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Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA2’ (Invincibelle® Spirit II)

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Another product of the plant breeding program at North Carolina State University, Invincibelle® Spirit II wild hydrangea tied with Incrediball® Blush wild hydrangea as the highest-rated pink hydrangea in the trial. Proving that sequels can sometimes be better than the original, Invincibelle® Spirit II is a marked improvement over Invincibelle® Spirit and has a more robust habit, darker pink flower coloration, and more pollinator visits than its predecessor. In fact, this cultivar received the most pollinator visits of any mophead hydrangea in the trial, although still fewer than the average lacecap hydrangea. Therefore, Invincibelle®Spirit II is an excellent choice for gardeners who want a hydrangea with a typical mophead look that also supports pollinators. Invincibelle® Spirit II was one of the larger plants in the trial, however, cutting the plant back in spring reduced the height of this plant from 6’ to 4’ and the width from 8’ to 7’, making this a good option for smaller gardens.


  • Rating
    4.5 (Top Performer) 
  • Common Name
    Invincibelle® Spirit II wild hydrangea  
  • Bloom Period
    late June - early July  
  • Peak Bloom
    Late June to early July  
  • Size
    6' x 8' 
  • Flower Type
  • Inflorescence Diameter
  • Pollinator Score