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Quick Fire® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
8' 8' 2.4m 2.4m
Height: 6' - 8'
Spread: 6' - 8'
Height: 1.8m - 2.4m
Spread: 1.8m - 2.4m
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    72 - 96 Inches
    96 - 120 Inches
    72 - 96 Inches
    1.8m - 2.4m
    2.4m - 3.0m
    1.8m - 2.4m


    The first to bloom!

    Quick Fire® hydrangea blooms about a month before any other panicle hydrangea - usually by 4th of July in our West Michigan trial gardens. Flowers open pure white then turn pink, and will be an extremely dark rosy-pink in the fall. The flower color on Quick Fire hydrangea is not affected by soil pH. Blooms on this super-hardy and easy to grow hydrangea are produced on new wood, which means that you will see flowers even after even the harshest winters. Beautiful for use as a cut (fresh or dried) flower. Unlike other panicle hydrangeas, Quick Fire also has excellent fall foliage color for a final hurrah before winter.

    Top reasons to grow Quick Fire® hydrangea:

    - the earliest blooming panicle hydrangea - gives you months and months of blooms.

    - excellent fall color - blooms turn deep red, leaves turn gold and burgundy.

    - lacecap variety attracts pollinators. 

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    Long Blooming
    Fall Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    72 - 96 Inches 1.8m - 2.4m
    96 - 120 Inches 2.4m - 3.0m
    72 - 96 Inches 1.8m - 2.4m
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    White changing to pink
    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: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Fall
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Uses Notes: 

    A very hardy flowering shrub good for full sun locations - the hotter your climate, however, the more shade the plant will require. Perfect for a mixed container. Good for groupings and in mass plantings, shrub and perennial borders, as a specimen, a screen or a hedge.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Panicle hydrangeas like Quick Fire are very easy to care for. They can grow in most soils, provided they are well-drained. 

    Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood, which means they can be pruned in spring and will still bloom that season. We recommend cutting them back by about one-third their total height in early spring, just as the new growth is beginning to emerge on the stems. This will serve to remove the spent blooms and ensure that the season's growth comes from the heavier, thicker buds further down the plant. 

    If blooms do not age to pink and red, this indicates that the plant is either in too much shade, that it experienced drought stress, or that night time temperatures were unusually high.

    Quick Fire® Hydrangea paniculata 'Bulk' USPP 16,812, Can 3,398
  • 55 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Read previous comment how this would be great if it were deer resistant. Agree! Just planted a week ago and 1/4 is missing. Hopefully it will survive the buffet feeding.

      The Baker’s
      , 1 year ago
    • Love this shrub ! Poor thing is planted under my house overhang & facing North so doesn't get a lot of sun . It didn't do all that well the first year planted but it was a dry year here. This year made sure it was well watered & it had lots of flowers that gradually turned a lovely shade of dark pink . So glad I bought it to brighten up a dark area.

      , Canada
      , 4 years ago
    • Planted 3 plants last yr and looking for more at local gardening stores. Mine were planted in the fall and almost instantly started turning pink! They require hardly any care my pup knocked some of the blooms off in the fall after they had turned pink and they came right back in the spring, (now guarded from the pup) I recommend these plants as they require little care for a lot of beauty...

      diane craig
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • Robert C Wood
      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • This shrub prefers full sun to light shade. Grown in part shade (6 hrs of sun/day or on the West side of a house) it takes 3 or more years to establish itself before becoming full and blooming well. I highly recommend this hydrangea for mostly sunny sites with good root mulch to help retain moisture. Based on its performance in my yard (West side, hot afternoon sun) I doubt it would perform well with Eastern or Northern exposure in all but the warmest, sunniest climates.

      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • A great specimen plant, however it needs to be made deer resistant. Not two weeks after planting the leaves were stripped off. Other than that it is a great plant and I plan to use more.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • I have had this hydrangea for about 6 years now. While it was young I keep pruning it into a tree form. It is now full grown (8' tall) and is one of the most asked about shrubs in my garden. It is so showy and I just love how long the flowers keep that beautiful red color. It does not require a lot of upkeep. Just trimming off the dry flowers in Spring and light pruning. I am now anxious to get Little Quick Fire!

      Cheryl Dexter
      , New York
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • Flowers starts off with cream colored flowers , starts changing to light pink, deep pink, darkens through fall interesting, different form clusters of flowers...more free form.

      Janis Ripple
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • We bought two of these about 2-3 months ago, planted them and they haven't skipped a beat. They bloom constantly, and at this writing, the flowers are changing to a deep rose color. They are flanking our garden gate just off our porch, and just light up the garden. No problems with these at all, they just make me smile whenever I see them. Easy to grow, I would recommend.

      , West Virginia
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • This is a lovely shrub, requires very little attention and attracts all kinds of bees and butterflies in mid-summer. Starts out with lovely white fragrant blooms that slowly turn a deep reddish pink . The blooms dry well for winter use .

      Rosemary Stuart-Libbey
      , Maine
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
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