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Fire Light® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

(10 REVIEWS)
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
96" 96"
Height
72 - 96"
Spread
72 - 96"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 8

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

My Current Zone

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  • Details

    Features

    Fire Light® is the standard to measure all panicle hydrangeas! We developed this easy-to-grow, reliable panicle hydrangea in Michigan, selecting it for its huge, full flower heads and sturdy, strong stems. Blooms emerge creamy-white and age to a vivid red for lots of summer color. It makes a great cut flower, fresh or dried, and can be used as a hedge, specimen, or incorporated into flower gardens and foundation plantings. 

    Top three reasons to grow Fire Light® hydrangea:

    - Exceptionally hardy, growing and flowering well even in chilly zone 3

    - large flowers age to red early in the summer for a colorful display

    - low maintenance and easy to grow - the perfect plant for "black thumbs."

    Best Seller
    Long Blooming
    Fall Interest

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    Spacing: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    Spread: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    Red
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Flower Shade: 
    White changing to pink-red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    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
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses: 
    Dried Flower
    Uses: 
    Good for Screening
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Maintenance Notes: 

    Panicle hydrangeas are best pruned in early spring. Cut the branches back by about one-third their total length. This plant tolerates a wide range of conditions, but does not grow well in soggy soil. Plant in full sun in zones 3-7; afternoon shade is preferable in warmer areas. A good 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) layer of shredded bark mulch over the roots is very beneficial.

    If desired, fertilize in early spring with a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer.

    Fire Light hydrangea is a true show off in the summer garden!

    Fire Light® Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPFL' USPP 25,135, Can 5,160
  • 10 Reviews

    • I'll be honest and say I don't remember for certain whether I bought my Firelight hydrangea here or somewhere else, but I can vouch for the color and beauty of them. I'm in my third year, just waiting for it to establish before I do much pruning, but I can already see the potential to turn mine into a magnificent red hydrangea tree. The color really is spectacular once it matures. Don't be discouraged if it looks a little less vivid the first couple years after it's planted. I'm in year #3, and this year it has really turned a rich red. I don't see a way to attach a photo here, but .here's a link to a pic of it in Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lnk2nul4u9nd9o6/IMG_5385%205.JPG?dl=0

      Dane Udenberg
      Wisconsin
      United States
      6 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Beautiful plant, outstanding with very pale hosta, purple liatris, sedum and purple magnus cone flower!

      Susan benfer
      Minnesota
      United States
      9 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Hello, I planted my firelight hydrangea on the North side of my house and it I think it's getting too much shade because the blooms are going from white to chartreuse green instead. Any ideas? Iam in zone 4-5.

      Alissa
      Wisconsin
      United States
      11 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • My first one was delivered nearly dead BUT it was a vendor's fault, not Proven Winners. I decided to plant it anyway not expecting it to survive and surprised to see it recover so quickly and survived the winter. We were given an awesome display of flowers this summer and I'm confident it will look much better next year after pruning. I love this so much that I bought another one through Proven Winners online (very healthy looking!) and it isn't even the second week and two strong shoots are coming up like a firecracker shooting up the sky and surely to explode to a creamy panicle of flowers!

      John Silverio
      New York
      United States
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Kelly
      Ohio
      United States
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • My favorite

      Kelly
      Ohio
      United States
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I bought this hydrangea late summer last year. The color shift from white to dark pink is the best I have seen from any hydrangea. Even better than Quick Fire which is one of my favorites. I also like the upright growth habit. Right now it is still small but I was amazed at the amount of flowers it produced this summer!! It is sure to become one of my favorites!

      Cheryl Dexter
      New York
      United States
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Outstanding Hydrangea. It blooms early in summer, comes out white, then turns the best shade of rich pink of any Hydrangea. Great accent plant or even as a grouping, hedge!!

      Dave
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Beautiful shrub!! Amazing color change from white to deep pink.

      Claudia Trgovic
      North Carolina
      United States
      4 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Beautiful shrub!! Amazing color change from white to deep pink.

      Claudia Trgovic
      North Carolina
      United States
      4 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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