I was lucky enough to find and buy this plant last fall at a local nursery. I already have Firelight hydrangea and love that shrub so was excited when I was able to get a Tidbit. Thankfully the rabbits left it alone over the winter! It has bloomed beautifully this summer. It is in full sun from sunrise to sunset and the flowers have not browned at all, and they are now starting to change to pink. I love how it has a vase like growth habit, and it hasn't flopped even though we have had some pretty good downpours this summer. I now want another one.
Fire Light Tidbit® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
If you thought you didn't have enough space to grow a beautiful, reliable panicle hydrangea, Fire Light Tidbit® hydrangea is here to help! This innovative new development is the tiniest, tidiest panicle hydrangea yet: it reaches just 2-3'/.6-.9m tall and wide, yet it packs in tons of easy-care beauty into its small size. Big, lush panicles of white mophead flowers appear in early-mid summer, nearly obscuring the textured green foliage. As the summer progresses, they begin to develop bright pink and red tones, which keep it colorful right on up to the first frost, especially combined with its colorful autumn foliage, an unusual trait in panicle hydrangeas. Thick, sturdy stems help to create a neat, mounded plant that's fantastic in landscapes, flower gardens, even in containers! We absolutely love this little beauty paired with the legendary Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunia.
Top reasons to choose Fire Light Tidbit hydrangea for your garden or landscape:
- The smallest panicle hydrangea ever - just 2-3'/.6-.9m tall
- Powerful blooming ability, with dozens of full mophead flowers on strong stems
- Flowers go from white to rich, saturated tones of pink and red as they age
Available in better garden centers beginning in spring 2021; click here to see a list of retailers.Long BloomingFall InterestDeadheading Not NecessarySmall or Miniature
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:36 InchesSpread:36 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:RedFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:White, turning bright pink and red shades in fallFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement: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).Maintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Alkaline SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:Good for ScreeningUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Thanks to its small stature, Fire Light Tidbit hydrangea is eminently versatile in the garden and landscape. Plant it amongst perennials in a flower garden, use in foundation plantings and landscaping as a mass planting, edging, or specimen, or plant it in containers for long-lasting, easy-care beauty year after year.Maintenance Notes:
Prune by cutting back the main branches by one-third in late winter or early spring. You may also prune in late fall, once it has gone completely dormant, if desired - you'll find more information in our Ultimate Guide to Panicle Hydrangeas.
Panicle hydrangeas require well-drained soil. As such, we do not recommend amending the soil when you plant them, as explained here.
Fertilize in early spring (just as the ground begins to thaw in cold climates) if desired, using a granular rose fertilizer. You may fertilize monthly through late July for more rapid growth, but this is not necessary for a healthy, abundantly-blooming plant.Fire Light Tidbit® Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPK' USPP 32,512, Can PBRAF
574132111Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Cheryl Dexter, New York, United States, 3 weeks ago
I planted 2 of these plants this spring. They seemed to thrive at first but by mid-summer they declined rapidly. They receive sun until about 2:00 pm and then are shaded from the hottest afternoon sun. Even still they dropped all of their leaves and are now slowly putting on new leaves. They never set flower buds. I even sprayed them thinking they may have gotten a bug but I never saw any. Hopefully next year they'll do better.Donna Fernandez, Texas, United States, 45 weeks ago
I loved my Fire Light Tidbit so much until it became floppy. The blooms are large and gorgeous and I am so sad to see the stems touching the ground after rain. I'm trying to stake them up, but it's not going well.Brittney, Maryland, United States, 1 year ago
I planted two of these in April and I am obsessed. I’m in zone 7a. These guys are in full sun all day long and they look amazing so far. They are full of blooms that are just starting to turn pink. My local nursery is having a one-day sale on them today and I am going sneak out during my lunch break to buy two more! Because they’re so compact, my plan is to keep the two new ones in containers on my patio.Mary L, Maryland, United States, 1 year ago
Has doubled in size but no flowers.Tina Khouchaba, Illinois, United States, 1 year ago
I got this plant (2) during the early fall and I planted in my front yard, not knowing if it was going to make it .. Now it really bloomed , both plants have dramatically spread out with abundant gorgeous blooms.. Everyone in my neighborhood stops to admire. Love it !Maribelle Damas, Maryland, United States, 1 year ago
I’m in Michigan zone 5b. This is one of the 2 most beautiful panicle cultivars I have seen. Pictures online doesn’t do it justice. Mine receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Its color is so vibrant. There’s a painting like vibe when you look at it. Super pretty.Anna Shiela Gibson, 1 year ago
In my zone 7b garden in central Maryland, this Tidbit hydrangea is a welcome show-stopper by the front door (part sun). It's given us 3 complete seasons of interest and beauty. It performs exactly as described.Dawn Resch, Maryland, United States, 1 year ago
This is a wonderful addition to the Proven Winners Collection. Excellent for smaller spaces, this plant is compact, long blooming and and a lovely highlight in the garden border.Lee Miller, New York, United States, 2 years ago