‘PeeGee’ has the tendency to turn pink as the blooms age. A must for your butterfly garden!
The mature ‘PeeGee’ Hydrangea tree (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) is an heirloom favorite. The enormous, creamy white, conical flowers bloom in mid to late summer and become pink as they age. As autumn shows signs of progress and the nights become colder, the flowers turn the color of tea-stained linen. Attracts Butterflies to the Garden!
‘PeeGee’ hydrangea is a deciduous wide spreading, rather rangy shrub or small tree with big showy pyramid-shaped clusters of white to pink flowers that literally weight down the branches. ‘PeeGee’ starts branching near the ground and has a rounded shape, getting 10-25 ft tall and just as wide, although many specimens stay considerably smaller. The leaves are opposite, oval, have pointed tips and toothed margins, and are 3-6 in long. The flowers are borne in erect panicles 3-10 in tall.
This hydrangea blooms over a long season, with the flowers starting out white in mid-summer, aging to pink and finally turning rusty brown in autumn. Unlike big-leaf hydrangea (H. macrophylla), flower color does not vary with soil pH. ‘PeeGee’ hydrangea’s dried flowers persist even after the leaves have fallen. ‘PeeGee’ hydrangea and ‘Oakleaf’ hydrangea (H. quercifolia) from the southeastern U.S. are the only hydrangeas with cone-shaped flower clusters; all the others have their flowers in rounded or flat-topped clusters.