Native to China and Japan, this tough, deciduous shrub grows to a height of 15 feet and a width of 8 feet or more and looks spectacular when grown in mass plantings and hedges.
New York City can get cold
Of all the hydrangea varieties growing in Theodore Roosevelt Park, Hydrangea paniculata is best able to tolerate low temperatures. Although most hydrangeas prefer partial shade, the hydrangea paniculata tolerates full sun in northern growing areas. This shrub prefers loamy, well-drained soil.
Blossoms on 81st street
Hydrangea paniculata flowers will bloom all summer long. They form pyramid-shaped clusters, 6 to 8 inches long, of creamy-white blossoms that turn pinkish-purple at maturity.
Panicle hydrangeas grow in several gardens along the northern end of Roosevelt Park, at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.