The most important breakthrough in Hydrangea for a decade, this pink-flowered H. arborescens cultivar blooms constantly from summer through fall, remains hardy even in the far north, and covers itself in more than 100 big blooms every season. An extraordinary improvement over older varieties of this native species, Invincibelle™ Spirit lives up to its name with unstoppable bloom strength.
Six to 8 inches wide, these mophead blooms open a dark, rosy pink and slowly mature to bright pink. An arresting sight in the sunny to partly shaded garden, they are also a superb cutflower, fresh or dried. The flowers begin in midsummer in most climates, continuing vigorously through autumn and ceasing only with first frost. Invincibelle™ Spirit is hardy through zone 3 in the north, an absolutely unprecedented cold-hardy cultivar!
The blooms are not the only source of color from this remarkable shrub. The large, toothed green foliage turns buttery yellow in autumn, remaining on the plant for many weeks before dropping for winter. Fall is truly the standout season for Invincibelle™ Spirit, with blooms and fall foliage changes present on the shrub at the same time.
Expect Invincibelle™ Spirit to reach just 3 to 4 feet high and wide, with a very dense, well-branched habit that covers itself in blooms. It fares best in soil on the acidic side, and needs protection from strong afternoon sun in the moderate and southern/southwestern portions of its hardiness range. A lovely choice for containers, it is robust and quick-growing, with all the vigor expected of a native plant.
Growing Invincibelle™ Spirit is also a very visible way of supporting the search for a cure for breast cancer. For every plant sold, $1 is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, in support of other invincible spirits. We are honored to offer this remarkable new cultivar to Wayside gardeners this season, and we know that it will perform brilliantly in gardens across the country. Please reserve yours early; quantities are limited. Zones 3-9.