Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' - Smooth Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' - Smooth Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' - Smooth Hydrangea

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Smooth Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

Annabelle is one of the best known and best-loved hydrangeas. Each summer it produces huge, white pom-pom-like blossoms. They are great to make a bouquet for the dinner table and are also quite pretty used in dried flower arrangements. Annabelle flowers on new wood and that mean you can cut it back to a foot or two high in late winter and it will flower again profusely that same year. Cutting the plant back like that helps it to keep a lovely form.  Makes a pretty, informal hedge.


  • Flowers are great for cut and dried arrangements
  • Excellent for naturalizing in moist or dry soils
  • Large leaves offer great cover for small critters
  • Easy to grow with very long bloom season
  • Huge, showy blooms are great for drying
  • Loves part shade but tolerates full sun

Native Range

Wooded slopes, ravines and stream banks from New York to Ohio, Missouri, and Oklahoma, south to Georgia, Louisiana, and Arkansas

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
MAP KEY: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

If you garden in the woods, consider leaving downed trees, piles of brush with large leaves and jumbled piles of rocks to provide shelter for all kinds of wildlife. 



Grows best in average to medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade although it is quite adaptable to different soil types except for very dry. Tolerates more sun the northern part of it’s range. Blooms on new wood so you may cut it back in late winter to 1-2’ to keep the shrub looking young and vigorous. 


Mature Size: 3-5ft. Tall x 4-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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