University of Maryland Extension


Ginny Williams

Hydrangea Arborescens ‘Annabelle’

Stunning winter interest can be achieved by juxtaposing dry hydrangea flowers against a dark background. ‘Annabelle’, a cultivar of our native hydrangea arborescens, is particularly effective, with extremely large corymbs (flower heads) up to a foot across on strong erect stems.  Blooms start in late spring and continue into fall.  Annabelle grows rapidly to five feet tall and five feet wide and can sucker to cover large areas.  It can be pruned back to about six inches in late winter to early spring to reduce expansion without sacrificing blooms.  Plant it near a water source and in some shade since it will wilt when the weather is hot and dry.  It prefers well drained soil, high in organic material.  


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