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Hydrangea paniculata ssp viridis (Panicled hydrangea)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Genus: Hydrangea
Species: H. paniculata
Sub species: H. paniculata ssp viridis
Binomial name: Hydrangea paniculata ssp viridis
Common name: Panicled hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata is a species of flowering plant native to southern and eastern China, Korea, Japan and Russia. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree, 1–5 m tall by 2.5 m broad, growing in sparse forests or thickets in valleys or on mountain slopes.
The leaves are broadly oval, toothed and 7–15 cm long. In late summer it bears large conical panicles of creamy white fertile flowers, together with pinkish white sterile florets.
The name "paniculata" comes from the fact that many of the blooms are panicle-shaped (cone shaped) rather than the usual ball-shaped of hydrangeas. Many paniculata blooms develop a lovely pink shade as the blooms age.
Hydrangea paniculata ssp viridis grows to about 1.8 m tall.