Hydrangea arborescens 3-5' x same. Introduced by JC McDaniel, U of Illinois, 1962.
Among the earliest of the hydrangeas to flower. Upright rounded shrub bears large pompom-like white flower clusters up to 1' across from late June till September. Arguably the most attractive cultivar of our native eastern species. Heart-shaped leaves are 5–6". Grows fast and suckers freely. If you’re looking for a shrub to flower late summer in the shade, here you go.
This selection was found by Harriet Kirkpatrick while riding her horse through the woods in Union County, Illinois. She noticed something special about the plant and later went back and dug it up with her sister. It was propagated and passed around to friends and neighbors in the town of Anna for years before McDaniel discovered it and later named it for the “two belles of Anna” who found it.
Cut to the ground and fertilize lightly in late winter for stunning bloom next summer. Suited to perennial borders and naturalized gardens. Species native to eastern U.S. Z3. (1-3' bare-root plants)