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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ (Oakleaf hydrangea)

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ hy-DRAIN-jah kwer-sih-FOE-lee-ah Common Name: Oakleaf hydrangea Genus: Hydrangea
This cultivar has large flowerheads of intricate double blossoms layered on top of one another. 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 as they dry. 
Noteworthy characteristics: Beautiful double flowers. 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. 
Care: 'Snowflake' will adapt to full sun if provided with adequate moisture. It 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.
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
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Interesting Bark; Native; Showy Fall Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Early Summer; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Dried Flower, Naturalizing, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Cottage Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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