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Bobo® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

  • Part Sun to Sun
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The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
36" 48"
30 - 36"
36 - 48"
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    Loads of flowers on a tiny plant!

    This dwarf panicle hydrangea will turn heads! Bobo® hydrangea is engulfed by large white flowers in summer. The flowers are held upright on strong stems, and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. No flopping, unlike some panicle hydrangeas! As blooms age, they turn pink. 

    It is compact and dwarf in habit, and the flowers cover every inch of the plant right down to the ground. This plant was developed by Johan Van Huylenbroeck, the same breeder that developed Pinky Winky® hydrangea.


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    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    48 - 60 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
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    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    White summer flowers turn pink in autumn
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
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    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
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    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers good, loamy soil.  Adaptable to many soils, moderate moisture required. Blooms regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning. Prune in late winter/early spring.  Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs.  Follow the label recommendations for rates of application.

    Bobo® Hydrangea paniculata 'ILVOBO' USPP 22,782, Can 4,910
  • 17 Reviews

    • We bought it from a local nursery (pots labeled proven winners) without blooms. Planted these three years ago in spring and it bloomed beautifully the first year. This so far, have been giving us more and more blooms every year, starting as a green foliage in spring to cones of white blooms in summer that turn pink in the fall. I keep them there through winter and the blooms look great for dried cuttings, they maintain their shape all the way to late winter/early spring when im ready to cut them down again. Now we ordered berry poppins and mr poppins online, and will probably come back to review it in a year or two from now.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 10 weeks ago
    • These are awesome! Bought them last year, snipped the top 2 inches or so this spring on the recommendation of a pro gardener. Didn’t bloom, didn’t bloom. Worried I cut wrong. Husband says wait. Mid-July In glorious bloom! They are so luscious, so full, so healthy looking! I’ve never reviewed a plant or flower before, but these are so gorgeous I may never but any thing but PW.

      Julie Ford
      , New York
      , United States
      , 10 weeks ago
    • LOVE. THIS. PLANT!! I want these all over my yard once we have new flower beds developed and a couple of trees further matured! Just gorgeous! Ordered 1 from PW and picked 2 up at my local garden center. Can't wait to watch them grow. Zone 7b 2 in full sun, 1 in partial sun.

      Heather Cole
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 19 weeks ago
    • I have two Bobos planted in 3 foot tall pots at the end of my pool. They have flowered from the first season and are gorgeous. Covered in blooms, so much so that I don’t have to add any other plants to the pot. Worth the expense, but not really that expensive considering you don’t have to add anything. Definitely a thriller all by itself.

      Margaret cowan
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • Don't give up on Bobo. Just some background - I have a couple dozen hydrangeas including Limelight, Quick Fire Pinky Winky, Endless Summer, Twist 'n Shout and some other newer that I can't remember the names. Bobo is slow and I waited until about the third year to see any major growth and flowering. You cannot compare it's growth rate and flowering to some of the more prolific bloomers. You also cannot overwater or fertilize must especially after the plant is established.

      C Huddleston
      , Iowa
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I treated myself to this plant and couldn't be more disappointed. The other hydrangeas in the neighborhood make this one pale by comparison. I think it was actually larger last year when I bought it. I have tried feeding but with no success. So disappointing. I purchased this plant at a very expensive nursery and I'm confident it was well taken care of prior to purchase.

      gale steinman
      , New York
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • We have clay soils and this Bobo plant constantly shows signs of chlorosis. My other hydrangeas (pinky winky, quick fire, endless summer) are fine. The leaves are already turning yellow with green veins and they haven't even bloomed yet. What should I do?

      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • Beautiful plant However it gets much taller than 36 in About 5 ft tall and 4 ft spread

      Amy Davis
      , Tennessee
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted this for the first time this year - in Zone 5A. We have had a hot summer and so I have been watering this Bobo by sprinkler (I know, not ideal) overhead every day around 20 min. It receives morning shade and mostly afternoon sun. It is starting to show yellow leaves that keep falling, suggesting I am watering it too much. However, the flowers also show signs of sun-scorch (brown spots) so it has been very difficult to adjust watering time appropriately. I don't know if it is lacking iron, but I fertilized it early on when I had first planted it (May). Seems to be a fussy plant this year or maybe I am doing too many things wrong.

      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
    • I braided the three largest branches to make it like a tree. Three years old now and is a prolific bloomer with large full flowers. The chiffon are the best of the Rose of Sharon Hibiscus.

      Phil Yust
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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