Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’

Pee-Wee oakleaf hydrangea

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Outstanding Qualities

Hydrangea 'Pee Wee' is the whole package. A smaller oakleaf hydrangea that is on stage in every season from springtime with its bright green new foliage, summer flowers, attractive fall color, and winter interest. And for the bonus round: this shrub is much reduced in size than typical, perfect for the urban garden or smaller space. The leaves are reminiscent of an oak leaf, up to about five inches long and deeply lobed as well as coarse in texture. By summer the foliage is dark green and the pyramidal flower panicles appear white, then gradually fade to pink before they're done blooming. In autumn the leaves turn shades of burgundy, maroon, and bronze. Once the mature stems are exposed by wintertime they stand out with their handsome exfoliating bark.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun is best

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: four-season magic: bright spring new growth, summer flowers, fall foliage, winter bark

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Culture Notes
Plant in full sun for best fall color. When planted in light or open shade the leaves may not turn color very much and may even hang on throughout the winter. Plant in a rich, well-drained soil. Provide regular watering during dry weather. Little, if any pruning is required with the exception of removing any dead, broken or poorly formed branches. Pruning for shape or otherwise should take place after the flowers have faded because blooms are formed on old wood, i.e., the prior year's growth. Faded flowers can be removed in fall or winter once they are no longer attractive.