Summer Snow Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Summer Snow'

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Summer Snow Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Summer Snow') at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Summer Snow Hydrangea foliage

Summer Snow Hydrangea foliage

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3


A stunning variety featuring variegated foliage streaked and stippled with cream and chartreuse; showy panicles of white flowers in summer, that develop pink tones as they age; regular pruning recommended; needs slightly acidic well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Summer Snow Hydrangea features bold conical white flowers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive creamy white-variegated deciduous green foliage with hints of chartreuse throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark and dark red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Snow Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Summer Snow Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Summer Snow Hydrangea will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features