Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPFL' FIRE LIGHT is extremely durable and hardy, outwardly spreading, producing large creamy-white flowers that change to vivid red towards the end of the season.
Inflorescence: Panicle, 160mm x 120mm, panicles are upright and rounded in shape, open white but transform to deep pink early in season.
Bred by Timothy D. Wood, Spring Lake, Michigan, USA, in 2011. Patent granted to T. D. Wood in 2013.
Trade designation: Hydrangea paniculata FIRE LIGHT.
Zones: 3 to 8
Size: Large (to 2m).
Color in neutral soil:
White, aging to pink.
Color in acidic soil with AI present:
White, aging to pink (no change)
Ray florets: 4 sepals, rounded, entire, overlapping, 40mm diam., frequently the central eye will open into a male flower.
Leaves: Simple, opposite and deciduous. Dark green with pink petioles (10mm). Ovate. Margin: serrulate. Apex: acuminate. Base: obtuse. Venation pattern: pinnate. Texture of adaxial and abaxial surfaces: coarse, pubescent. 110mm l x 45mm w.