Gardening 101

Hydrangea Pruning Tips

Seaside Serenade Cape Cod hydrangea

It can be confusing on how and when to prune hydrangeas. Here’s a cheat sheet to help guide you.

H. macrophylla – These flower on old wood so prune minimally only after blooming.

H. arborescens – The flowers grow on new stems, which need to be pruned back to 12 inches in late winter.

H. paniculata – The flowers grow on new stems, which need to be pruned back to 12 inches in late winter.

H. serrata – No pruning needed as the flowers bloom on old wood.

H. quercifolia – These flower on old wood so prune minimally only after blooming.

H. petiolaris – This vine version should be pruned to control height since it flowers on new stems.

Featured image – Seaside Serenade Cape Cod hydrangea / Monrovia