However, there are also a few varieties that simply stay.
Different types of hydrangeas require pruning at different times of the year.
For example, for smooth hydrangeas such as Annabelles, you’ll want to wait until they finish blooming before cutting them back. Pruning in late fall or early spring before new growth begins will bring new blooms all summer. Big Leaf and Oakleaf hydrangeas should be pruned no later than early fall, otherwise you may cut off buds.
Sep 04, Once you’ve gotten your hydrangea tree back into a more winter-resistant shape, start pruning early in the spring rather than the fall.
That’s because the dried flower heads of the panicled hydrangea have ornamental value over the winter, so you’ll want to keep them until spring. Mar 25, Prune back stems to just above a fat bud - called a heading cut - in fall, late winter or spring.
These plants have conical-shaped flower heads. I recommend leaving the dry, tan flower heads on the plant to provide some winter interest in your landscape, so I wait to prune these until late winter or spring. Some favorite panicle hydrangeas. Prune your Hydrangea paniculata tree in the early spring before new, visible growth begins to emerge. This can also be done in very late winter in warmer areas, after the last hard frost. Step 2 Cut away any spent flowers that have remained on the tree over the winter with pruning shears.
To maintain the pink flowers, plant in an alkaline soil or add lime to the soil to maintain a pH of 6 or more.
May 16, It, too, blooms on old wood so should not be pruned until after flowering. Panicle hydrangeas, Hydrangea paniculata: Often pruned as tree forms, these shrubs (Tardivas, PeeGees) explode with panicle-shaped white flowers in mid- to late summer. Because they bloom on new wood, prune these in early spring before they sprout new shrubgrinding.bar: Danny Flanders.