LITTLE QUICK FIRE® Panicle Hydrangea

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 3-5' Width/Spread: 3.5-5'

As a dwarf form of Quick Fire® hydrangea, Little Quick Fire® is just as early-blooming, but about one third of the size. Its blooms begin white and change to burgundy pink over a short time, giving the late summer garden a true jewel to marvel at. Flowering about a month earlier than other panicles and with the best fall foliage color of any panicle hydrangea, it lengthens the hydrangea season for any garden! This makes it an easy choice for foundation plantings, where its full habit softens the straight lines of a home and its blooms provide long-lasting dazzling beauty.

Why grow Little Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea?

  • Useful compact size
  • Dramatic color show
  • Easy-care maintenance


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

136; CBR#5406, Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPLQF' PP#25


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Red, White

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


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


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

Blooms on

New wood


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