Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’
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 NotesThis 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.
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