Lottah Nursery Tasmania, Australia
Syn. 'Smooth Hydrangea'
arborescens is a suckering summer flowering shrub with upright non-branching shoots growing to a meter or more in height. It is capable of extending its territory unless kept in line with a sharp spade.
'Annabelle' is reported to bear large corymbs of flowers up to 300 mm across; our personal experience of this clone is that flowers easily exceed 250 mm in diameter. Flowers start off green but mature to white and finish off brown in late Autumn/Winter.
When the plant is well established some growers cut back old growth to the ground in Winter and fertilize lightly for developing the best flowers the following season.
'Annabelle' is popular as a dried flower; stems are cut as flowers start turning brown, stripped of leaves and hung to dry.
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