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Oakleaf Hydrangea, 'Snow Queen' quercifolia

Oakleaf Hydrangea ‘Snow Queen’ features showy white flowers, oak leaf shaped foliage, and seasonal interest, making this hydrangea an exceptional choice for any garden!  Its white conical flower clusters fade into a pink hue in the fall with a backdrop of deep red and maroon foliage.  In winter, rich brown stems are revealed by exfoliating bark.

The oakleaf hydrangea is one of the few hydrangeas native to the United States.  The upright habit of this cultivar makes it ideal for small spaces, as well as shrub borders or an accent plant.  It has a broad rounded habit and typically grows 4-5’ tall and as wide.  Its disease resistant leaves have a distinctive oak-like shape to approximately 8” long.  Hydrangeas are an excellent low maintenance  shrub for any gardener!

‘Snow Queen’ thrives in full sun to partial shade and should be planted in well-drained soil. This hydrangea blooms on old wood.

Plant Details +

Botanical Hydrangea quercifolia
Common Name Oakleaf Hydrangea
Family Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea Family)
Height 4-5'
Spacing 5-6'
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade. Hydrangeas benefit from some shade in the middle of the afternoon, especially in hotter regions.
Foliage Rich green, oakleaf-shaped
Flower White fading to pink flowers
Bloomtime Midsummer - frost

General Information +

General Characteristics: Hydrangea quercifolia, commonly called oak leaf hydrangea, is an upright, broad-rounded, suckering, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically grows 4-6' (less frequently to 8') tall. It is native to bluffs, moist woods, ravines, and stream banks from Georgia to Florida to Louisiana. It is noted for producing pyramidal panicles of white flowers in summer on exfoliating branches clad with large, 3-7 lobed, oak-like, dark green leaves. Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants should be given a sheltered location and winter protection (e.g., mulch, burlap wrap) in USDA Zone 5, particularly when not fully established. Plants can lose significant numbers of flower buds or die to the ground in harsh winters (temperatures below -10 degrees F), thus respectively impairing or totally destroying the bloom for the coming year.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Mulch to help retain soil moisture.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. When planting your hydrangea, the crown (where the stem meets the roots) should be placed just below ground level. Planting deeper can cause the roots to rot. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Once the shrub is placed in the hole, tamp the soil down around it and water.

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf blight. Aphids are occasional visitors.