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Invincibelle® Spirit II Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
4' 4' 1.2m 1.2m
Height: 3'6" - 4'
Spread: 3'6" - 4'
Height: 1.1m - 1.2m
Spread: 1.1m - 1.2m
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  • Details

    42 - 48 Inches
    42 - 60 Inches
    42 - 48 Inches
    1.1m - 1.2m
    1.1m - 1.5m
    1.1m - 1.2m


    An improved version of the original pink 'Annabelle' hydrangea. 

    Invincibelle Spirit II hydrangea represents the best in full-sized pink 'Annabelle' hydrangeas. It offers handsome, dark green foliage, sturdy, strong stems that prevent flopping, and large blooms of deep pink that age to an attractive green. Plus, it reblooms, delivering waves of fresh flowers through autumn. This North American native hydrangea grows over a huge range of the US and Canada, thriving in chilly USDA zone 3 as well as in steamy zone 8.

    $1 from each Invincibelle® Spirit II sold is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. We encourage you to donate as well. BCRF is dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. For more information about BCRF, visit

    Find out more about the Invincibelle Spirit campaign.

    As seen in the Giver ad.

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    42 - 48 Inches 1.1m - 1.2m
    42 - 60 Inches 1.1m - 1.5m
    42 - 48 Inches 1.1m - 1.2m
    Flower Colors: 
    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: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Mass plantings, landscapes, naturalizing, cutting gardens, mixed borders.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    We recommend a minimum of four hours of sun for best flower color and stem strength. Invincibelle Spirit II hydrangea can grow in full sun in cooler climates, but afternoon shade is recommended in hot areas. In all areas, a good 2-3" (5-7 cm) layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended to keep the roots cool and growing vigorously.

    Prune Invincibelle Spirit II, and all smooth hydrangeas, in early spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge. Cut the whole plant back by about one-third its total height. Many people cut the plant back more severely, but that deprives the plant of the opportunity to develop the strongest, woodiest stems. If you wish, you may prune in fall, once the plant has gone completely dormant.

    Deadheading - removing the spent flowers - is not necessary for this plant to continue to bloom. However, you may remove old flowers if you wish. And by all means, cut stems to enjoy indoors - they make a great cut flower and won't be harmed by cutting.

    Fun Facts: 

    The pink hydrangea used to develop Invincibelle Spirit II hydrangea was discovered by a graduate student hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Invincibelle® Spirit II Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA2' USPP 28,316, Can 5,622
  • 19 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • The flowers did not look like the ones in the picture. Ugly color and small flowers even after 2 years in the ground. The plant is weak and almost dead. Totally disappointed. Wasted my money and space. Stick with the lime light or incrediball if you want beautiful flowers. Only these 2 are doing well and blooming beautifully. Fire light is less beautiful and average.

      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 37 weeks ago
    • I bought this plant end of 2021 .. November or December,,, dormant. It was the last one at center. Only around 3 stems... stem around 15 inches long and the other only about 6 inches... Sad looking. -WOW!!!!!!!!! in one growing season it has reached OVER 3 FEET TALL AND WIDE!!!!! I've never seen anything like it!!! Amazing growth! It had a good amount of blooms and I LOVE the green color it turns. Very healthy smooth hydrangea. I'm hoping it's blooms get pinker as it matures. I just bought another one dormant yesterday!!!

      Marie White
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted these last fall so this is the first season and I am really happy with them so far. They are blooming nicely and I enjoy the varying shades of pink & mauve that each bloom has. The stems are sturdy yet loose and casual. I have seen other reviews say they turn an ugly green but so far I’ve not seen that. My mom is a 2x cancer survivor so I also appreciate knowing that a contribution was made to research cancer. I am in Zone 4.

      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Have three Invincible Spirit plants in front of my home. Beautiful pink blooms all summer. Survives the winter snow really well.

      Ted T
      , Vermont
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • A favorite of mine and friends as it grows with vigor in MA and the blossoms transition beautifully from pink to antique shades. New blooms appear on young young shoots after the initial spectacular blossoming. Easy to grow. Not susceptible to winter damage. Blooms on new wood.

      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • My second year with Spirit II. No blooms first year. This year the stems are rather leggy, but full of GREEN blooms. Nothing remotely pink about the blooms. Full sun, shade in late afternoon. Will give it the famous 3rd year before I give up on it. Very disappointed.

      , Kansas
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Bought 4 plants 3 years ago and planted them in a row. Next year two of them died and PW send replacements. The following year the other two died. Now I am down to the 2 replacement plants. All the plants were very prone to disease and the flowers were few and far in between. Would not recommend.

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Beautiful and hardy hydrangea, the bees love mine.

      Alason Jones
      , 4 years ago
    • My wife bought this because it supports breast cancer research. The flowers, therefore, should be PINK, as advertised. The plant grew large. The blooms start pink and look great, but, unfortunately, they turn an ugly green color within a few weeks. This happened every year. Other people have mentioned this problem on the Proven Winners website. My wife is so disappointed that she's going to have it removed and replaced with a plant that performs as advertised. This one obviously does not, since several of us have the same problem and no know solution.

      Steve E
      , Idaho
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • I've lost two of this type of hydrangea and my local Garden Center told me it was because the plant is susceptible to over-watering and root rot. It would be nice if the website offered information on proper watering for this plant so I don't have to keep buying another one. Haven't gotten one to bloom yet but I'm giving it one more try.

      Cynthia Y Gonnella
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
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