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Hydrangea aborescens ‘Invincibelle Spirit’

Height: 1.2 m (4 feet)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 feet)
Bloom: Large, pink, globe shaped heads June to Frost
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Foliage: large medium green leaves
Pluses: long bloom, winter interest

Finally, a pink aborescens hydrangea is here. Until now, all aborescens have been white with the best known being Annabelle.

hydrangea invincibelle spirit
Invincibelle Spirit in July 2012. This specimen was planted as a very small (8 inch tall) start in 2010 and is already well established.

Aborescens hydrangea are stunning performers. Blooming all summer they grow in almost any soil type and are virtually pest free. In our zone 5 garden all that is required is that they are cut down in the spring to about 1 foot, just above a strong bud.

Invincibelle Spirit (sometimes known as Invincible Spirit) provides that and more. With deadheading, it will continuously put on new pink blooms from early summer until frost. The blooms first open deep pink, eventually fading to a soft dusty rose. The blooms vary in size significantly on one plant. While Annabelle produces consistently large white blooms, Invincibelle blooms range from large (about 7 inches) to smaller (about 3 inches). I think faster deadheading may increase the size of later blooms but I kind of like the bright pink mixed with dusty pink so I tend to leave mine on longer. Invincibelle loves heat and tolerates dry weather. While you do not have to deadhead this hydrangea, I do in order to encourage more larger bright pink blooms later in the season.

Garden Locations: Pool Garden

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