This species offers the most hardy of the cultivated hydrangeas including the PeeGee hydrangea, H. paniculata 'Grandiflora'. 'Kyushu is a lovely cultivar with fuzzy white cones on which flit the large sterile bracts like white moths. This cultivar is often available in both a shrub and a tree (standard) form.
Asia - China and Japan
Bamboo scrub, open forests and by streams[. Sparse forests or thickets in valleys or on mountain slopes or tops, at elevations of 300 - 2100 m in China.