304. Panicle Hydrangea

Panicle Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Praecox’

Accession 14714*A

This plant is a bit out of place. It stands in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection, but it is not a member of the rose family. Collected in 1892 in Japan by Arboretum founding director Charles Sprague Sargent and planted in this area—which used to be the shrub collection—the plant has been at the Arboretum for over 120 years as the landscape changed around it. In spring, the hydrangea grows small, dark green leaves. In summer, clusters of white florets emerge. In fall, the leaves turn yellow, allowing the tree’s gray-brown bark to take the stage in winter