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‘Little Honey’ oakleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey'

Oakleaf hydrangeas are already one of my favorite shrubs: They are tough and reliable; have great foliage, flowers, and fall color; and provide stems of dried flowers in winter. Just when I thought they could not get any better, chartreuse-foliaged ‘Little Honey’ came along. Creamy white flowers appear in summer, then dry on the plant for months of show. ‘Little Honey’ rarely requires pruning, besides some thinning or shaping. To brighten the shade even more, plant hot pink or orange flowers and bright purple-foliaged tropicals nearby. -Irvin Etienne, Fine Gardening #147 (October 2012), page 72

Noteworthy CharacteristicsBright foliage, touch plant, and amazing fall color. Also needs little pruning.

CareHappiest in partial shade, 'Little Honey' will tolerate some sun. Give it moist, fertile, well-drained soil.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in early summer, hardwood cuttings in winter.

ProblemsLeaf-spotting fungal disease may strike, but is very much non-threatening.

  • Genus : Hydrangea
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Foliage Color : Chartreuse
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. user-7007448 03/22/2015

    Could someone please direct me to a website/nursery where I can purchase 'little honey'? I have had such trouble getting my hands one, despite looking for over a year now! THANKS :)

    1. eartharto 08/23/2015

      'Little Honey' should be showing up in your local garden centers by now, though not likely at the box stores. Bigger plant for less $ than you will get mail order. Good luck and happy planting (Also look for 'Ruby Slippers')

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