PlantsHydrangeas→Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky®)

Alternative cultivar names:
'Dvp Pinky'

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Pinky Winky®
Cultivar name: 'Dvppinky'
Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6 - 8 feet
Plant Spread: 6 - 8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Blooms begin as brilliant white, changing to rose, culminating in a rosy-russet blend
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Topiary
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PBR18,082; PP16,166 (as Dvp Pinky); Can 2,889
Child plants: 2 child plants

Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky in full bloom on August 2, 2014.

Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 25, 2014 3:07 PM

Pinky Winky is a beautiful paniculata hydrangea. It will attain 6-8 feet in height when fully mature, with strong branches. Mine needed very little pruning or shaping and attained full size in about 2 years. This is a very easy-care plant. All I do is deadhead the faded blooms, either after the first freeze, or in the spring if I leave the blooms for winter interest. The cone-shaped blooms begin to open at the lower point, where widest, a pure, bright white. As the blossoms continue to open up the length of the cone, the lower blossoms begin turning pink . Eventually, once all the blooms are open, you may have white tips, blending into pink flowers in the center, and dark rose flowers at the base of each pannicle . I get a lot of compliments and questions about this lovely hydrangea, as very few people seem to be familiar with the cone-shaped hydrangeas. I find this to be one of my easiest and most attractive hydrangeas, out of 7 or 8 varieties.

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