We were told these are called strawberry hydrangeas because the white blooms turn a pretty light strawberry pink. The stems are long, woody and coming straight up out of the root. I have not removed the spent blooms since I am not familiar with hydrangeas and have in the past cut them back so much that they normally die. These do seem to be a more hardy shrub. I am at a loss at what to do. Help. Thank you.
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Here's a link to an extension service article that addresses pruning of this specific type of hydrangea: https://ask.extension.org/questions/428184
I believe your plant is related to the PeeGee family. Here's our article about pruning different types of hydrangeas: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/prune-hydrangea-bushes-hydrangea-pruning-instructions.htm