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Fire Light® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
8' 8'
Height: 6' - 8'
Spread: 6' - 8'
Top Seller
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    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.

    Fire Light hydrangea is featured in our "Show-Off" magazine ad.

    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


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    72 - 96 Inches
    72 - 96 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    White changing to pink-red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    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: 
    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: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Good for Screening
    Mass Planting
    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
  • 17 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I planted this hydrangea and it never did anything. It never came back after the first spring. I’m in zone 3.

      , New Mexico
      , United States
      , 41 weeks ago
    • I planted 6 of these last fall in front my yard and along the road, they are all doing so well, fast grow, beautiful color ! love love love!

      Xueqin Li
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted this last summer by the entrance of our home. It was a small plant and there were several blooms on it during the summer. It did not grow as quickly as my other hydrangeas but i am more disappointed in the color. The blooms did not turn a deep pomegranate colour like in the pictures. They pinked up a little and turned brown. I will give it one more season to grow but I am already thinking about what I could replace this shrub with. Hopefully next growing season is better.

      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 3 years ago
    • 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:

      Dane Udenberg
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Beautiful plant, outstanding with very pale hosta, purple liatris, sedum and purple magnus cone flower!

      Susan benfer
      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • 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.

      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • 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
      , 4 years ago
    • Kelly
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
    • My favorite

      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
    • 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
      , 5 years ago
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