Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle
'Annabelle' is a small, bushy deciduous shrub with broadly-ovate, dark green leaves and very large, spherical heads of white flowers in summer.
This is a genus of about 100 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, trees and climbers from eastern Asia and the Americas.
The leaves are large and oval, with serrated edges and are a fresh, bright green colour. The flower heads consist of very small fertile flowers surrounded by larger, four-petalled, sterile florets and can be rounded (mopheads), conical or flat-topped (lacecaps). The colours include white, red, pink, purple and blue. The non-white flowers are affected by the pH of the soil, with acid soils producing blue flowers and alkaline ones, pink.
While hydrangeas are grown mainly for their flowers, they also have interesting, flaky, peeling bark when mature, and attractive foliage with good autumn colour.
The name derives from two Greek words: hydor, meaning water, and angos, meaning a vase or receptacle, alluding to the shape of the seed capsule.
Hydrangeas make excellent specimen plants or group plantings and the climbers are very good on shaded walls.
They may cause mild stomach upset if ingested and contact with foliage may aggravate skin allergies.
Grown in 3 litre pot and approx 50cm tall