When all the flowers are in bloom, you can barely see the green leaves.

      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Just reading reviews & must agree, does not bloom much!!! This will be year 5 so I'm hoping perhaps better this year????? I love its color & would be so very happy should it bloom more profusely. 1st year, was my fault as I did prune. LATER, I read more about it & have not pruned since. All in all, only time I've been somewhat disappointed with a Proven Winners plant. I don't give up easily & will see what this year brings. Definitely will update IF better. I've always said I could work for PW as often as I recommend their plants to others!!!! It IS my plant of choice.

      Ella Marshall
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Love this hydrangea. I have it planted in a pot and it flowers all summer and into autumn. One of my favourite's and I have many.

      Wendy Willson
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 3 years ago
    • I’m in zone 10b and have own this plant for 3 years. Year 1, it had many blooms and full of leaves. Year 2, it had 2-3 blooms all season, but few leaves and looked sickly compared to the previous year. Year 3, I moved it to another location where it received more shade and dappled sunlight. It is thriving with lots of blooms and lush leaves.

      , California
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • We are in zone 5b and this plant never bloomed in 3 years even with winter protection. Last fall I dug it up, put it in a pot and wintered it in the garage. It must have been too warm, in garage as started leafing out end of Feb. Moved to sheltered balcony & then replanted in garden after frost free date. It was already flowering at this point. Will replant in pot again in fall, but will overwinter in a sheltered east facing spot outdoors. . I guess all the extra work is worth being able to enjoy the blooms in the summer. Not a practical plant for zone 5.

      L. Smith
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 3 years ago
    • Best performer of all the hydrangeas that I’ve tried in my 6A zone. It gets a strong block of sun in the early afternoon.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
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