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Invincibelle Wee White® Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

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
3' 3'
12" - 3'
12" - 3'
  • Details


    The biggest thing to happen to hydrangeas happens to be tiny!

    Invincibelle Wee White® hydrangea is positively ground-breaking: it's the first dwarf 'Annabelle' type hydrangea in the world! This cute little landscape plant ensures that any landscape can enjoy the reliability, low-maintenance, and season-long beauty of hydrangeas. It reaches just 1-2.5' (.3-.7 m) tall and naturally grows as a tidy, rounded mound. Each flower emerges a soft, blush pink before changing to white, and is held up on a strong, supportive stem for a display that looks more like a bouquet of flowers than a landscape plant. Blooming begins in early summer and continues through frost, with new flowers appearing the whole time. Versatile and floriferous, it just might be the solution to your landscape problems. Winner of the 2018 Direct Gardening Association Green Thumb award; available in better garden centers in spring 2018.

    Top three reasons to grow Invincibelle Wee White hydrangea:

    1. The only dwarf 'Annabelle' hydrangea in the world.

    2. Strong stems hold the flowers upright, even after summer storms.

    3. Reblooming for months of fresh flowers.

    Award Winner
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    12 - 30 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    12 - 30 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    You can use Invincibelle Wee White hydrangea in almost any landscape application. It's an especially nice choice for easy-care summer interest for foundation plantings or flower beds.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    We recommend a minimum of six hours of bright sun for all smooth hydrangeas like Invincibelle Wee White. Sun ensures the strongest stems and the most blooms. In hot climates, afternoon shade is a good idea, but some sun is still imperative for best performance.

    Pruning is very simple for Invincibelle Wee White hydrangea: just cut the whole plant back by about one-third its total height each spring, just as the new growth begins to appear on the stems. This serves to preserve the woody base while encouraging new growth for maximum blooms. 

    A 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) thick layer of shredded bark mulch is smart for all hydrangeas, which tend to have shallow roots. If desired, fertilize in early spring with a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer.

    Fun Facts: 

    Smooth hydrangeas like Invincibelle Wee White are native to much of southeastern and central North America - you may even find one on a hike, though it won't look like the showy mophead varieties we grow in our gardens.

    Invincibelle Wee White® Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA5' USPP 30,296, Can 6,345
  • 25 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Very disappointed in this plant Bought 3 Apiril 2020 Very weak branches flop over are not strong enough to support blooms. Weak spindly looking plants even though planted in sunny location One plant did not bloom at all very poor growth All fertilized initially with organic transplanter fertilizer then rose food this year Do not recommend

      Anne Edwards
      , Canada
      , 1 min ago
    • Like many others, I ordered three of these, and am greatly disappointed. Blooms burn out so fast the shrub just looks like brush. Debating what to do about them.

      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 2 weeks ago
    • IT gets better with age and can sometimes bloom wee lime to creamy white to white. I think its the acidity or alkalinity of my soil because as soon as I added nutrients and amended the soil it bloomed the following time whiter. Maybe PW should post Soil ph details under the Sun details for us newbie hydrangea owners not familiar with its ph sensitive blooms/changing shades. Love them all the same, wee lime or wee white.

      , Canada
      , 9 weeks ago
    • I purchased 3 Wee Whites 3 years ago. I am very happy with them - they are just the look I was going for. They probably get 6 hours of sun. What I've discovered (for my garden) is that I need to be sure they are getting enough water and that they have enough mulch to keep their shallow root systems cool. Otherwise. I will definitely get scorching - which is not pretty and makes for a disappointing season when they are so pretty otherwise. Also, for my situation (soil, light, zone...), they take a little while to get to that pretty white (though they're never as white as say, my Mock Orange bush), but they get there, and I will be purchasing additional sweet Wee Whites.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 11 weeks ago
    • I have 7 wee whites planted in full sun and two wee whites planted in an area that gets more shade (3-4 hrs per day). None of the wee whites are as advertised. The 7 in full sun are a cream color and the blooms burned up very fast. So now I have wee tans. The two planted in the shadier spot are more like wee limes. It is only late June, so maybe I need to give it time……maybe, let’s hope.

      Marsha Sudol
      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 15 weeks ago
    • I have 7 wee whites planted in full sun and two wee whites planted in an area that gets more shade (3-4 hrs per day). None of the wee whites are as advertised. The 7 in full sun are a cream color and the blooms burned up very fast. So now I have wee tans. The two planted in the shadier spot are more like wee limes. It is only late June, so maybe I need to give it time……maybe, let’s hope.

      Marsha Sudol
      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 15 weeks ago
    • The name should be changed to Wee "LIME" green not wee white. I've been looking for smaller white hydrangea and I was so excited at finding this one. Planted them in the planters as soon as I received my order. But how disappointing they turned out to be!! the flowers are nothing like the picture but just dull lime color. Even not close to the color of cream. I'm so disappointed but there is no way I can return them. How is this plant awarded because the color is so off?? Prospected buyers please aware!! Trust our reviews , don't repeat my mistake by ignoring all these reviews, don't waste your money if you are looking for white hydrangea, this one is definitely not for you. But if you are looking for a dwarf lime green hydrangea, then you have found it! The Wee "LIME".

      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 20 weeks ago
    • I bought and planted 8 plants in October 2018. The first summer the blooms didn’t last very long and they weren’t very many. This summer, the blooms are plentiful. I love the smaller compact size. We’ve had some major rain storms the the flowers stayed upright. The only thing I’m not 100% happy about is that they’re not a true white colour as it’s name suggests, more of a creamy colour. But I still love the plant. Would definitely purchase them again though.

      Caron S.
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • We purchased 8 'Wee White' from a local grower in Fall 2019 and planted in beds with varying growing conditions (all have irrigation if needed). As we enter a blistering hot streak in early July 2020, these plants look fantastic. We have established/ mature wild smooth hydrangea and classic Annabelle in the gardens also. It's great to be able to tuck this native into smaller spaces, punching up the bloom action with an easy-care plant. These young plants have been blooming for weeks and are still going strong. Will be planting at a friend's retirement community this Fall.

      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Bought 3 of these last year for my daughters fairy garden, they are adorable! The flowers truly are so pretty and “wee” in size! We planted in a part sun area, they love it There! Super cute unique addition to any garden I highly recommend these!

      Angie O
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
  • 1 Award

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    2018 Top Performer Penn State
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