Create a Flowering Privacy Oasis
Little Quick Fire® Hydrangea is a beautiful panicle hydrangea that boasts a medium size, large flowers, and early blooms. It packs all of the flower power of its larger cousin into a tight, perfectly-sized shrub.
A cultivar of Hydrangea paniculata, Little Quick Fire is known as an early bloomer, flowering up to a month before other hydrangeas. The panicle flowers start out white and change to dusty pink or red as summer progresses.
Hydrangea 'Little Quick Fire' blooms are about six inches long and make excellent cut flowers or dried flower arrangements to enjoy their form and color after the summer is gone. Try your hand at drying a few panicles to preserve their color for year-round display in your home.
With their medium size and compact upright growth habit, these shrubs are perfect for creating a colorful screen of plants. Use them to shield a patio from neighboring properties or create a secluded corner of the garden for that peaceful reading chair.
This early bloomer is also great for helping pollinators when they have fewer choices earlier in the year. Long-lasting blooms and an extended summer flowering season are capped by deep orange fall foliage.
Plant a couple around your bird bath to make it extra enticing and give your feathered bathers a little shelter.
Little Quick Fire Hydrangea Care Information
An exceptionally cold-tolerant hydrangea, Little Quick Fire® can be planted in USDA zones 3-8, making it an excellent choice for northern gardeners. Take care to plant it in a more sheltered location and mulch well for winter if your site is in the northern end of the range.
Little Quick Fire, like most hydrangeas, will grow in full sun to partial shade. Gardeners in more southern locations may find Little Quick Fire panicle hydrangea enjoys morning sun more than harsh afternoon heat and rays. Try an area that receives dappled shade in the afternoon if your home is in zone 8.
Plant this panicle hydrangea in well-drained, fertile loamy soil and watch it go. If your soil is a bit less than perfect, this cultivar can handle it. Avoid heavy clay or poorly draining sites.
Add compost and keep your new Little Quick Fire® watered deeply and regularly for the first year after planting. Once established, these hydrangeas are somewhat tolerant of drought conditions and won’t need much maintenance.
Little Quick Fire Hydrangea Size
Smaller than the large ‘Snowball’ varieties, Little Quick Fire® will reach about 3-5 feet in height and width at maturity, making it very manageable for smaller yards or tighter spaces.
An outstanding large-container cultivar, Little Quick Fire® makes a classy flowering patio shrub and will be at the smaller end of the size range when kept in a suitable pot or planter.
Little Quick Fire Hydrangea Pruning Needs
Panicle hydrangeas are easy to prune. Since they flower on new wood, there are no worries about pruning off this year’s flower buds like with some other hydrangeas.
Prune in late winter or early spring before bud break. You can prune all stems in winter down to about 6-12” from the base of the plant. Deadheading is not required.
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Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
White, dusty pink
Mature Width 3-5 ft
Mature Height 3-5 ft
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8