|Size||3-4′ tall by 3-4′ wide|
|USDA hardiness Zones||4-9|
|Sun / Shade||full sun to part shade|
|Soil||average garden soil|
|Moisture||moist, but well drained|
|Disease and Pests||none known|
|Landscape use||foundations, cutting gardens, wildlife gardens, borders, foundations, small urban gardens|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Heads have been turning with the introduction of Magical Flame. This sun loving paniculata flashes summer white blooms briefly before turning red. The flower cluster of Magical®Flame is even shaped like a torch.|
|Propagation Methods||vegetative cuttings|
Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:
The family Hydrangea is valued for endless varieties of flowering shrubs and vines which bloom in spring and are appropriate for the shade garden. That is of course, until we consider Hydrangea paniculata. Then we introduce you to some showy specimens for full sun. Paniculatas flower reliably each summer regardless of climate, pruning, or in most cases, the pH of your soil. Spectacular in the landscape, these no-fuss beauties generally form large, vase-shaped shrubs that support showy, cone-shaped flowers.
Magical Flame lights the torch for these summer-flowering hydrangeas. It is smaller in stature, and more versatile than the average paniculata. Creamy-white panicles are the 1st of their kind to bloom, and quickly turn burgundy-red at the first onset of cool weather. They continue their performance until frost.
The flowers evoke a feminine, lacy feel from this delicate new selection. But don’t let “delicate” be confused with its ability to grow. Magical Flame ignites and continues to be a strong grower throughout the season. The blooms remain on fire through the season, the last of its brethren to fade into fall.