Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 6-9' Width/Spread: 6-9'

A lot of breeding work is about introducing smaller plants, but in this case, we went big. Pinky Winky Prime® is literally a bit bigger than its predecessor and it’s got a bigger personality to match! Its big lacey flowers are like lanterns in the summertime. Vibrant white panicles begin to blush up from the bottom, turning the blooms into a two-toned combo that’s impossible to miss. At the summer’s end, it sets itself apart from the original by deepening to a shade of true dark pink.

Why grow Pinky Winky Prime hydrangea?

  • Massive flowers
  • Interesting color change from summer into fall
  • Large size works perfectly as a screen or as the specimen for an island bed


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 inches. This will help it absorb more water.

Botanical Name

Hydrangea paniculata 'ILVOHPPRM' PP#35,334, CBRAF


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Pink, White

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Containers, Hedges, Mass Planting, Screening, Specimen


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

Blooms On

New wood


Dr. Johan Van Huylenbroeck


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