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Little Quick Fire® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

  • 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
Mature Size
5' 5'
3' - 5'
3' - 5'
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    Dwarf form of the popular Quick Fire® hydrangea!

    Like Quick Fire, it is early blooming, flowering about a month before other hydrangeas. White flowers transform to pink-red as summer progresses. This dwarf plant fits easily into any landscape, including container gardens. Add it to your existing hydrangea garden to extend the blooming season.

    As seen in our Early Riser ad.

    Why grow Little Quick Fire panicle hydrangea?

    • Months of color
    • Compact size
    • Easy care regimen
    Award Winner
    Drought Tolerant
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    36 - 60 Inches
    36 - 60 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    white flowers turn pink in later summer
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    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
    Uses Notes: 

    This dwarf form of Quick Fire fits easily into any landscape. Use it in a mixed border, or as a showy specimen or foundation plant. Its early bloom time will extend your garden's hydrangea season.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Trim in late winter/early spring. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring. Flower color is not affected by soil pH.

    Little Quick Fire® Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPLQF' USPP 25,136, Can 5,406
  • 13 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I have had a Quick fire and Little Quick Fire for years. As a panicle hydrangea, it gives a DAINTY bloom which is unique. its intial white blooms are SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!! . As it moves into its pink shades it becomes more subtle in the garden..... Which works well for me because other plants become showy. It has STURDY stems that NEVER FLOP... unlike many other panicle hydrangeas and blooms bountifully in shade ... The Autumn color is a fantastic orange!!! No plant is perfect. This one comes close!

      Marie White
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 7 weeks ago
    • Disappointed. Proven Winners should be up front and honest and make it clear in the description of this and all pannicle hydrangeas that are advertised to change color that they will NOT TURN PINK in the South. Our hot humid nights are not conducive with the flowers turning from white to pink. Unfortunately, I had to spend too much money on plants that did not perform as advertised to find out.

      , Florida
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • I have 2 of these; purchased from a local, independent garden center. My first one was planted 4 years ago as I wanted a smaller, dwarf hydrangea with white flowers. I don't have room for a large, showier snowball and I was drawn to "Little Quick Fire" with the white flowers turning pink as summer progresses. I'm happy with the size, but the flowers are verging on being just ok. These flowers do not deliver a focal point appeal with intense colors, but offer more of an overall blending. I really like the initial creamy white flowers but am not too excited about the duller pinkish hue. Overall, this seems to be relatively hardy plant but be aware it's quite twiggy - a quick clean up is all that is needed. The flowers seem to be a cross of lace-cap and panicle - not really strong in either category. My more established plant gets solid morning sun and seems happy with that; the newer plant I put in last year is getting noon to mid-afternoon sun and isn't as happy, so I will probably move it. This plant does like frequent watering (my soil dries out quickly) and a spring slow release fertilizer is a good idea. I live near the Washington State border and am in a 6 zone, with typical Pacific Northwest weather patterns. If you have a bare spot in your garden bed, and need something to fill in but not be a focal point, this plant might fit the bill. Happy Gardening!

      Helen Alexander
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 40 weeks ago
    • My first year with these little quick fire hydrangeas in five different containers that line the front of our property. With water and sunlight they’re doing really great. Even have little blooms going now (October) in white/cream/blush/ and even red. Love the variation and I hope they survive for years to come.

      Eric M
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought two of these plants from HD and I have one in ground and one in a pot both are doing well and the blooms have turned from white to pink they are beautiful.. I can’t wait to see what next year will be like.

      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • It's first year, it reminded me of a weed and I threatened to get rid of the thing. But this second year, it has busted out all over with tall beautiful bloom that stay bloomed ALL season. The plant made such a fool out of me!

      Sherry Miller
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • My ‘Little Quick Fire’ shrubs are now in their third year in my garden. Their profuse blooms coupled with their daintier size make them a welcome addition to the border or foundation planting. This is a great cultivar and I highly recommend it.

      Judith Barker
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Marshall Dirks
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
  • 1 Award

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 Consumer Top Hydrangeas University of Guelph
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