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Polar Ball Hydrangea*

Hydrangea paniculata 'WRHPBB2'

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Polar Ball Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'WRHPBB2') at Vermeer's Garden Centre

Polar Ball Hydrangea flowers

Polar Ball Hydrangea flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Polar Ball Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'WRHPBB2') at Vermeer's Garden Centre

Polar Ball Hydrangea in bloom

Polar Ball Hydrangea in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Polar Ball Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'WRHPBB2') at Vermeer's Garden Centre

Polar Ball Hydrangea flowers

Polar Ball Hydrangea flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Description:

A showy garden shrub valued for its large, rounded panicles of elegant white flowers with huge florets; regular pruning recommended; needs slightly acidic well-drained soil; great for large containers

Ornamental Features

Polar Ball Hydrangea features bold conical white flowers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Polar Ball Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Polar Ball Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Polar Ball Hydrangea will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Polar Ball Hydrangea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features