FIRE LIGHT TIDBIT® Panicle Hydrangea

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 3'

A low, mounding habit displays the fabulous blooms of Fire Light Tidbit to extreme advantage! Flowering in late summer, this hydrangea is the perfect option for continuing the hydrangea fun well into fall! Each large rounded bloom emerges frothy lime green, matures to white, blushes to pink, and finishes vibrant dragon fruit pink. Its foliage is at work in the autumn as well, providing the “fire” for this show by blending into hues of orange, maroon, and red! When it comes to front of the border beauty, this dwarf hydrangea provides just the captivating display you’re looking for!

Why grow Fire Light Tidbit® panicle hydrangea?

  • Extremely colorful flowers and foliage
  • Late summer blooms provide fresh interest for fall
  • Dwarf size offers a variety of uses


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 'SMNHPK' PP#32,512; CBRAF


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, Hedges, Mass Planting, Specimen


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

Blooms On

New wood


Tim Wood

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