Looks like snowball but blooms in summer

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Date Photo Taken: July 16, 2011
Location: Southside of Atlanta Georgia
Posted By: smokeyab


This bush has a weeping quality and always blooms in June not the spring like snowball bush. Also, does not grow upright but droops over on long stems and blooms at the end of the stem. It didnt bloom so much until recent rains but always droops.I have seen similar flowers on upright bushes in the spring in my neighborhood but only mine blooms summer.


  1. Lori Unregistered says:

    I have no idea what this is but I’d love to know too! I have them also. They used to be bush size, but over the years have actually grown into a small tree that weeps with these blooms. It’s gorgeous but no one knows what it is that I’ve asked? Curious to see an answer :o)

    July 22nd, 2011 at 9:17 pm
  2. Camilla Unregistered says:

    It took a while for it to bloom well but last winter, I trimmed it back a lot and this year it exploded with blooms. I wish that I had planted it somewhere else. I had no idea it would get so big because it was growing so slowly, then bang, it got bigger.

    July 24th, 2011 at 9:02 am
  3. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Possibly a peegee hydrangea. http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/paniculata.html

    July 24th, 2011 at 10:42 am
  4. Craig Unregistered says:

    Looks like it could be Limelight Hydrangea. Limelight may not be the exact variety but my Limelight Hydrangea droops just like this after the blooms fully open and it rains.

    I am certain it is at least some type of Panicle Hydrangea.

    Check out this link: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/49376/#b

    July 26th, 2011 at 2:33 pm
  5. rvc99 Registered says:

    I just posted a similar question. anxious to hear what this is.

    July 30th, 2011 at 8:43 am
  6. Camilla Unregistered says:

    It looks a lot like this hydrangea except my huge one is not taking on a tree form at all. It just sends out the long weeping branches. I planted it 6 or 7 years ago. My goodness, looks like I will have to move it(dont think I can) or just keep pruning it hard every winter. I am always laughing about people that plant things in the wrong place and look what I did. I will research the hydrangea and see. Also, mine doesnt change color at all. thanks everybody.

    July 30th, 2011 at 5:37 pm
  7. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Camilla, your pruning comment suggest peegee hydrangea as well. See this previous post regarding pruning the peegees. http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/peegee-hydrangea-pruning/

    July 31st, 2011 at 7:28 pm
  8. Bobby Unregistered says:

    To whom it may concern, ahem, having recently noticed two Q & A entries on Walter’s site regarding the Panicle Hydrangeas, http://www.walterreeves.com/landscaping/panicle-hydrangea-identification-2/
    I feel led to ask the following. Walter, what the heck is a Peegee Hydrangea?

    August 1st, 2011 at 4:30 pm
  9. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    “PeeGee” is just the abbreviation for “paniculata Grandiflora”

    Sorta like we abbreviate Bacillus thuringiensis to B.t.

    August 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm
  10. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Thanks Walter. Sorry to be so dense but I must now clear the muddy water. Is it incorrect to refer to all panicle hydrangeas as a Peegee type hydrangea?

    August 1st, 2011 at 7:12 pm
  11. Camilla Unregistered says:

    Wonderful work you guys! Thank you so much. I was going to move them but since it is ok to prune healvily, I can enjoy them in their present location. I have third one that has not started bloom yet. I am going to move it to a prominent locations so the neighborhood can worship it. LOL.

    August 2nd, 2011 at 8:23 am
  12. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Bobby – I guess you could call them all “Peegee-type hydrangeas”…..but since the flower color and the flower shape differ so much I think “panicle hydrangea” is better.

    August 3rd, 2011 at 9:00 am
  13. Carol Hight Unregistered says:

    Looks like limelight hydrangea to me. The leaves curve backwards, away from the blooms, and it appears to be growing in full sun. Beautiful.

    August 16th, 2011 at 1:24 pm
  14. Camilla Unregistered says:

    You know Carol, I never noticed that it was green until the posters mentioned it. What a jewel that I have! We are looking for a place in the yard to put a small one that has never bloomed. I think it is getting too much shade. Now that I know its potential, I will dig it up.

    August 16th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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