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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey' ('Little Honey' oakleaf hydrangea)

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey' Photo/Illustration: Reggie Milette


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey' Common Name: 'Little Honey' oakleaf hydrangea Genus: Hydrangea
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 characteristics: Bright foliage, touch plant, and amazing fall color. Also needs little pruning.
Care: Happiest in partial shade, 'Little Honey' will tolerate some sun. Give it moist, fertile, well-drained soil.
Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in early summer, hardwood cuttings in winter.
Problems: Leaf-spotting fungal disease may strike, but is very much non-threatening.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Fall Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Chartreuse
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Low- Maintenance, Color, Foliage, Cut Flower, Hedge
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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