Hydrangeas are simple a beautiful plant. Whether you are looking to add a single focal point to your garden or a clump of beautiful flowers, this is the plant for you!
Below we go over several different hydrangea tree options. We've also added a few other flowering trees to the list for you to consider.
If you love hydrangea's, you should also check out our article on the dogwood tree. This beautiful flowering tree also will work well in almost any yard.
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Out of all the varieties of hydrangea trees, the Pee Gee Hydrangea is best at withstanding the cold. This variety has been around for quite a while, and is easy to grow, making it ideal for colder climates where other hydrangeas cannot survive.
They like full sun to partial shade and their soil should be slightly acidic to neutral. A Pee Gee is quite a large shrub generally reaching 6 to 8 feet tall when domesticated, but some can reach heights of 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide if allowed to grow wild.
It produces clusters of cone-shaped flowers and will bloom from mid-to-late summer through early fall. Flowers bloom as white, but turn pink with age and then become rust in the fall. This hydrangea adds a ton of landscape value.
- Plants are sterile and have no seeds
- Deer resistant
- Grows 25 inches or more annually
A quick-growing hydrangea tree possessing big, round flower clusters that bloom in an amazing sky blue all summer long. The Blue Hydrangea can be planted in alkaline soil and blooms will develop purple and pink hues. Blooms last over 4 weeks.
This hydrangea has large, green leaves surrounding the stunning blooms. Prefers full sun to half sun/half shade. If you want to learn more about caring for hydrangeas, read this education article by a research team.
- No serious insect or disease problems.
- It requires year-round mulching to retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.
As with most of the hydrangeas, the unusual flowers of the Lava Lamp Candelabra are it's the focal point, as they open white then turn to pink, and finally wind up a very dark rosy-pink for the fall. The cooler the air, the more vivid the color. So named because the flowers resemble the shape of a lava lamp or cone. Even after a particularly challenging winter, you will still see flowers on this hydrangea.
Prefers loose soil with plenty of nutrients that do not retain too much moisture, which will cause the root system to rot. This is something that you need to be careful about with nearly all hydrangeas because it is relatively easy for the roots to succumb to rotting if they remain in overwatered soil.
- Flower color not changed by soil pH
- Wonderful fall foliage color that will make people stop and stare
The Tilt-A-Swirl Hydrangea has breathtaking rosy-red flowers that open to reveal green centers and keep transforming into new color variations for months. Blooms May-August. Reaches 3-4 feet tall by 3-4 feet wide.
Makes excellent container or border plant. Must be propagated using vegetative softwood cuttings. In general, hydrangea does not reproduce through seeds but must be propagated through cuttings.
- It requires only basic garden soil
- No known diseases or pests
The Lava Lamp Moonrock Hydrangea is a type of hydrangea tree that makes an excellent patio plant. Thrives in patio containers, and it's unusual blooms are sure to attract attention.
The Lava Moonrock Hydrangea is a very flexible plant. It makes a fine border plant or can be planted anywhere else in your yard.
The main reason to purchase this plant is that it produces fantastic white blooms with vivid lime-green centers that bloom throughout the summer. This low maintenance hydrangea has pretty green foliage and requires full or partial sun in order to thrive.
- Flourishes as border or flower bed plants.
- It requires no more than basic watering.
This hydrangea tree has beautiful, long-lasting blooms held aloft by strong stems that propel them upward. The Everlasting Amethyst Hydrangea begins as deep pink or a violet-blue, determined by the soil acidity. From there the flowers become a reddish-pink as they age with lime green markings.
They stay for weeks whether left on the plant or placed in a vase clothed in their final glorious color, lime green.
These amazing hydrangeas grow to a height of 24-30" by 24-30" wide and bloom in May--September. Likes soil that is kept moist but well-drained.
- No Diseases or pests.
- Flowers are fuchsia or violet-blue, determined by soil acidity.
Large, dense green flowers with a pyramid-like shape are the highlight of the Sweet Summer Panicle Hydrangea. These flowers turn pure white in the summer, ending up the show in fall by turning a blush-pink.
All are amazed by this hydrangea tree and the beautiful show it puts on. Growing to reach 4--6 feet in height and width, this hydrangea makes a nice fit for the back of a garden or even acting as a hedge.
Its multiple uses are part of its charm. Its flower panicles can be cut to be part of flower arrangements or even used for drying, but if left to remain on the plant itself, they will continue to bloom far into the winter.
- Likes a sunny to lightly shaded location.
- Cutting them back to about 1-3 feet will give you taller plants.
The gorgeous Yoshino Cherry tree or American Flowering Cherry is a small tree donning clusters of soft pink, lightly scented flowers on its naked branches in mid-spring. These slowly fade to white before the leaves eventually take over. This tree is easy to maintain and grow.
It prefers full sun and reaches a height of 25-35 feet with a spread of 25-40 feet. Furthermore, it isn't demanding of water more than average and is actually quite drought tolerant, plus being quite disease-resistant. The tree works very well as a focal point in your yard and shouldn't present any overt difficulties in caring for it.
- One of the best small trees that will look great absolutely anywhere, and will also draw birds to it.
- Not particular about soil which can be clay, sand, loam, or chalk.
When Pink Dogwood trees burst into bloom after the long and dreary winter has passed, you know that spring has finally arrived.
What makes a Pink Dogwood ideal for planting in just about anywhere is that it has not just lovely blooms for one time for the year, but once the flowers are gone it develops berries which draw wild birds like a magnet.
Its novel pattern of branches lures the eye all year long too, especially during the winter when the branches hang barren of leaves. It grows to a height of 15-30 feet tall and has a medium growth rate, so it's easy to manage.
- Great tree to plant near utility lines or near buildings.
- Prefers full sun or partial shade.
Tyler loves the challenge of finding the right trees for any piece of land.