INVINCIBELLE® Spirit II Smooth Hydrangea

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

A pink-flowered, mophead selection of our native H. arborescens, Invincibelle® Spirit II has sturdy stems and flowers that bloom in mid-summer. The large, mophead flowers start out a deep, soft pink and age to an attractive green. Once established, this adaptable plant will tolerate some dry conditions, as well as black walnut. Invincibelle® Spirit II smooth is perfect for use as a hedge or in foundation plantings. Best of all, whenever an Invincibelle® Spirit II hydrangea is sold, $1 is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Through sales of this plant and pink day events at garden centers across North America, over $1 million has been raised to help fund the important work of finding a cure for breast cancer.

Why grow Invincibelle® Spirit II smooth hydrangea?

  • Extraordinarily handsome – deep pink flowers and clean dark foliage.
  • Very reliable growth thanks to its cold hardiness.
  • Each purchase supports life-saving breast cancer research.


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 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 arborescens 'NCHA2' PP#28,316; CBR#5622


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Early Summer through Fall


Borders, Foundations, Hedges, Specimen


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

Blooms on

New wood


Dr. Tom Ranney


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