Invincibelle ruby smooth hydrangea

Invincibelle® Ruby Smooth Hydrangea

Scientific Name

Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA3’

Order

Cornales

Family

Hydrangeaceae

Type

Shrub

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

27

Invincibelle ruby smooth hydrangea

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Physical Description

Invincibelle® ruby smooth hydrangea, a selection of the species native to Illinois, has blue-green foliage and dark burgundy flower buds that bloom into silvery-pink flowers in early summer. In the fall, the flowers dry and persist on the upright stems, providing cover for wildlife, until they are cut back in the spring. This shrub cultivar prefers average, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade and is useful as an accent plant or as a group.

Native Range

From cultivation; species native to eastern United States

USDA Hardiness Zone

4–9

Average Mature Height

3.5 feet

Flower Color

Pink

Flowering Months

July–September

Supports

Bees and small mammals

Yellow flowers

Second Saturday Garden Tours

Join fellow nature lovers for a free, guided tour of Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse plant life and ecosystems. During each tour, a zoo horticulturist will point out interesting species in bloom, answer questions from guests, and discuss the horticulture program’s past, present, and future.

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An Accredited Arboretum

In 2019, Lincoln Park Zoo earned Level II arboretum accreditation in recognition of the Horticulture staff’s ongoing effort to identify, label, and monitor the more than 330 species of trees, shrubs, and woody plants represented across the 49-acre park.