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Invincibelle® Spirit II Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

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Exposure
  • 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
  • Fall
Mature Size
48" 48"
Height
42 - 48"
Spread
42 - 48"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 8

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

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    Features

    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 www.bcrfcure.org.

    Find out more about the Invincibelle Spirit campaign.

     

    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    42 - 48 Inches
    Spacing: 
    42 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    42 - 48 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    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
  • 10 Reviews

    • 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
      9 weeks ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • 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
      19 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      19 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • Bought four of these in Fall'17, but only two survived the midwest winter. The other two are dead.Fertilized it, mulched it and the whole nine-yards later, half my plants are dead!

      DJ
      Illinois
      United States
      1 year ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • I love the look of this shrub and I bought 2 to put on either side of my windows, approximately 2-3 weeks ago. One is dying, the other is doing fine. They are approximately 4 feet apart. I went to the place where I bought this and they had a few but they look like they are dying also. In fact I was told by one of the employee's of the nursery, the Hydrangea Invincibelle Spirit 2 is hard to grow and don't last long. Is this true? I spent over $34.00 on this shrub and I really would like another one. Are you able to help me? I don't feel like I should have to buy another one. Thank you,

      LINDA WARD
      Ohio
      United States
      2 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • Absolutely gorgeous. Planted two of these about 4 years ago, they are now well established. Blooms begin dark pink, open to soft pink, and shift to green when done. Each phase of the bloom is beautiful.

      Elizabeth Tore
      Ohio
      United States
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Planted 5 of them this spring. I was surprised and happy with how many flowers i got. They were beautiful. but they turned an ugly green. debating on whether or not I want to get rid of them and get a different kind.

      paula leblanc
      Nova Scotia
      Canada
      3 years ago
      Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    • I have had three of these in my yard for 4 years now. It performs very well even after a transplant. It doesn't get droopy in the heat like other hydrangeas do. It is full of flowers every year. Leaves are a nice dark green and the flowers when done stay a nice faded pink or white color. I love hydrangeas and this is one of my favorites along with the Incrediball. I just wish they lasted longer. My only wonder us it says they rebloom but I haven't seen that. I wonder if I need to trim off the dead flowers for that to happen. They say deadheading is not necessary but wonder if it's the way to go.

      Jackie Nica
      United States
      3 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Excellent plant that holds flower upright even after rain. Flowers color beautifully Pink. It is second year in the ground and already has 10 big flowers this season. I bought the quart sized pot last year and kept it in the pot till Oct 2015 and it had 2 flowers. I put it in ground in Oct 2015 and this spring it got 10 big shoots with flowers on each one.

      Manish
      Virginia
      United States
      3 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • It started out pink but turned an ugly green very fast. They were never pink in full bloom. I would not recommend this hydangea,by far the ugliest one out there!

      Brooke Johnsen
      Minnesota
      United States
      4 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
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