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Hydrangea paniculata

Hydrangea paniculata: a variety of hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata is a variety of hydrangea belonging to the Hydrangeaceae family, native to some areas of Japan and China, which can reach up to 3 meters in height and can be grown as a bush or pruned into a tree. The plant has characterized oval-shaped leaves with toothed edges and a dark green color, and is characterized by very particular elongated inflorescences, also called panicles, composed of a multitude of four-petaled flowers. Their color varies from white to shades of pink, more or less intense. Flowering develops in late summer and continues throughout the autumn period, until the first frosts, and precisely in the late flowering period that the flowers take on much more intense and suggestive shades of pink.

Cultivation


In general, the cultivation of hydrangeas is quite simple and does not require special attention or care. They are robust and very adaptable plants, which thrive well in temperate climates. If they are exposed to the right light, they grow luxuriantly giving life to very beautiful bushes, which create wonderful color spots in the gardens, so much so that in Japanese gardens they have been used for centuries. They die very rarely. They can be grown both in pots and on the ground and need a good exposure to sunlight, but being plants that prefer semi-shaded areas it would be better not to expose them to direct sunlight during the hottest summer hours. The ideal are gardens with tall plants, which create the right shelter from sunlight. The hydrangea paniculata and among the varieties that best tolerate low temperatures, also due to its flowering.


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Pruning


The pruning of hydrangea paniculata, as in general for all varieties of hydrangeas, must be done correctly in order not to run the risk of slowing down the growth of the plant. If the plant is not pruned it will grow in a disordered way, so the ideal is to proceed carefully by eliminating the weakest and driest branches, which take away the vitality of the plant, while in plants that are already a few years old it would be advisable to cut the oldest branches at the base to favor a regeneration of the plant and above all the development of new flowers. They are generally recognized because they are the most branched and least linear ones. The best months for pruning are those in which the plant is at rest, so the month of February is ideal, in any case not after the month of March. A correct pruning, not excessive,

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