General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Brown
Green
White
Other: Fading to green and brown
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2012 Great Plant Picks Award Winner
Child plants: one child plant

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Common names
  • Smooth Hydrangea
  • Hydrangea
  • Wild Hydrangea
  • Sevenbark

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Photo by William

Date: 2014-06-14
Location: North West New Jersey
Date: 2023-07-21
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-07-22
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: June 2021
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Date: 2019-06-11
Started as 2  3 inch plants in spring 2013
Location: RHS Hyde Hall, Essex.UK.
Date: 2022-07-25
Location: Des Plaines, IL
mid-July
Location: In my Mom's garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-06-28
Location: In my Mom's garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-09-01
Location: Vaughan, ON, Canada
Date: 2012-07-12
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Date: 2023-09-17
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2013-07-22
Luxuriously large, white blossoms.
Location: RHS Hyde Hall, Essex.UK.
Date: 2022-07-25
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2021-10-14
Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle')
Location: Angier, North Carolina
Date: 2009-06-18
Location: In Mom's garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2018-04-17
Returning new growth
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2022-06-24
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2005-07-17
Location: Greenwich CT
Date: 2007-07-06
summer hedge in bloom
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Date: 2023-07-13
Location: Florissant, MO
The Underside!
Location: Vermont
Date: 2012-07-03
Photo by StanleySteamer
Location: Downingtown Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-12-18
row of shrubs in a line in winter
Location: top of my riverbank
Date: 2011-07-08
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2020-07-02
Location: Whetstone Park of Roses, Columbus OH USA
Date: 2016-06-26
Photo by Paul2032
Location: My garden
Date: 2016-06-22
Location: My zone 5 garden
Date: 2016-06-28
I love this hydrangea.  It has the most blooms and blooms the ear
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2016-07-11
Developing flowers
Location: WI
Date: 2022-05-20
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-08-10
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-07-22

Date: 2014-09-19

Date: 2014-09-19

Date: 2014-09-19
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: English Gardens, West Bloomfield, MI
Date: 2008-08-11
Location: English Gardens, West Bloomfield, MI
Date: 2008-08-11
Location: Luca's Nursery, Ypsilanti, MI
Date: 2010-06-10
Location: In my Mom's garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-06-28
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-08-16
flowers have turned green in August
Location: my back yard
Date: 2012-06-05
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Location: Potomac MD
Date: 2018-07-07

Date: 2015-01-26
Photo courtesy of: Yoko Nekonomania
Location: In Mom's garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-11-14
Location: My zone 5 garden
Date: 2017-06-22
This is my favorite hydrangea.

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: in my garden
Date: 2014-04-26
Location: Morton Arboretum
Date: May
credit: Bruce Marlin
Location: zone 5b NE
Date: 2018-07-20
Location: Northwest NJ
Date: 2016-07-13

Date: 2014-09-19
Photo by frankrichards16

Date: 2014-09-19

Courtesy American Daylily and Perennials
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Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2021-10-14
Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle')

Date: 2012-09-26

Date: 2012-09-26

Date: 2012-09-26
Location: Luca's Nursery, Ypsilanti, MI
Date: 2010-06-10
Location: Luca's Nursery, Ypsilanti, MI
Date: 2010-06-10
Location: Luca's Nursery, Ypsilanti, MI
Date: 2010-06-10
Location: My zone 5 garden
Date: 2016-06-20
This is the 3rd year on this one.  It is filtered sun/shade and o
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-07-24
Location: Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina.
Date: July
credit: Captain-tucker

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
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Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
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Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-06-24
some plants in front yard in bloom
Location: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-11-02
brown flower heads in November
Location: My garden
Date: 2016-06-22

Date: 2015-01-26
Photo courtesy of: Yoko Nekonomania

Date: 2015-01-26
Photo courtesy of: Yoko Nekonomania

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: in my garden
Date: 2014-04-26
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-08-10

Date: 2011-07-07
Photo Courtesy of Hydrangeas Plus Used with Permission
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Location: Vermont
Date: 2012-07-03
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Comments:
  • Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Feb 23, 2018 10:36 AM concerning plant:
     'Annabelle' is a naturally occurring cultivar that was discovered ~1910 in the wild near Anna, (Southern) Illinois. Plantsman J.C.McDaniels from the University of Illinois named it and promoted it for its extremely large flowers (corymbs) which are considerably larger than the species. It is probably the most grown cultivar of smooth hydrangea. It blooms on new wood, so it is quite hardy. It can be cut to the ground in late winter to promote plant vigor.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 6, 2019 2:53 PM concerning plant:
    The 'Annabelle' Hydrangea is a very common shrub planted in the average yard and in professional landscapes, offered by most all conventional nurseries and big box stores in much of the USA. This cultivar has rounded flower heads of all or almost all sterile showy florets, called a hortensia or mophead flower cluster, not really good for pollinators. The flower clusters get to about 12 inches across. It has replaced the old-fashioned 'Grandiflora' or 'Hills of Snow' Hydrangea that has smaller flower heads. The heavy flower heads fall down a lot. The flowers that bloom white in late May into July turn to light green later in August before turning brown in September through winter. Since the infertile flowers color white before any small fertile flowers, cultivars like this one bloom earlier than the mother species. It is best to cut the shrub to the ground in early spring for a better-looking plant that blooms on new wood. Actually, the wood on this species is just barely woody so that it is like a big perennial.
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