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Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink Elf'

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Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink Elf') at Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea flowers

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea flowers

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Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink Elf') at Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea flowers

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  French Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea

Description:

One of the showiest and most desired summer-blooming garden plants with large pink lacecap flowers that get more blue in acid soil; a compact variety, blooms on old wood of the previous season

Ornamental Features

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea features bold pink lacecap flowers with blue overtones at the ends of the branches from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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 should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. 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, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Pink Elf Dwarf Hydrangea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Massing  Screening  Edging  Garden  Container 
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