Information About Tardiva Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata or tardiva hydrangea is said to be a cross between a tree and a shrub. It has many smaller branches that extend out ward. It has a deep green foliage color and it blooms beautiful flowers at the end of summer. The blooms are clusters of tiny white to crème color flowers and some of the blooms never go to flower form. This makes the tardiva hydrangea different from similar flowering trees such as the lilac tree.
The tardiva hydrangea can reach as tall as twenty five feet. It is a perennial plant and its name is said to have come from the word tardy. Because the flowery blooms appear late into the fall and can be seen when other flowering plants blooms are long gone. Since the small branches on this plant are lower to the ground and naturally slope out, it should not be planted near by other flowering plants. It is known as an informal tree so it should be placed in an area all by itself. It is difficult to prune this tree so that it appears uniform, so it is a good idea not to use it for a bordering or bush type plant.
The tardiva hydrangea is very easy to maintain once you have chosen a spot for it in your yard. The best thing about planting one of these types of plants is that it can be used as a tree or bush. All you will need to do is to keep it pruned to the appropriate size to match your surrounds. Or you can simply let the tree grow like a normal tree and enjoy not having to maintain it as much.
Before you plant this tree you will have to dig a trenched hole. Make sure to remove all rocks from the soil and when you plant the tree make sure that all the roots are covered with fresh soil. This type of plant craves nutrients, so you can also add some fresh manure or store bought fertilizer to the mix. Make sure that the base of the tree is elevated slightly. When the tree settles into the soil you do not want it in a hole. You will want it to be even with the rest of the lawn area.
This plant loves water but you cannot saturate the root system because it may do damage to the tree. Instead, you can dig a circle around the outer perimeter of the plant. It will resemble a moat around the base of the tree. You should make it at least a few inches deep and six to seven inches wide. This will insure that the plant receives enough water to grow and thrive but the root system will also not become damaged. You may also not have to water the plant as much, for added convenience.
The tardiva hydrangea likes a mix of full sunlight and shade. It is perfectly fine to plant this tree underneath another taller tree or place is in a spot that receives sunlight all day. That is why this particular plant is so popular. Although the best prescription for a happy tree is to keep it in an area that receives around six hours of sunlight, with a short shade period before nightfall.
To avoid fungal infections that can affect the tardiva hydrangea tree, do not water with nightfall approaching. Only water these plants in the early morning hours, so that the bark and root system remain in a dryer state. If you are having a wet spring season you can apply a fungicide according to the directions to stop any fungal infections.