Oakleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’
Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’)
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Genus:  Hydrangea
This cultivar produces 8-inch-long, conical flower heads from early summer on. It is as notable for its distinct, deeply lobed leaves as for its reliably showy, creamy blooms. The foliage produces outstanding fall color and the flowers take on purplish-pink hues when dried.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This exceptional shrub is native to the southeastern U.S., where it is found growing along stream banks. It is equally stunning in a mixed border or woodland setting. The flowers are good for cutting and drying.
Care:  It is adaptable to full sun if provided with adequate moisture, and needs little pruning.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in early summer, hardwood cuttings in winter.
Problems:  Gray mold, slugs, powdery mildew, rust, ringspot virus, leaf spots.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Dried Flower,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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