Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’

oakleaf hydrangea

Outstanding Qualities

Oakleaf hydrangea adds contrast and substance to the garden due to its large, oak-shaped leaves and dramatic flower heads. The flower heads are pyramidal in shape and appear in midsummer. They are comprised of many small white flowers that fade to rose-pink. This mound-forming shrub's leaves turn deep plum purple for a long period in autumn. The species is native to the southeastern United States.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, chartreuse, dark green

Great Color Partners: gold, bronze, brown, rose

Culture Notes

This hydrangea grows best in full sun to light or open shade. It is one of the few hydrangeas that will tolerate hot sun if it is kept well watered. A rich moist to well-drained soil produces the best growth and flowering. Hydrangeas are not drought tolerant and will grow and flower more prolifically with regular summer watering. Oakleaf hydrangea needs little pruning, remove any dead, broken or poorly formed branches. Faded flowers can be removed in fall or winter once they are no longer attractive.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular summer watering