INVINCIBELLE® Ruby Smooth Hydrangea

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

A captivating two-toned color show for the middle of the border! Invincibelle Ruby has dark burgundy flower buds that open to a two-toned combination of ruby red and silvery pink petals, each bloom has beautiful depth and lends a sense of delicate intricacy to any garden. It will rebloom throughout the summertime, creating a dynamic array of dark buds, cheery fresh blooms, and soft pink mature coloring. Due to its ability to bloom on new wood, all the anxiety is taken out of growing hydrangeas! There’s no need to cover these for the wintertime and with a light prune in the early spring, you’ll be all set to see it stand up in your garden through heavy rains and strong winds.

Why grow Invincibelle Ruby smooth hydrangea?

  • So versatile, can be used in mixed gardens, as a hedge, foundation plantings, etc.
  • Very easy care, its ability to flower on new wood takes the stress away from pruning.
  • Unique coloring is great for the garden and cut flower displays.


Light: It depends on the climate you live in. For gardens at the cooler end of their hardiness range, they will thrive in full sun. For gardens at the warmer end of the range, it benefits 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.

Water: Average water needs.

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

Pruning: Pruning is recommended in early spring. When the buds begin to swell noticeably, cut the whole plant back by one third. Make cuts just about a quarter 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 inches. This will help it absorb more water.

Botanical Name

Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA3' PP#28,317, CBR#5623


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Pink, Red

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun



Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Foundations, Hedges, Low Hedges, Mass Planting, Specimen


Alkaline soil, Award winner, Clay soil, Cut flower, Long blooming, Native, Salt tolerant

Blooms On

New wood


Dr. Tom Ranney


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