BOBO® Panicle Hydrangea

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2.5-3' Width/Spread: 2.5-3'

A delightful dwarf variety that doesn’t skimp on blooms. Bobo® panicle hydrangea’s massive flowers emerge a handsome creamy, lime green and mature to glowing pink. It blooms earlier than other varieties and offers a delightful start to the hydrangea season for gardens big and small! Its compact size fits easily into any landscape, including container gardens or tight spaces. This hydrangea produces flowers on new wood and therefore will flower reliably, without the worry of harsh spring temperature drops zapping buds or improper spring pruning removing them entirely. Although it has a playful name, Bobo takes easy-care elegance very seriously!

Why grow Bobo panicle hydrangea:

  • Massive Blooms on a small habit
  • Blooms early in the summer
  • Compact habit is very useful


Light: The most sun-tolerant type of hydrangea! It will thrive in full sun to Part Sun. In warmer zones, it could benefit from placement in afternoon shade.

Soil: Prefers moist soil that drains easily. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated. Soil pH does not affect flower color, it matures to deep pink in the fall. If browning occurs instead of aging to pink, this is an indication the nights are too warm or that it is getting inconsistent water.

Water: Average water needs.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning is recommended in early spring. Remove weak branches in the middle and about 1/3 of the height and width. Make cuts just about 1/4 of an inch above a bud. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves!

Other: It can be used as a cut flower! For its longest vase life, cut vertically up the stem about 2?. This will help it absorb more water.

Botanical Name

Hydrangea paniculata 'ILVOBO' PP#22,782, CBR#4910


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Green, Pink, White

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Well-drained

Season of Interest



Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Edging, Foundations, Low Hedges, Mass Planting, Woodland gardens


Alkaline soil, Award winner, Clay soil, Compact, Cut flower, Fall interest, Salt tolerant

Blooms On

New wood


Dr. Johan Van Huylenbroeck

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