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Incrediball® Blush Smooth Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens

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Incrediball® Blush Smooth Hydrangea

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Indulge in the aesthetic pleasure of the INCREDIBALL® Blush, a member of the Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs, a selection renowned for their radiant blooms and robust growth. This particular specimen belongs to the Smooth Hydrangea family, scientifically classified as Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA4', adorned with the distinguished recognitions of PP#28,280 and CBR#5624. The INCREDIBALL® Blush isn't just a name; it's a promise of beauty delivered through its delightful pink blossoms, a feature that sets it apart in a garden, creating a tranquil yet vibrant atmosphere.

The INCREDIBALL® Blush is not merely a visual delight; it's a botanical marvel. Boasting strong, resilient stems, this plant stands tall through the seasons, its silvery-pink blooms a testament to its unique charm. The robust stems ensure that the large flowers are showcased elegantly, without the droop commonly associated with other hydrangea varieties. The coloration is a gentle blush, a romantic pink that brings a soft contrast against its lush green foliage. The round, full blooms are not just large, but are prolific rebloomers, gracing your garden with fresh flowers from summer into the fall. This enduring display of blossoms is a visual narrative of the cycle of life, symbolizing continuity and renewal.

Plant Attributes

The INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea, botanical name Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA4', is a proud member of the Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs brand. This plant is uniquely identified by its Patent and Certificate of Registration numbers, PP#28,280 and CBR#5624, marking its distinguished position among horticultural varieties. One of the most captivating attributes of this plant is its pink flower color, which presents a delightful visual display. Adding to its charm is the reblooming characteristic, where the plant continuously produces fresh flowers through the autumn season.

The strong stems of the INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea are a noteworthy feature, providing a robust support for the extra large blooms. These blooms are not just large, but bear a unique and appealing shade of silvery-pink which is sure to catch the eye.

The growth dynamics of this plant are equally appealing. It reaches a mature height and width of 4 to 5 feet, showcasing a deciduous growth habit. The blooming phase is a long-lasting spectacle, beginning in summer and extending into the fall, making it a garden favorite for an extended period. The foliage, colored a lush green, provides a beautiful backdrop for the pink blooms, creating a stunning contrast that enhances its aesthetic appeal. Suited to USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8, the INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea showcases a remarkable resilience to cold temperatures, able to withstand lows of -40°F/-40°C. It's adaptable to varying sunlight exposure, thriving in both full sun to part sun conditions.

Landscape Use

The INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea, with its captivating large silvery-pink blooms and robust growth, offers a myriad of landscaping uses which can significantly enhance the aesthetic and structural appeal of gardens and outdoor spaces. Here are some of the landscaping uses for this remarkable plant:

  1. Focal Point Creation: With its large, appealing blooms, the INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea serves as a natural focal point in a garden setting. Its distinctive flower color and form can draw attention and create a visually pleasing center of interest.
  2. Border Planting: Its mature size of 4 to 5 feet in both height and width makes it an excellent choice for border planting, where it can create a well-defined edge to garden beds or pathways.
  3. Mixed Shrub Borders: The INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea can be combined with other shrubs to create mixed borders. Its unique silvery-pink blooms provide a beautiful contrast to shrubs with different flower colors and foliage types.
  4. Foundation Planting: This hydrangea can be used near building foundations to soften the lines of the structure and add a splash of color. Its moderate size makes it suitable for such applications without overshadowing the architecture.
  5. Cottage Gardens: The old-world charm of hydrangeas makes the INCREDIBALL® Blush a perfect fit for cottage-style gardens, adding a touch of romanticism with its delicate pink blooms.
  6. Container Gardening: For those with limited space or those desiring mobility in garden design, the INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea can be grown in large containers. Its vibrant blooms make a dramatic statement in container gardens.
  7. Cut Flower Gardens: The blooms of INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea are not only long-lasting on the plant, but also as cut flowers. They can be used to create elegant floral arrangements, fresh or dried.
  8. Mass Planting: Planting these hydrangeas in masses can create a stunning visual impact, especially when in full bloom.
  9. Wildlife Habitat: Hydrangeas can also serve as habitat for beneficial insects, providing nectar for pollinators during the blooming season.
  10. Screening: Although not a tall shrub, when planted in a row or cluster, the INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea can provide a low screen or divider within a garden, delineating spaces while adding beauty.

Planting & Care

Planting Instructions:

  1. Planting Time: Spring or fall are the ideal times to plant hydrangeas.
  2. Location: Select a location that receives full sun to partial sun. While this hydrangea can tolerate a range of light conditions, morning sun with afternoon shade is generally favorable.
  3. Soil Preparation: Ensure the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter. You can improve soil quality by adding compost or well-rotted manure.
  4. Planting Hole: Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 2-3 times as wide.
  5. Placement: Remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
  6. Backfilling: Fill in the hole with soil, gently firming it around the root ball to eliminate air pockets.
  7. Watering: Water the plant thoroughly after planting to settle the soil.

Care Instructions:

  1. Watering: Hydrangeas prefer consistently moist soil. Water the plant deeply once or twice a week, more during hot or dry periods.
  2. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.
  3. Fertilizing: Apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer in early spring. You can also use a fertilizer specially formulated for hydrangeas.
  4. Pruning: Pruning is typically not necessary, but if desired, prune in late winter or early spring to maintain shape and size.
  5. Winter Care: In colder regions, consider applying a thicker layer of mulch around the base of the plant for extra winter protection.
  6. Pest and Disease Monitoring: Regularly check the plant for signs of pests or diseases. If detected, treat with appropriate remedies as soon as possible.
  7. Support: Although INCREDIBALL® Blush hydrangea has strong stems, consider providing support if the plant is laden with large blooms to prevent any damage.

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Plant Features

  • Botanical Name: Hydrangea arborescens
  • Form: Shrub
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to Part sun
  • Height/Habit: 48 – 60 inches
  • Spread: 48 – 60 inches
  • Spacing: Information not provided, but typically spaced based on spread.
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Flowering Date: Blooms summer through fall
  • Planting Instructions: Not specified, but typically set at the same level it is at in the container, firm and water thoroughly.
  • Winter Care: None specified, but mulching could be beneficial in northern zones during the first winter if fall planted.
  • Growth Rate: Not specified, but finish time is 1 season which indicates a relatively quick establishment.
  • Shipping Season: Not specified.
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Flower Form: Not specified, but similar to other hydrangeas, it may have globe-like flower clusters.
  • Foliage Type: Green
  • Pruning: Not specified, but typically prune to maintain a desired size or to remove any wild branches, or dead wood in spring.
  • Soil Requirement: Not specified, but typically prefers well-drained, moisture retentive soil.

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